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February 18, 2009

A Fine Gardening Moment

With too much time on my hands, I played around with a photo from my front yard taken this fall. I did one of those photo-diagrams that you see in the back of Fine Gardening magazine that labels what you see in the garden.

A. Black and Blue Salvia (Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue')
B. Rose Glow Barberry (Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Rose Glow')
C. Dwarf Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis')
D. Twisted Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Torulosa')
E. Hardy Banana (Musa basjoo)
F. Gyokuryu Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Gyokuryu')
G. DeGroot's Spire Arborvitae (Thuja orientalis 'DeGroot's Spire')
H. Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
I. Forest Pansy Redbud (Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy')
J. Summer Chocolate Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate')

I have had a subscription to Fine Gardening for many years. I also enjoy getting Garden Design, Carolina Gardener and Virginia Gardener. I have mentioned before that one of my favorite customers brings me back issues of the RHS magazine The Garden, and leering through this periodical always sends me into English landscape lust.

Which gardening magazines do you enjoy?


  1. What a great way to diagram your garden. I love Black & Blue Salvia, it was a new addition to my garden this past fall. Some of the mags I get are Birds & Blooms, Garden Gate & Horticulture.

  2. Great way to archive the garden plants and ID them for those of us who don't know what you have.
    I like Fine Gardening, Carolina Gardener, used to subscribe to American Gardener...not sure why I let it lapse.

  3. Very very cool! I subscribe to a lot of gardening magazines. My favorite is Fine Gardening. I also get Horticulture, Alabama Gardener, Garden Design, and Country Gardens.

  4. All of them Les. I must say I like the view in your front yard and the diagram. I too love Fine Gardening. Also Horticulture, Mother Earth News, Organic Gardening, Tennessee Gardener, um, I must stop or I'll name them all as I love all things gardening. Don't subscribe to as many now that I blog though. Thanks for your help with the camellia.

  5. All you need now is a helicopter :-)

    Good idea of yours: I have often wondered how to go about getting a diagram for what's left of my garden.

    I can quite see why that customer disposes of his RHS maggies. They are not a patch on the older ones before 1990. I still haven't opened the last eight that arrived on the doormat."The Plantsman" might be better.

  6. Awesome! I wish I could do things like that. I'm lucky to crop all the fingertips out of my pictures :)

  7. Hi Les, I LOVE THIS! Have you noticed that FG moved that diagram from the outside back to inside the back page? I will have to try this, it looks like fun! And yes, I am a dead ringer for Angelina Jolie! HA I wish. My newest fave mag is the BBC Gardens Illustrated. I just got my first issue and am trying to figure out how to buy back issues. No online sales, only by phone or mail and you have to figure the dollar exchange. Worth it though, worth it.

  8. Racquel,
    I hope you gave Black and Blue plenty of room. I have been surprised how much real estate it needs.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    I am thinking about starting Horticulture again, but I will have to give up something else - too much to read.

    You are welcome for the camellia help, it is one of favorite topics.

    Thank you, I had fun doing it.

    I'll pretend I did not read your comment and go on and enjoy them anyway. The helicopter idea is getting closer. Pretty soon you may be able to use Google to identify weeds in your own garden.

    Don't worry, I don't post the shots taken of my thumb.

    Thanks for taking time out of your busy celebrity schedule to stop by.


  9. That's a nice idea with the plant ID, and well done.
    I mostly borrow the gardening magazines from the library, and read many regional ones. The gardening books I've purchased are overflowing though.

  10. Hi! I's web editor and we stumbled upon this post today. I'm wondering if you would share this diagram in our gallery and maybe even write a little about how you did it? The gallery is full of pets right now but we like plant photos, too. :)


  11. Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Organic gardening, The English Home (for the gardens, of course). Also, I just discovered a few videos on netflix...The Art and Practice of Gardening by designer and historian Penelope Hobhouse...a good way to spend a rainy afternoon!

  12. My favorite right now is Gardens Illustrated, as well, mostly because it's one of the few that focuses on plants, gardeners, and growing techniques more than on design (although they have added a design section as well); Horticulture has sort of a similar focus, in my opinion. I'm really more into journals from specialist societies more now than general gardening mags, too. I like a well designed garden as much as the next guy, but reading about those too much just emphasizes the fact that I don't have one!

  13. The RHS 'The Garden' very chichi and in synch with the times (ie advertising-driven hort trends)but have to concur with Chris--it
    doesnt hold a patch to the old Gardeners' Chronicle. (of which I still have my set running from ''64
    to '88 and consult regularly.

    And then there's Hortus, for the ultra-snooty (or at least garden
    ers who also enjoy good writing)

  14. I'm still thinking about the things you have in your garden - the diversity seems wonderful! That chocolate mimosa has always been a temptation - is it as pretty as it looks? Mimosas tend to be weedys down here, horrible in the wind, and so short-lived - but I'd take one of those for as long as I could I believe...

    I got Garden Design for awhile - I really liked it. But I've had too many magazines piling up, and I read too much for work - so I've tried to limit my subscriptions (tried=failed miserably). Did get Organic Gardening for awhile, in my Michigan huge-vegetable-garden-days.

  15. Great moment in your garden.

    One question, since you're a nurseryman, about DeGroot's Spire arborvitae. Is it tolerant of wet conditions? I know Thuyja orientalis is, but I'm not so sure about Thuyja plicata. Is there a similar narrow version of Thuyja orientalis that you know of? Thanks for any help you can give.

  16. I let all my subscriptions expire this year and I'm rethinking the whole process. I'm buying more books that are geared toward my interest.

    That is a pretty nifty diagram of your plants and great way to document the garden. Much easier than what I was going to do.

  17. I like the way you did the diagram. I always thought it was cleaver of Fine Gardening to do that. I get all mags you mentioned cept Virginia Magazine. I should, I know the editor and like her work. I also get Country Gardener, and Nature's Garden. I also like the gardening section of BHG and Southern Living.

  18. What a great idea. I absolutely love the hardy banana and one of my favourite plants ever, the swaying Albizia. I always see this sort of plans in magazines but for a disorderly person like me, it's only a galaxy away. The names of magazines I love to read would probably sound strange to you, but anything and everything to do with plants and homeopathy will eventually end up on my bookshelf.

  19. I have a subscription to Garden Design right now, but my abs. favorite is Pacific Horticulture, which is only a quarterly. Sigh.

  20. Northern Shade,
    I am with you, and am not sure there is room in this house for one more gardening book.

    I will have to think about your invitation. You are right, I am not sure I saw anything but cats and dogs in the gallery.

    The other Kate,
    I got that DVD set for Christmas and have been enjoying them too.

    I am not sure I have ever seen an issue of Gardens Illustrated, I'll have to look.

    That sounds like quite a reference collection.

    They are weedy here as well. The sides of the highway are lined with them and make driving to work a little more enjoyable when they bloom.

    I am fairly certain they do not like wet feet, but do like moisture. In my experience they are not as tolerant of drought as some other needled evergreens. By the way I have been having trouble commenting on your blog. I am not sure whose end the problem is on.

    I once got a lot more magazines and am now down to just a few. The web has changed everything as many publications are finding out.

    I like So. Living too, but wait to look at my Mom and Dad's when we visit.

    That Banana has been one of my favorite plants and I have had no trouble from it what so ever. Thanks for stopping by.

    After several years without, I renewed Garden Design, just for the rich photos.