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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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My Autumnal Garden

My Autumnal Garden

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Backyard, Front Yard, Gardens |

I just got home from a long business trip and couldn’t wait to see how my garden had fared my absence.  That night we had a terrible wind storm and pounding rain.  The next day, we awoke to uprooted trees and even more heavy rains.  I was really happy then, when all of a sudden, the sun burst out on Thursday afternoon.  The greens seemed greener and the remaining pinks and oranges popped.  I rushed outside to snap a few pictures of my autumnal garden.

Dahlias Returned to Beauty

Dahlias Returned to Beauty

Well, in my absence and with all the rains, my Dahlias were looking a little bedraggled.  With a few snips and the deadheads removed, my huge Dahlia pot was returned to a state of beauty.  It was my bargain this fall.  I picked up two for fifteen dollars at West Coast Gardens!

Pot of Lettuce

Pot of Lettuce

I have to say, it doesn’t look like my lettuce minded all the rain.  It is one of the joys of gardening here in Vancouver that we can plant a second crop in the fall, then barring a heavy frost or prolonged cold, we can feed from our gardens in to the New Year.

Summer Blossoms and Autumn Offerings

Summer Blossoms and Autumn Offerings

I can’t believe that these summer flowers are still threatening to crowd my autumn kale, but  I really love how the colours go together!

Irises now well past their prime

Irises now well past their prime

It looks as though my Irises are ready to call it a year.  Their wretched condition made me wonder if we’d gotten some really cool weather while we were away. Time for some garden clean up.

Black Eyed Susans, now little more than black eyes

Black Eyed Susans, now little more than black eyes

My Black Eyed Susans clearly need a good deadheading, but there is a delicious creepiness to their fuzzy black eyes, especially with Halloween around the corner.

Pinky Winky Hydrangea in Autumnal Hues

Pinky Winky Hydrangea in Autumnal Hues

My transplanted Pinky Winky Hydrangea is clearly much happier in its new location.  I’m tickled by its ethereal colouring.

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My row of hostas in the back underneath the neighbours fir trees have clearly made the transition into fall.  They seem to have entered a living dead, zombie state whereupon they have started to decompose but remain standing.  I do appreciate the pop of yellow to provide contrast to wall of green.

Fiery Blueberry Bushes

Fiery Blueberry Bushes

With all the blueberry farms around Vancouver now, one of my favourite things is to drive by at this time of year and see rows upon rows of the fiery red leaves. I consider myself lucky to have a few in my own backyard too.

 

How has your garden been faring with all the rain and autumn weather?  Have you already cleared your summer plants or are you happy to let nature take its course?  We’d love to hear from you.  Share your photos here on our website, on our Facebook Page or via our Twitter Feed.

Happy Autumn!

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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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#DesignThis ~ A Garden Sketch App Weekly Contest!

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Contests, Garden Design, Garden Sketch, Gardens, iPad App, Landscaping | 5 comments

We are rather excited to announce our first ever contest!!!

#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.

 

What would you do with this space using Garden Sketch?  The above garden was designed by Lori Yearwood.

What would you do with this space using Garden Sketch? The above garden was designed by Lori Yearwood.

 

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).

For this week’s #DesignThis Contest, we are starting simple with the request that you create a Garden Sketch dream garden that includes a patio space. As an example, see the patio Lori added beside the tree to her Garden Sketch below.

 

The freehand draw option could be used to draw out a swing set, hang a hammock between a couple trees, or anything else you might be envisioning for your paradise.  If you'd prefer not to draw, you can simply leave a space for these items and add a note to explain what you plan to put there. (We will explain how to make notes in a minute!)

Lori added to her patio space beside the tree by using the freehand draw option of drawing in a chair and table to retreat to from the hot afternoon sun. If you’d prefer not to draw, you can simply leave a space for these items and add a note to explain what you plan to put there.

 

Happy Garden Sketching!  And remember to submit your entries by midnight on Sunday September 28th, 2014!

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