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Archives for August 17, 2017


Dear Gazette Gardeners,

We are now in August which means Autumn will soon be upon us – it is time to make the most of the remainder of Summer! Gardening is the perfect excuse to spend extra time in the sun, absorbing as much vitamin D as possible. If you feel like your garden is due a little TLC, try focusing on the areas you don’t usually pay attention to: the moss on the pathway or the remedial work your fencing needs and hedges that need making that little business t more squared off, perhaps?

Power washing:
If your path is looking a bit dated and in need of an uplift, you do not need to spend a lot of money replacing the brickwork or paving. Power washing is an amazing alternative which will leave you feeling like you’ve had a brand-new pathway or patio. At JHPS Gardens, we conduct the power washing for our customers by using our professional industrial power-washer. We clean drives, patios and paved areas of all the dirt and moss that has built up overtime which leaves the hard-paved areas looking crisp. Power-washing removes all the dirt, green moss and algae leaving a great result.

Hedging and Fencing:
Fences and/or hedging is an important part of your garden, as not only does it define your boundary and adds style, it also improves your privacy.
Replacing your fencing and hedges can be costly, so regular maintenance is essential. For your fencing, a protective paint or stain will minimize any damage to the timber. If one panel happens to split or rot, repair just that one panel for a like-for-like to ensure your property continues to look inviting and loved.
Maintain your hedges by shaping and trimming them regularly. It is extremely easy for your hedges to become unruly, lose shape and even create unwanted shade! Once the hedge shape is established it will then be much easy to maintain throughout the entire year, keeping it both neat and healthy.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a greenhouse, I am sure you regularly keep it neat to ensure there are no pest issues and your veggies and plants can grow as desired. You should also regularly clean and sterilize all of the surfaces, including tables and floors, with warm water and environmentally-friendly soap. For a deep clean it is normally best to wait till the winter to carry this out.

Top Tip
Remember, if going on holiday get someone to cut you lawn whilst you are away. An uncut lawn is a real red flag to burglars telling them that you are on holiday and that the house is empty!


Jason Harker



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Tips for Starting Your Own Garden

A lot of people want to start a sustainable garden for a summer project, but don’t know where to begin. While at first it can seem simple to start a garden (put a seed in the ground, water it, and watch it grow— right?), there’s a lot more to it than you would think. Depending on where you live, certain plants are better than others. It’s also important to choose the right time for the right plants. Picking the right spot for your plants (shade and sun exposure) is also something to consider. We’ve come up with a few tips and tricks to make sure that your summer gardening project goes smoothly. Here are some things to consider when you’re planning your planting:

Go Organic. Using less chemicals in your garden is more ecologically sound — and more cost effective. If you’re raising food for your family, gardening organically is even more important. Start from the ground up by building good soil, rich in nutrients; add natural compost to amend the soil. If you discover insect pests or plant disease in your garden, treat with organic solutions. To read more about organic gardening solutions,

Plant Natives. Plants that are indigenous to your region are called natives. These plants take less work, usually require less water, and thrive better than other perennials because they are already suited to your climate, rainfall, and soil types. Additionally, native plant species provide food and shelter for the native insect and bird populations.

Water Less. Having a less thirsty garden is an important element of sustainability, especially in areas where water is scarce and restricted. Xeriscaping, the method of gardening and landscaping that reduces the need for watering, incorporates a wide variety of attractive drought-tolerant shrubs and perennials.

Grow Your Own Food. Growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs is satisfying, easy, and delicious. Plus, raising some of your own food is part of a sustainable lifestyle. Plant strategically and by season. Crops, such as greens and lettuce, sprout quickly in the spring but die out in summer’s hot temps. Beds can be interplanted with hot-weather crops such as tomatoes and peppers. When autumn temps cool down, you can sow cool weather crops again, getting three seasons of food from the same area.

Some fruits and veggies that do well during the warm season here in San Diego include tomato, watermelon, cantaloupe, summer squash, cucumber, snap and lima beans, and sweet corn.

Save Seeds. When annual flowers go to seed at the end of the season, collect their dried seed heads and store them in a dry place all winter. You can sow the seeds in your garden next spring. Try this with marigold, sunflower, and morning glory.

Happy gardening!

