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Grape Updates

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Backyard, Do it Yourself, Gardens, Inspiration, West Coast |

Last year I launched a project to redesign our backyard.  We built a pergola and afterwards, I planted grapes on the corner posts as I documented in this blog post.  About fourteen months later I think it’s time for some grape updates.

Here’s how things looked when we last left you:

Baby Grape Pic

And here’s where we are today:

Grape Updates II

 

Grape Update

 

No grapes to date, but maybe next year!

We’ve moved the currants from the back fence and used them as a shield from the walk by traffic.  Ian cut out the sod and laid some beautiful stones, to which we’ve added some creeping thyme.  We’ve also added three smallish trees that provide wonderful perches for our resident bird populations.  We’ve had a very dry summer here, so our hanging baskets have suffered a bit.

So how about you?  Any summer backyard projects?

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Dream Gardens: #DesignThis Contest Week 5

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Contests, Do it Yourself, Garden Design, Garden Sketch, Gardening Apps, Gardens, Inspiration, iPad App |

Just a reminder that Friday October 31st, 2014 is the last day to download our garden design app for free! We are also heading into our final week of our Garden Sketch App #DesignThis Garden Design Contest, but before we do we thought we should highlight a couple great entries from our themed garden challenge!  Now we want travel inspired, butterfly and zen gardens with tire swings!

Which is your favourite of the two entries below?

 

Garden Sketch Contest Entry, Theme Challenge

Design A

 

Garden Sketch Contest Entry, Theme Challenge

Design B

 

As a reminder, #DesignThis is a weekly Garden Sketch App Contest that will be hosted here, and on facebook and twitter, weekly until November 3rd, 2014!

The contest is quite simple.  Each week, we shall post a different garden design challenge here, and on facebook and twitter, and we challenge you to create a garden design of your dreams while including that week’s challenge in the garden design, using the Garden Sketch iPad App. Challenges might be things like including a water feature, rockery, or themed area in your garden. For the purposes of this contest, the Garden Sketch App is free in the iTunes store until October 31st, 2014.

We will be accepting new entries this week, until midnight PST on Monday, at which point our esteemed judges will select a winner (or we will go to one of our various gardening communities to help us pick out a winner). Weekly winners will be announced on Tuesday evening.

To enter:

  • Download the Garden Sketch App to your iPad for free;
  • Use Garden Sketch to create a design for a dream garden including  the week’s challenge element;
  • When you are done designing, select ‘Share’ and email yourself a .png of your dream garden;
  • Then share your Garden Sketch dream garden .png with us by posting it on our facebook page with the #DesignThis hashtag on your entry description, on twitter by including @GardenSketchApp and #DesignThis in your tweet, or by sharing a link to the image in the contest post comments; and
  • Check back on Tuesday evening to see if you won!

To make entering easier, we’ve written a sample tweet below, that you could use to enter:

#BeddingDown with the @GardenSketchApp ~ URL to image. I showed you mine, now show me yours! http://ht.ly/BNofB #DesignThis

For various tips and tricks to creating a Garden Sketch, check out our Garden Sketch Tutorial, by clicking on this link.

So what will the weekly prize for the winners be?  $50 (Canadian) gift certificate to a local-to-you garden centre (or in lieu of that, to an online seed catalogue or garden centre).

To ward off the All Hallow’s Eve nightmares this week’s #DesignThis Contest Challenge is to simply share your dream garden in the Garden Sketch garden design that you create.

Happy Garden Sketching!  We look forward to your entries!  Remember to submit them by midnight on Monday November 3rd, 2014 and to download the app for free by Friday October 31st!

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Theme Gardens and Garden Notes: #DesignThis Contest Week 4

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Contests, Do it Yourself, Garden Design, Garden Sketch, Gardening Apps, Gardens, Inspiration, Landscaping | 1 comment

More great entries from Week 3 in the Garden Sketch App #DesignThis Garden Design Contest, and rather a huge temptress as we do love our vegetable gardens! Now we are contemplating space to maximize the size of next years’ veggie garden, as well as jealously looking at those people in warmer climates, planting their winter vegetable patches.

Which is your favourite of the three entries below?

 

Garden Sketch Contest Entry, Vegetable Patch Challenge

Design A

 

Garden Sketch Contest Entry, Vegetable Patch Challenge

Design B

 

Garden Sketch Contest Entry, Vegetable Patch Challenge

Design C

 

As a reminder, #DesignThis is a weekly Garden Sketch App Contest that will be hosted here, and on facebook and twitter, weekly until November 2nd, 2014!

