Harmony Podcast

Sunset Western Garden book is new again

Today Sunset Western Garden book released its newest version.  See http://www.multivu.com/mnr/54487-the-new-sunset-western-garden-book.  It has more than 9000 plants.  It so amazing to see the variety of plants that are in the book.  For many years I have used Sunset…

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Best Plants to Bring You Love

With Valentine's Day tomorrow, you may still be scrambling for gifts.  Think about plants for the spring.  Why not start with plants that have a special love connection?  Rosemary, with its reputation for strengthening the memory, has become an…

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How to Handle Frustration Gracefully

My email was down today and while there's lots of big problems in the world, this one for a while seemed like a big problem to me.   I felt really out of control because it seemed difficult and lengthly to fix.  The first 12 hours or so I figured that…

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Dynamic, beautiful landscape trends

I just came back from the Los Angeles landscape industry show and had the opportunity to see some interesting trends.  I saw many of the usual landscape nurseries there with beautiful annuals but there are also many more nurseries showing succulent, cactus and…

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The Healing Benefits of Gardening

I recently wrote an article (not yet published) on the benefits of gardening and was mildly surprised that I was asked to focus on the physical benefits of this activity.  Although I have worked as hard as any construction worker digging holes, hauling plants,…

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Does money grow on trees?

The answer is that money can grow with trees.  What do I mean?  In the far east and now popular in America, the money tree can improve your prosperity.  I found this great article about it in the Manila Bulletin, …

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How to garden when you have no garden

I have friends who live in apartments and wonder how they can garden when they have no garden.  There are many wonderful solutions to this dilemma. If you have a balcony, of course you have at least one source of open space.  It is amazing what can be…

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Thirteen Deadly Plants to Avoid

Someone just tweeted an article to me on poisonous plants that I found interesting and useful. The article below is a great one to begin the education process from the little that I know, I think some of it is sensationalized.  For instance, we know that oleander…

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Giving Someone Too Many Choices

My mentor Don Kingsbury, taught me that there are always many options to offer clients when we are designing their gardens.  Often there is one option that is spectacular while the others may be just great. Because it takes so much time to design each different…

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What to do if disaster strikes your garden.

When I am analyzing the feng shui of a client I am very clear about what is happening in the home and garden.  But like the doctor or psychiatrist that can’t diagnosis themselves, I was a bit taken back and initially stumped by what was happening on my own…

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Writing is a guilty secret.

I discovered something very interesting while writing books. Writing is a secret guilty pleasure of mine. I always love to research things and learn about new things. Unless you are writing about something like this- where you are writing about your feelings, you…

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Beautiful Gardens the Right Way

Okay so I'm going to rant again. I just went back to a condominium landscape that had been installed five years ago. It was so frustrating to see it. I designed a tolerant landscape that is required by the city of Los Angeles. It looks AWFUL! Oh, it isn’t…

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