Midwest city prides itself on wildflower landscape

… and by “midwest” we mean an Australian midwestern territory, however … any U.S. Midwestern area could do the same. There’s nothing said in this video that couldn’t be said of America’s native flower landscape we only took pride in it and fostered its restoration.

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If “only God can make a tree,” how can you instantly construct one to suit a landscape design need?

Joyce Kilmer wrote, “Only God can make a tree.” A mock log, on the other hand, can be made by almost anybody.

After transplanting some salvaged wild currants (locating them uphill from our composting area), I recognized I needed to add something in between the shrubs and compost piles in order to suppress weeds and, more importantly, satisfy an aesthetic need. I ended up constructing what appears to be a large, fallen tree.

Scrounging from my collection of hollowed-out stumps and harvesting bark from dead quaking aspen, I made what appears to be a 15-foot-long, fallen tree.

The construction also serves as a haven for small critters, which our dog finds endlessly entertaining.

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Best laundry line I’ve ever had suits our environmental ethics and gardening aesthetics

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Over the last four decades, I’ve had a half dozen different laundry line arrangements, but none was so aesthetically pleasing and yet perfectly functional as our current hillside-to-house system. The photos tell most of the story. A salvaged split-rail fence holds one end of the lines, while an iron garden stake (painted green to match window trim and screwed to the window framing) supports the other end of the lines. The fence feels like an organic member of the prairie hillside, and the iron rail turns nearly invisible against the house. ~ J.B.

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Organic, cost-effective erosion control — large scale or small: compost-filled burlap tubes

My brilliant friend Nick Novick is responsible for much of the ingenuity and installation of landscape elements at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. He tells me that chipmunks have messed with the burlap tubes mentioned in the  video below, so some repair will be necessary, but don’t let that discourage your trying this effective slope-stabilizing method.

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“Habitart” (habitat+art) sculpture serves wildlife and landscape aesthetics, raises awareness

on May 26, 2011 “Bees Please” Mason Bee Box in the roundabout at Yew & 6th in Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC. Chloe Bennett Design.

See also: Creature tower video.

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Stone walls and native plants produce breathtaking terraces around wildlife-friendly home

|  April 27, 2011  | On a rocky, ski-slope hillside, garden designer Glee Ingram restored wildlife-friendly native plants after excavating overrun exotic invasives.

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Take a look at Florida natives in a richly landscaped yard

  |  April 22, 2011  | A home in Central Florida with lots of native plants.

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