Is there any more quintessential winter object than a snow globe? There is something about these tiny snow-covered winterscapes that fills us with a sense of nostalgia and wonder. Making your own is easy and fun, and all you need are a few simple materials that you may already have around the house. This project is fun for kids and ... The post Whimsical Mason Jar Snow Globes for the Holidays appeared first on Garden Therapy.
The final garden from the Austin Open Days Tour earlier this month is landscape architect Tait Moring's personal garden, which perches on a canyon's rim just off Bee Caves Road. His entry garden is an appealing mix of formality (boxwood hedging, geometric raised pond, fig ivy neatly trimmed on the wall) and rustic informality (loosely planted Mexican feathergrass, colorful pots zigzagging on the steps, a country-style gravel driveway). Color blocking with fig ivy and white limestone coping Tait said a branch fell into the pond, and he decided to leave it for the goldfish to enjoy. Waterfall detail, with ceramic turtle A chunky pillar and low wall display oversized pots, one with grasses and salvia, the others with hesperaloe. Across the driveway, a cactus dish sits on a limestone boulder amid grasses and goldeneye daisy. A decomposed-granite trail leads back toward the property's entrance. The busy highway just beyond is completely obscured by trees and bamboo along the property line. Gigantic stone spheres rest along the trail, leading you to a free-standing and inviting wooden gate. Architectural relics lie alongside the stone spheres. These spheres once accented the planting beds in the Rollingwood Randall's shopping center. When that shopping center [...] The post Canyon-side garden of Tait Moring: Austin Open Days Tour 2017 appeared first on Digging.
I road-tripped up to Dallas/Fort Worth last weekend with a friend for two days of garden visiting and nursery shopping. The Garden Conservancy was hosting an Open Days tour in Fort Worth on Sunday, and my favorite garden turned out to be that of metal artist Wanda Stutsman. I don't think she made the pieces pictured above, but they make a charming focal point on her garden shed. Wanda's specialty is forging botanical creations out of metal, like this light pillar with cut-outs of Japanese maple leaves. It's beautiful in the daytime and even more so at night, as seen on Wanda's website Fern Valley Art. She also makes lights with oak and palm leaves. Displayed throughout her garden, her metalwork adds personality and humor - like the windmill blades in this framed picture, subbing for the sun - to her patio spaces and garden beds. Her biggest piece was this wide gate at the top of her rural property, with coneflowers, daylilies, canna leaves, and a birdbath represented larger than life. This gate really announces that a gardener lives here, doesn't it? We also visited both Redenta's Garden nurseries, one in Arlington and the other in Dallas. At the  The post Botanical art at Stutsman garden, plus Dallas/Fort Worth nurseries appeared first on Digging.
Do you know what you're digging with? Many people don't know that shovels and spades are actually two different tools with different uses. There are so many garden tools out there that it can be overwhelming and hard to know which tools to use for which jobs, but if you know how to choose the right tools, your garden and ... The post The Home Gardener's Guide to Shovels and Spades appeared first on Garden Therapy.