FRIDAY FINDS

Did you follow the Gardenista design awards at all? I hate to say it, but I wasn't blown away by them this year, at least from a gardening standpoint. But this yard is downright cool. In fact, I'm sure I'm not cool enough to hang out in a place like that, but someone very cool is hanging there.

http://theprudentgarden.com/growing-backyard-figs/
The Prudent Garden photo

I wish I could grow figs. I'm not even sure I like figs, but I'd like to grow them. If you live somewhere warmer (probably at least zone 7), give them a try and report back! But first check out The Prudent Garden's great tips.

Do you have luck finding stuff on Craigslist? I gave up because I never saw anything interesting, but I always enjoy when Emily Henderson does virtual shopping trips on Craigslist. I never find stuff like this.

A few people asked me for tips on growing sweet peas and since this was the first year I've grown them, I didn't have a lot of advice other than to repeat what I did. Tanya did a good post on it here.

I love a good peek into someone's garden, and Angie's is looking amazing.


Don't forget to enter to win a set of Troy-Bilt garden tools!

Have a great weekend everyone! What's your plan?


7 comments :

  1. Thanks for the share Erin! And you're so right about that garden...it's so cool that it's cold. I'd rather hang out in my weedy veg patch any day ;)

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  2. I've been dying to try a fig tree too. One of my friends here in town has one that she babies to get it to produce - it's right up against the house facing south - so it gets sun and warmth from the house. I think she even takes it inside in the winter. I'm never very good at the whole overwintering thing. If it can't survive a Canadian winter, I don't want it. Went back and entered the contest - thanks for the opportunity.
    Have a great weekend.

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  3. Hey Erin,
    Thank you so much for featuring me in your Friday Finds! I can't believe it's almost September. Time to get the fall garden up and running! I'm so glad I have my camera to capture the fleeting images of summer. They definitely don't last that long, so it's a must to enjoy them before they are gone. Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  4. I have good luck with Craigslist, but it's so hit or miss. I have a few things I search often and usually pull no results. But when you score, you really score. Always the same situation with the scores--family selling a relative's stuff and just ready to be done. I'm going to get a set of china I found on Craigslist on Monday. $60 for a 79 piece set. One dinner plate in this pattern sells for $30 on replacements!
    Also, my laurentia started blooming again this week with the cool nights. It must be more like lobelia than I was led to believe.

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  5. Have you heard of the chicago hardy fig tree? Its supposedly hardy to zone 5:

    http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/Chicago-Hardy-Fig-Tree.htm

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  6. That is one of the few Gardenista winners I liked. Simple but sophisticated. But I would not need all that seating area so I kept yrying to decide how to use that space.

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  7. I think my favorite is the pruner. I have 1 fig tree growing this year it had 1 fig. It was awesome. --mm--

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