Bird House Made From Recovered Bullets

The people at Urban Gardens have once again found a thought-provoking piece of functional art in this Brass Birdhouse made from over 2,500 bullets found in Lebanese hunting grounds.

The piece, made by New York based design studio L.E.F.T. is, to me, an interesting juxtaposition between good and ugly. You have 2500 bullets and you can use them to make art or to make war. It’s your choice.

Plus I like the little perch.

Roses and Clematis Intertwined

For me there is always a joy in watching a garden evolve over time, whether it’s my own garden, the garden of a friend or of a client.

On the LinkedIn site of the National Association of Professional Women in Landscape, Karen Chapman, owner of Le Jardinet talks about a garden she designed for friends/clients that involved intertwining Roses and Clematis along a pergola over the home’s garage. She discusses how rewarding it is to design a garden for a client who will let you visit year after year to follow its evolution. The post is titled Friends and can be found on her blog

Click here for more information about Karen, her company and her new book.

Urban Gardens posted about this very portable greenhouse on their site a few days ago and I thought it was so great I just had to post about it on my blog.

This amazing greenhouse was designed by Studio Besau-Marguerre in Hamburg in collaboration with Adrien Petrucci. It comes with a leather strap, which, aside from being fashionable, is also practical as you can move this small greenhouse inside or out as weather permits.

Twig Plant Markers

June 9, 2012

Twig Garden Markers

I saw these great  garden markers on Urban Gardens and just loved them. They are made by Jo in Edmonton and sold on her Etsy store.

Jo makes these from Manitoba Maple twigs she finds in her yard. The ink is heat stamped to make them okay for outdoor use.

You can also ask Jo to customize a set for you if you want different names on them.

Five are $20

Artichoke and Euphorbia Leaves

This is my entry for this week’s photo challenge. It means summer to me because I love mixing edibles in with my flower beds and I find that artichokes look particularly good in a perennial bed. I love the way their leaves are structured. And I love artichokes!

Cindy Meredith, owner of The Herb Cottage, has a list on her web site of plants for a Butterfly Garden.

The above plant, Discliptera subpelta, also known as Uruguyan Firecracker Plant and King’s Mantle, puts out red flowers from summer to fall.

Another species in the genus Dicliptera is resupinata. It has waxy green leaves and small lavender flowers.

For more information about these and other herbs and interesting plants in general go to Cindy’s web site, The Herb Cottage or take some time to read her blog.

Many people who live in hot, dry climates have a tough time growing things in the garden. They think it’s because they don’t have a green thumb. They think it’s because they neglect their pants or that there is some gardening secret that eludes them.

This is usually not the case. Most of the time they are planting the wrong plants.

Plant Select® is administered cooperatively by The Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University along with horticulturists and nurseries to identify plants that are adapted to the particular climate of the Intermountain and Rocky Mountain Range.

The web site provides a wealth of information from insightful articles about plants to a searchable plant database, examples of actual gardens and downloadable garden designs for you to use in your own garden.

There is an abundance of information on the site even for the gardener who is not  in the Intermountain or Rocky Mountain region. You can sort through the database for plants using all kinds of criteria.

And don’t think this site is only useful to those living in dry, hot areas. We are all trying to use less water to irrigate our landscapes which makes this site particularly useful as it focuses mainly on plants that can survive on little water.

It truly is a worthwhile resource.

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