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June 2012
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These could be heading to YOUR garden!
So what have you been up to recently?   My life has been one extended shopping spree at my favorite nurseries! If there's a down side it's just that I can't find  room for all the plants I want as well as yours - my poor little car is busting at the seams as it is! 
If you want to join in the party email me today and let's get you ready for the summer parties. Flip flops optional.


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I am thrilled to be able to share the great news that I will have my very first book published next February! The 'working' title (publisher-speak for "we haven't decided yet") is


which won't come as any surprise to those of you who know me well.


I am co-authoring the book with my good friend and fellow designer Christina Salwitz (aka Personal Garden Coach). The award winning photographer Ashley DeLatour of One Thousand Words photography will be the primary photographer.


There will be lots of mouth watering, inspirational ideas for your containers and gardens and most importantly we will explain why each design works which we hope gives you the confidence to take our ideas and expand on them.


St. Lynn's Press will be publishing this as a hardback book in time for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show February 2013.


Stay tuned for news on promotional seminars, cover release photos and pre-order options on Amazon. Woo-hoo! (Who needs sleep?)


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There  are procrastinators and there are those who are just forgetful - which ever you are I can still help you to make your patio  party central. The GOOD news is that you have left it long enough for the weather now to be warm enough for me to include the tropical favorites such as crotons, bromeliads and Bougainvillea. By July I'll be nestled nicely under my sun umbrella thank you - so TODAY is the day to talk plants!


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In the spirit of 'research' I am always looking for new plants to grow and new combinations to try. 

begonia million kisses elegance
Begonia 'Million kisses - Elegance


Today I went out of my way to visit a funky little (wholesale) nursery of exotic plants in Seattle (there's an oxymoron if ever there was one). I came across a great succulent called Kalanchoa 'Copper spoons', and promptly bought "a few". 


Thought I'd try out some sunset themed color pairings with Begonia 'Million kisses - Elegance' (A British introduction - of course...) and a scrumptious coleus (MUCH nicer than this link suggests called Spitfire. Want more flowers? Well I also picked up an African daisy (Osteospernum) called 'Sunny Sheila' which sounds rather Australian for an African daisy. Anyway it is a sort of smokey coppery russet shade. Might add a little extra white 'something' to stop it being too sombre and repeat the begonia color.


So 'sunset colors' are IN (but if you read my blog you'd know that anyway) and I'm working hard to interpret that 'le jardinet' style.



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sunsetGarden Adventures - for thumbs of all colors, is a lighthearted, information packed blog for all gardeners and garden lovers. Laugh while you learn, pick up new ideas and be inspired by others is the theme as I cover everything from container design to slug patrol.


The most popular post last month was


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I'll often ask clients what their color preferences are for container garden plantings or as a palette for a new garden border. It can often be hard for them to articulate, however, and ends up being a series of Q & A - reds? Yes. Oranges?  Not sure.  Blues? Maybe. I find that I need [...]...



Remember my 'old' adventures at www.karensgardenadventures.com  has now moved to  www.lejardinetdesigns.com/blog.  Same fun but easier to find.


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Enjoy garden photographs on my virtual pin boards - visit Pinterest! You don't need an account to enjoy the boards, just a cup of tea will do as you sit back and get new ideas for containers ombinations and garden designs, pathways and art work. I add new images daily, both my own and others whose work inspires me. Hope you enjoy them - tell me which are your favorites boards.


If my new book intrigues you be sure to follow my Focus on Foliage board!






You can be sure I'll be out and about scouting for additional photography opportunites for our book! Here are a few of my favorites.


June 16th, 10-4 The Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park 10th Annual Garden Tour. Tour 5 beautiful gardens in the city of Lake Forest Park. Artists & musicians will work & perform at each garden. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions. Details


June 23rd, 10-3, 4th Annual Ballard Edible Garden Tour. Creative uses of parking strips, containers, raised beds, bee houses, chicken coops, fruit trees, berries & more. Meet the gardeners & ask questions. Details

June 23rd, 10-4  Whidbey Island 17th Annual Garden TourTour 4 beautiful residential gardens that combine the best of nature with the creativity of their owners. Details.


June 23rd-24th, 10-5 Vashon Island 22nd Annual Garden Tour.Explore 5 eclectic gardens offering divergent approaches & different topography, live music, art, seminars & more. Details


MANY more great events listed at http://depts.washington.edu/hortlib/calendar/tours.php


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Million bells (Calibrachoa) are a fabulous low maintenance option to petunias. No dead heading, no sticky mess if it rains and aphids aren't an issue. Last year I was invited to test CHERRY STAR, developed by Proven Winners. Fabulous! Bloomed it's socks off all summer, laughed at the rain and never looked washed out. The really good news is that they are now available at the nurseries!

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