FREE Garden Class

July 19, 2014



I received an email from Fine Gardening magazine offering a FREE online mini-garden class, so I thought I would share this opportunity with you. Here’s what the email said:


Have the Garden of the Month, Every Month Make your garden the envy of all your neighbors–without an expensive overhaul! Join me, landscape designer and author Rebecca Sweet, for my FREE, online Craftsy mini-class, Transform Your Garden Design, and elevate your uninspired or chaotic garden to one that’s filled with harmonious color, texture and form.

During class, you will learn all the essential techniques you need to revive your garden design. First, I will teach you how to begin your garden transformation by editing your garden and breaking down key elements using photos. Then, find out how to create echoes in your space, to add a sense of continuity using color, texture and form.

Begin with the simplest element–color! Then explore the unexpected and touchable textures that the plant world has to offer. Finally, learn about shape and form, and how to incorporate this subtle element into your garden design. By the end of this class, you’ll have identified garden wrongs and have learned how to make them right with easy-to-understand and easy–to–implement solutions.

When I’m not teaching or designing with my firm Harmony in the Garden, you can find my work in magazines like Sunset, Fine Gardening and Country Living. I also make guest appearances on television and radio series like Growing a Greener World and Martha Stewart Living, and authored the book Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Texture and Form. Sign up for Transform Your Garden Design for FREE now, and learn how to wake your weary space to transform it into the garden of your dreams.

Rebecca Sweet | Craftsy Instructor

Link:  http://www.craftsy.com/class/transform-your-garden-design/4247?ext=Taunton_FineGardening_TransformYourGarden_7-19-14_cta1&utm_source=Taunton&utm_medium=External%20Email&utm_campaign=Fine%20Gardening-Registrations&initialPage=true

Note:  The photo above is not associated with Fine Gardening, but rather one of my photos taken at a plant sale earlier this year.


The Little Apricot Tree

July 16, 2014


Fruit Gallery #1:  First Crop

I walked around the grocery-store produce bins looking for fresh fruit with prices below two dollars per pound. I spotted apricots beautifully arranged between yellow and white peaches. Apricots are not my favorite fruit, but they were in season which meant they were affordable. I picked out those less ripe—my husband, Joe, likes his fruit crunchy—and finished my stopping.

At home I grabbed three grocery bags from the back of the car, stepped into the kitchen, and lifted the bags onto the counter next to a small bucket of fresh-picked apricots. I figured they came from one of the men in Joe’s construction crew. During harvest season, he often comes home with tomatoes, peaches, asparagus, and cherries.

Since we don’t have a backyard orchard, imagine my surprise when Joe told me later that we have an apricot tree!

Joe discovered it among the eucalyptus trees. The apricot tree is straggly, miss-shaped, and appears to be connected to a large eucalyptus root. As long as the little tree is happy, and with a little TLC, we should have a larger crop next year, at zero dollars per pound.

apricot tree

Apricots are a great source of vitamin A  and potassium. For more nutritional facts click on:


To watch a video on growing apricots from seed click on: 



Summer Reading

July 9, 2014

 Planning a vacation this summer? Take Ashley’s Gift with you and discover the gift!

This moving story will leave you hungry for the sequel.

summer reading

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I made a promise . . .

July 7, 2014



Hummingbird Mint is the newest addition to one of my many potted plants. The mix of coral-colored blossoms is also novel to the white, lavender, and pink hues around the house and garden.

I had purposely planted the Hummingbird Mint in view of the kitchen and great room windows, but I spotted only one hummingbird drinking sweet nectar from the tubular flowers. Then the blossoms died. While I was deadheading on a warm early morning, a hummerbird fluttered about looking for breakfast.

She came close to me, hovered one foot in front of my face.

“Sorry,” I said with an earnest heart, “it will bloom again, soon.”

She tilted her head as if to acknowledge my apology. Then off she flew in anticipation of  a promise.



Only two words . . .

July 1, 2014

welcome july


Girl Fight!

July 1, 2014

For days now, two hens have been brooding in the same nesting box. Their body language is different every time I go to the coop.


Could you turn around? The view isn’t pretty!


Boy, I try to improve the view and then you sit on me! What’s up with that?


I’ll tell you what’s up with that! You’re taking up all the room. I need a break!


You’re on my back again, and now my head is stuck in the egg tray.

That’s a good place for it!


Stop trying to make up!


Hey! Help me keep an eye on the hen next door. She might try to squeeze in.


Reform . . .

June 19, 2014

Yard sales and flea markets are in full swing. Make a day out of this fun-loving activity with friends or family. There’s always something useful or decorative for the house, office, or garden to be found. Use your imagination and reform an old object into something new. Here are a few ideas for the garden.










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