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Gardening tips for August – The Herald

It’s August, and the tomatoes are finally ripening on the vine, the perennials are rampant and, surprisingly, my spring pansies are still holding on. Weeds, too, are digging their heels in, a constant reminder that the garden doesn’t ever go on autopilot, even if it appears that way. Here are 31 tips and chores to ensure the garden doesn’t look tired by month’s end.

1. Resist the urge to let zucchini grow big; they’re tastier and more tender if picked when small.

2. Sanitation is important for a healthy garden: Clean up fallen fruit from around trees to prevent pest infestations.

3. To help avoid heat wilt, mist leaves of hybrid tea roses with liquid seaweed.

4. For best flavor, harvest herbs in midmorning just after the dew has dried


5. If you need to relocate evergreens, it’s safe to do so from now through October.

6. When watering the lawn, remember: Less frequent deep waterings trump daily sprinkles on established turf.

7. For a second harvest this fall, plant cool-season crops like lettuce, radishes, spinach and peas now.

8. Keep mower blades set to 3 or more inches. Grass blades are leaves, which need to photosynthesize; cut them too short and they’ll stress.

9. No need to panic if your evergreens’ innermost branches begin to brown. It’s normal for older branches to shed this time of year.

10. Re-edge beds to give a fading garden a face-lift.

11. Harvest rose hips for tea or jam—as long as you haven’t sprayed your plants.

12. Transplant spring-flowering bulbs that are crowded or needed elsewhere in the garden.

13. Turn off pond pumps when electrical storms are in the forecast.

14. If cabbage heads split, harvest immediately or they’ll become inedible.

15. Monitor moisture levels in containers often; potted plants may need to be watered twice a day.

16. Harvest onions when their tops flop over, but let them cure in the sun for a few days before storing indoors.

17. Want free plants next year? Take cuttings of geraniums and wax begonias, and root indoors now. Then care for them as houseplants until spring.

18. Harvest beets when 2 inches wide. You can saute and eat the leaves, too (this is not the case for tomatoes or carrots, which have toxic foliage.)

19. Order spring bulbs now, before the best ones sell out. They’ll be shipped in time for fall planting.

20. Collect seeds from day lilies, spider plants, rose campions and other perennials that produce pods. Store in a paper envelope in the fridge, away from fruit, until spring.

21. This is the best time to renovate the lawn. Remove dead patches, aerate, apply compost and seed. Water deeply once, then sprinkle twice a day until 3 inches tall.

22. Don’t let weeds go to seed; pull them out by their roots.

23. If houseplants kept outdoors for summer have outgrown their containers, repot now.

24. If you can, leave standard and plum tomatoes on the vine until fully ripe; they’ll taste better. Cherry tomatoes ripen just fine on the counter.

25. Divide crowded daylilies after they’ve stopped blooming.

26. Divide and transplant overgrown and crowded peonies, keeping “eyes” no more than an inch or two below the soil surface.

27. Plant a clover cover crop in cleared-out vegetable beds for a burst of natural nitrogen next spring when you turn it over.

28. Shop end-of-season sales for plant deals—but be choosy; they’ve been sitting in pots all season.

29. Move outdoor potted plants into the shade to ease them into a move indoors next month. Water as usual.

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5 garden tips for this week, Aug. 19-25

Morning watering is best

Hopefully we all know that judicious watering is absolutely essential this time of year. Keep in mind that container plants dry out quickly, and citrus and avocado trees need regular soil moisture for fruit to develop properly. It’s always best to irrigate as early in the morning as possible so water has a chance to seep into the soil. Try never to water on a hot or breezy afternoon, because much of it evaporates without helping your plants.

Harvest time

Harvest late stone fruits, midseason apples and various grapes. Late peaches and nectarines are especially yummy. Thompson Seedless grapes are super sweet by now; so are Concords. The second round of figs is beginning to ripen also. Check and harvest daily to outdo the green fruit beetles, which are harmless to humans and pets but feast for a few weeks on soft fruits, and there is no way to stop them — short of catching them yourself.

Great grapes

Keep an eye on ripening grapes to make sure you get your share before the bees and birds do. Of course, they are wonderful fresh fruits, but you can do other things with grapes as well. For instance, separate individual berries of seedless types and put them in containers in the freezer for great frozen treats. Control excessive or unwanted growth by pruning the longest shoots back part way now.