The contest is quite simple.  Each week, we shall post a different garden design challenge here, and on facebook and twitter, and we challenge you to create a garden design of your dreams while including that week’s challenge in the garden design, using the Garden Sketch iPad App. Challenges might be things like including a water feature, rockery, or themed area in your garden. For the purposes of this contest, the Garden Sketch App is free in the iTunes store until October 31st, 2014.

We will be accepting new entries each week, until midnight PST on the Sunday of the week, at which point our esteemed judges will select a winner (or we will go to one of our various gardening communities to help us pick out a winner). Weekly winners will be announced on Tuesday evening.

To enter:

  • Download the Garden Sketch App to your iPad for free;
  • Use Garden Sketch to create a design for a dream garden including  the week’s challenge element;
  • When you are done designing, select ‘Share’ and email yourself a .png of your dream garden;
  • Then share your Garden Sketch dream garden .png with us by posting it on our facebook page with the #DesignThis hashtag on your entry description, on twitter by including @GardenSketchApp and #DesignThis in your tweet, or by sharing a link to the image in the contest post comments; and
  • Check back on Tuesday evening to see if you won!

To make entering easier, we’ve written a sample tweet below, that you could use to enter:

#BeddingDown with the @GardenSketchApp ~ URL to image. I showed you mine, now show me yours! http://ht.ly/BNofB #DesignThis

For various tips and tricks to creating a Garden Sketch, check out our Garden Sketch Tutorial, by clicking on this link.

So what will the weekly prize for the winners be?  $50 (Canadian) gift certificate to a local-to-you garden centre (or in lieu of that, to an online seed catalogue or garden centre).

This week’s #DesignThis Contest Challenge is to include a theme area to your garden, using the notes to tell us about it, in the Garden Sketch dream garden design that you create.

Happy Garden Sketching!  We look forward to your entries!  Remember to submit them by midnight on Sunday October 26th, 2014!

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Herb and Vegetable Gardens: #DesignThis Contest Week 3

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Contests, Do it Yourself, Garden Design, Garden Sketch, Inspiration, iPad App, Vegetable Gardens | 2 comments

Loved all the Week 2 entries in the Garden Sketch App #DesignThis Garden Design Contest! Makes us want to have a number of gardens, so we can design different ones to suit different moods and to entertain different sets of friends.  I suppose that’s the idea of the old manor houses with their different gardens throughout the estate.

Which is your favourite of the three Week 2 entries below?

 

Garden Sketch #DesignThis Water Feature Challenge Entry

Design A

Garden Sketch #DesignThis Water Feature Challenge Entry

Design B

Garden Sketch #DesignThis Water Feature Challenge Entry

Design C

 

As a reminder, #DesignThis is a weekly Garden Sketch App Contest that will be hosted here, and on facebook and twitter, weekly until October 31st, 2014!

The contest is quite simple.  Each week, we shall post a different garden design challenge here, and on facebook and twitter, and we challenge you to create a garden design of your dreams while including that week’s challenge in the garden design, using the Garden Sketch iPad App. Challenges might be things like including a water feature, rockery, or themed area in your garden. For the purposes of this contest, the Garden Sketch App is free in the iTunes store until October 31st, 2014.

We will be accepting new entries each week, until midnight PST on the Sunday of the week, at which point our esteemed judges will select a winner (or we will go to one of our various gardening communities to help us pick out a winner). Weekly winners will be announced on Tuesday evening.

To enter:

  • Download the Garden Sketch App to your iPad for free;
  • Use Garden Sketch to create a design for a dream garden including  the week’s challenge element;
  • When you are done designing, select ‘Share’ and email yourself a .png of your dream garden;
  • Then share your Garden Sketch dream garden .png with us by posting it on our facebook page with the #DesignThis hashtag on your entry description, on twitter by including @GardenSketchApp and #DesignThis in your tweet, or by sharing a link to the image in the contest post comments; and
  • Check back on Tuesday evening to see if you won!

To make entering easier, we’ve written a sample tweet below, that you could use to enter:

#BeddingDown with the @GardenSketchApp ~ URL to image. I showed you mine, now show me yours! http://ht.ly/BNofB #DesignThis

For various tips and tricks to creating a Garden Sketch, check out our Garden Sketch Tutorial, by clicking on this link.

So what will the weekly prize for the winners be?  $50 (Canadian) gift certificate to a local-to-you garden centre (or in lieu of that, to an online seed catalogue or garden centre).

In honour of Canadian Thanksgiving, this week’s #DesignThis Contest Challenge is to include a vegetable or herb garden in the Garden Sketch dream garden design that you create.

