Photo: Firewheels Gaillardia from A Gardener’s Notebook (including a variety of products)

Firewheels Gaillardia

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Video: In the garden…May 24, 2015: Planting hop rhizomes

In the garden…May 24, 2015: Planting hop rhizomes 

Our friends at our neighborhood microbrewery happened to have a few hop rhizomes that they were going to try planting themselves. Since they knew I did A Gardener’s Notebook, they offered up 2 to me. I wanted to get them in the ground right away, so walked home from my Sunday afternoon pint and got to work. I show you the results in coming weeks.

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MacLeod Ale Brewing Co
14741 Calvert Street, Van Nuys, CA

 

Music: “Hustle” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License

Video: Rhododendron – A Minute in the Garden 13 from A Gardener’s Notebook

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The next in a series of garden minutes from The Garden at Merritt Lake in Oakland, California.

 

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Orange rhododendron

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Win a Parrot Flower Power – An incredible sensor that assesses your plants’ needs and sends alerts to your smartphone

(See the end of this post for information on how to enter to win today) Get your garden started right this year with a Parrot Flower Power sensor!

Parrot has been very gracious and sent me Flower Power garden sensors to give away to 2 lucky readers/viewers of A Gardener’s Notebook. I have been using my own Flower Power to monitor plants in my garden and found it to be an amazing device.

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Parrot Flower Power: An incredible sensor that assesses your plants’ needs and sends alerts to your smartphone

Flower Powercommunicates to your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth and reports on:

  • Moisture levels
  • Fertilizer levels
  • Temperature
  • Sunlight

You can tell the Flower Power which specific plant you  are monitoring and whether it is growing in your garden soil or in a container, and it will make intelligent recommendation and provide alerts when the conditions are not optimal. The built-in Plant Database contains thousands of plants to choose from.

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You can see my first look of the Flower Power in this video

Enter to win a a Parrot Flower Power

Want to win a Parrot Flower Power of your very own?! There are 3 ways to enter!

  1. Send me an email at agn@welchwrite.com with the Subject Line: I Want a Parrot Flower Power!
  2. Tweet: Win a Parrot Flower Power for your Garden! #iwantflowerpower
  3. Use the form below to enter

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    • Contest ends June 15, 2016
    • US/Canada Only
    • Please enter only once
    • Winners chosen randomly from all entries

Photo: Canna flowers from A Gardener’s Notebook

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Event: Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society Annual Drought Tolerant Plant Festival – May 30 & 31, 2015, Encino

Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society Annual Drought Tolerant Plant Festival

Lacactus

Sepulveda Garden Center

16633 Magnolia Boulevard
Encino, CA 91316
http://www.lacactus.com/
lacss.contact@gmail.com

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 9am to 5pm
(Workshops start at 10:00am)

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 9am to 4pm  
(Kids’ events start at 10:30am)
(Workshops start at 10:30am)

Learn how landscaping with drought tolerant plants can save money and water.

The festival will include:

  • Interior Educational Displays 
  • The San Fernando Valley Bromeliad Society Displays
  • Exterior Demonstration Gardens
  • Drawings
  • Silent Auction 
  • Plants, Pottery and Crafts Sales

Speakers will include:

  • Lily Singer on Natives and Succulents: The Perfect L.A. Garden
  • Sandy Chase “on Re-potting Plants
  • Matt Maggio  on Soils and Plant Nutrition for Succulents

Additional activities for kids on Sunday:

  • Games and Crafts 
  • Pot -A -Plant  
  • Kids’ Displays
  • Turtle and Tortoise Club
  • The Future Rock Rockhounds of America

Vendors will be selling the plants used in the exhibits at the festival in addition to many other plants,books, pottery, top dressing, rocks.

Noted: 10 Great US Gardens via Gardening Journal on Flipboard

10 Great US Gardens via Discovered via Flipboard Gardening Journal

1. Middleton Place, Charleston, South Carolina "This is one of the most magical gardens in the United States, and our oldest landscaped garden. Set on a curve of Ashley River — and people used to arrive at Middleton Place by water — a very strong European influence shows in the beautiful geometry, with a series of terraced lawns and butterfly lakes, and tiny “rooms” of secret gardens.

1. Middleton Place, Charleston, South Carolina
“This is one of the most magical gardens in the United States, and our oldest landscaped garden. Set on a curve of Ashley River — and people used to arrive at Middleton Place by water — a very strong European influence shows in the beautiful geometry, with a series of terraced lawns and butterfly lakes, and tiny “rooms” of secret gardens.

Link: 110 Great US Gardens via Discovered via Flipboard Gardening Journal

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Video: Brugmansia – A Minute in the Garden 12 from a Gardener’s Notebook

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The next in a series of garden minutes.

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Photo: Fresh apples via #instagram

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