Color your world

Now is the best time to select colorful flowering trees for your yard, while they are flowering and while there is time for the roots to get acclimated before winter settles in. Summer blooming trees include Crape Myrtles, which come in many colors; Floss Silk Tree (Chorisia speciosa) with its fragrant rich pink hibiscus-like flowers; Gold Medallion Tree (Cassia leptophylla) with bright yellow blooms; Jacaranda with blue flowers; and Magnolia with fragrant white flowers.

Summer showoffs

“Naked ladies” have awakened from summer slumber and can be seen dancing in many gardens throughout Southern California for the next few weeks. Known officially as Amaryllis belladonna, these pink trumpet-shaped blooms emerge almost overnight in late summer atop 18-inch-long stems with no foliage to cover their graceful form. What’s more, they’re full of perfume and have a wonderful fragrance. Not long after these flowers die, long green leaves emerge and stay throughout winter and spring. Then they go completely dormant in early summer, and that’s the best time to transplant them.

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Chihuly Garden and Glass Partners with the Office of Arts & Culture in Support of the Mayor’s Arts Awards

SEATTLE, Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Chihuly Garden and Glass continues its partnership with the Seattle Office of Arts Culture in support of the Mayor’s Arts Awards. As part of a five-year agreement, Chihuly Garden and Glass will work with community partners to select a local, emerging artist to design the awards each year. Both Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Seattle Office of Arts Culture are proud to announce that the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards will be created by artist Nao Yamamoto.

“Our partnership with Seattle Office of Arts Culture further underscores our mission of empowering and supporting emerging artists in the Pacific Northwest,” said Michelle Bufano, executive director, Chihuly Garden and Glass. “We live in a region that is known for its rich glass art community. These awards present an exciting opportunity to showcase the wide range of talented artists who work in the medium of glass.”

This year’s award design is part of Yamamoto’s Ripples series, which resembles large, vibrant colored teardrops, and includes intricately placed handmade glass beads that represent ripples in water. Her design pulls inspiration from the Pacific Northwest as she visited five local bodies of water, incorporating the colors and textures she experienced at Green Lake, Alki Beach, Lake Union, Golden Gardens and Lake Washington. Chihuly Garden and Glass aims to give the artist complete creative control over the design and highlight his or her personal story through their work. To date, the award partnership has featured the work of artists Manuel Castro and Ali VandeGrift.

“We are excited to honor the amazing individuals and organizations that define our region with a local glass masterpiece through our partnership with Chihuly Garden and Glass,” says Randy Engstrom, director, Seattle Office of Arts Culture. “Nao Yamamoto’s design is truly a homage to our amazing city.”

The 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients will be announced on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Mayor’s Arts Awards, including the 2017 finalists and past recipients, visit:

About Chihuly Garden and Glass
Located at Seattle Center, Chihuly Garden and Glass brings together all the elements of Dale Chihuly’s work, including Drawings, signature glass series, large architectural installations and personal collections in a long-term exhibition.


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Treasure Garden Introduces New Designer Focus Milan Shade Solution

This press release is submitted and shown here in its original form, unedited by Furniture Today.

Baldwin Park, Calif. – August 16, 2017 – For 2018, Treasure Garden announces the addition of its latest outdoor umbrella design, the Milan. A unique shade solution, the Milan takes inspiration from the designer runways of Europe from which it takes its name. Being introduced in a 9’ Auto Tilt style, the Milan umbrella features a crisp pleated canopy design reminiscent of haute couture dressing. Available in any of the dozens of select fabrics from Treasure Garden, the Milan is being introduced to provide one-of-a-kind designer shade for outdoor spaces anywhere.

“With the stylish and runway-ready look of the Milan, this is a shade solution that will allow our retailers to offer another designer option to their customers or design professionals,” said Candy Chase, national sales manager, Treasure Garden. “The bold, wide pleating on this shade is unique to Treasure Garden and offers a simplicity of style, but packs designer appeal.”

In addition to the unique styling of the Milan, this umbrella offers an octagon canopy allowing for a full 57 square feet of shade. The Milan also features a two year warranty and a crank lift with infinite tilt. Six durable powder coat finish selections are available for the umbrella pole including bronze, champagne, anthracite, white, driftwood and black.