*We are extending this week’s entry deadline to Tuesday October 14th, 2014 at midnight, due to the Canadian Thanksgiving Holiday, and will announce this week’s winner on Wednesday October 15th.*

Happy Garden Sketching!  We look forward to your entries!

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Water Features: #DesignThis Contest Week 2

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Contests, Do it Yourself, Garden Design, Garden Sketch, Gardening Apps, Gardens, iPad App, Landscaping |

Well I must say, the entries from Week 1 of our Garden Sketch App #DesignThis Garden Design Contest were all very diverse and excited us in how different each garden sketch was.

Which is your favourite of the three entries below?

 

Garden Sketch Patio Design

Design A

 

Garden Sketch App Patio Design

Design B

 

Garden Sketch App Patio Design

Design C

 

As a reminder, #DesignThis is a weekly Garden Sketch App Contest that will be hosted here, and on facebook and twitter, weekly until October 31st, 2014!

The contest is quite simple.  Each week, we shall post a different garden design challenge here, and on facebook and twitter, and we challenge you to create a garden design of your dreams while including that week’s challenge in the garden design, using the Garden Sketch iPad App. Challenges might be things like including a water feature, rockery, or themed area in your garden. For the purposes of this contest, the Garden Sketch App is free in the iTunes store until October 31st, 2014.

We will be accepting new entries each week, until midnight PST on the Sunday of the week, at which point our esteemed judges will select a winner (or we will go to one of our various gardening communities to help us pick out a winner). Weekly winners will be announced on Tuesday evening.

To enter:

  • Download the Garden Sketch App to your iPad for free;
  • Use Garden Sketch to create a design for a dream garden including  the week’s challenge element;
  • When you are done designing, select ‘Share’ and email yourself a .png of your dream garden;
  • Then share your Garden Sketch dream garden .png with us by posting it on our facebook page with the #DesignThis hashtag on your entry description, on twitter by including @GardenSketchApp and #DesignThis in your tweet, or by sharing a link to the image in the contest post comments; and
  • Check back on Tuesday evening to see if you won!

To make entering easier, we’ve written a sample tweet below, that you could use to enter:

#BeddingDown with the @GardenSketchApp ~ URL to image. I showed you mine, now show me yours! http://ht.ly/BNofB #DesignThis

For various tips and tricks to creating a Garden Sketch, check out our Garden Sketch Tutorial, by clicking on this link.

So what will the weekly prize for the winners be?  $50 (Canadian) gift certificate to a local-to-you garden centre (or in lieu of that, to an online seed catalogue or garden centre).

This week’s #DesignThis Contest Challenge is to include some sort of water feature in the Garden Sketch dream garden design that you create.

Happy Garden Sketching!  We look forward to your entries!  Remember to submit them by midnight on Sunday October 5th, 2014!

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It’s our Day! It’s our Special Day! Garden Sketch App Launch

It’s our Day!  It’s our Special Day! Garden Sketch App Launch

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Backyard, Do it Yourself, Flowers, Front Yard, Garden Design, Garden Sketch, Gardening Apps, Gardens, Inspiration, iPad App |

The long wait is over.  After much fussing, planning and worrying it is finally time for the Garden Sketch App launch!  It is now available for iPads in the App Store.  Click here to download.  Garden Sketch will be free for the next few weeks, after which the price will be set to $3.99.  So download it now!

Use Garden Sketch to map your yard with the house, sheds, existing trees and gardens, then create new plans of future garden designs.  There are preset logos for plants, shrubs and trees in three sizes and different colours.  There is also the option of straight or freehand lines and freehand shapes to define spaces.  You can easily add notes to create plant lists.   Export your designs to email or social media platforms as screen grabs or pdfs.

Garden Sketch has a quick and an easy learning curve, but also has plenty of subtlety.  As your skill improves and the designs get better and better and you can fine tune the details.  We’ve found that working with a Stylus really helps to get nice lines and precise plant placement.

Autumn is a great time to use Garden Sketch.  Your garden is still beautiful and full of summer colour.  Use Garden Sketch to record all the plants in your garden and get a head start on your ideas for next year’s plans.

Send your comments and questions to me via email to maija[at]gardensketchapp.com.

Thanks to Jane for sending us this design!  Feel free to share your plans on our Facebook page or with us on Twitter – @GardenSketchApp.  Stay tuned, for a contest with prizes!

Garden Sketch Plan

Garden Sketch Plan

We’ll have a series of posts over the next few weeks with tips for you to get the most from Garden Sketch.

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