The new Milan umbrella will debut along with Treasure Garden’s other 2018 introductions during the Casual Market Chicago at the Merchandise Mart Showroom 1655 – September 12 through 15, 2017.

For more information about Treasure Garden products, please contact 626.814.0168 or visit .

About Treasure Garden:

Since 1984, Treasure Garden has manufactured the widest selection of shade products in the world. Treasure Garden offers more than 25,000 choices of shade umbrellas and accessories including designer outdoor rugs. Treasure Garden is a multiple winner of the Manufacturer of the Year Award for Shade Products by the retail membership of the International Casual Furnishings Association. (ICFA)

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HDD integrates chinese garden design into an ultra-compact apartment in shanghai

the project is located in an old historical district of shanghai, for more than seventy years, being the the sole living space for three generations. today, thanks to design practice HDD,  it will be served as a brand new apartment for the youngest couple of the family – with a limitation of 35sqm


one of the predominant features of the building is the triple height ceiling, in which HDD blends the spatial quality of a chinese garden – with full richness – into such a small apartment. this approach indeed transforms the interior complexit, creating a dynamic moving experience within the project. ‘in the most of traditional chinese gardens, the space is quite limited, so one should find a way to squeeze all natural elements into this small plot. there are several techniques be used in chinese landscape design, which could also be implemented into interior design. ‘seeing grandness through smallness’ is one of the most important techniques; one should experience much bigger spaces in such a small plot,’ notes the architect zhang hai’ao. 



in this project, many movable doors and furniture are used to transform the apartment from a closed form to an open one, creating a much more lively setting within a small scale. people could see different things simply by walking along the space; this effect is called ‘moving by seeing’ in garden designg. hence, all rooms become only a fracture of the whole experience, offering a holistic opera experience altogether. the strategies of ‘winded walking circulations’ as well as ‘borrowing views from outside’ are also heavily implemented in the layout. 


furthermore, ‘the story of the western wing’ – as one of the greatest operas of all time – is also introduced in the project. for instance, ‘TING’, meaning pavilion in chinese, is recreated in the top of the space, becoming a social area for chatting and relaxing. ‘Tai’, meaning podium, is created for the living room, providing a TV and other entertainment systems. finally,’Shui’, meaning water, indicates the entire walking experience in the apartment.


all in all, the project is an architectural of the traditional chinese garden and modern city life, projecting the relaxing old fashioned landscape design into the fast-pace life of today’s chinese metropolis


project info:

project name: vertical garden _ chinese garden meets ultra compact apartment 

design team: hdd (shanghai huadu architectureurban design co.,ltd)

architect: zhang hai’ao, li di

structure engineer: wang guoxun


location: shanghai
area: 35sqm
period: 2017.04 – 2017.08



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

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Parklets on Main Street? City and DelDOT debate feasibility of mini parks

An artist’s rendering shows what a parklet could look like on Main Street.

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Going for green

It is interesting watching how trends suddenly emerge for ideas which are not necessarily new. This month we revealed on our website that the UK green roof market is delivering an 17% increase in growth year on year. The report was published by in association with the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), and was launched at the First Assessment of the UK Green Roof Market event at London City Hall, hosted by the Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Shirley Rodrigues

The report showed that growth was happening both nationally and in London, where 42% of the market currently is focused, and the findings also suggested specific planning policies affecting London were partly responsible for its exploding popularity. Roof gardens are not a brand new concept, but what this demonstrates is that a little public awareness combined with a smart policy decision from local or even central government really does have a big effect on the buying decisions of the public. In this instance, it so happens that roof gardens are an incredibly attractive way to adorn buildings, and create cool spaces for the people inside to break out be outdoors.

This month we are featuring a residential development in Milan which incorporates a ‘vertical gardens’ concept, resulting in a building that looks like something out of the Avatar movie, but in a good way. Forcing the natural into an urban context produces some very attractive designs, and a unique way to live in a city that is so identifiably Italian. Elsewhere we are looking at a Gourock coastal development by Hirst Landscape Architects, and exploring the challenges that were overcome to tart up an area that was very tired before Paul Miller and his team got their hands on it.

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Small steps can lead to big impacts in Brunswick

If you’re interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.

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