Video: In the garden…Beauty in the garden – butterfly and hibiscus in bloom – October 18, 2014

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An “In the garden…” short. Beauty in the garden in the form of a butterfly and a lovely hibiscus bloom.

In the garden...Beauty in the garden - butterfly and hibiscus in bloom - October 18, 2014

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Video: In the garden…Basil galore and more from the potting bench – October 15, 2014

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Our transplanted basil cuttings are taking off well and I check in on the potting bench for a quick look at our bauhinia seedlings, lavender cuttings and more.

In the garden...Basil galore and more from the potting bench - October 15, 2014

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Noted: Field Guide: Smoke Bush by Kendra Wilsonvia via Gardenista

Field Guide: Smoke Bush by Kendra Wilsonvia via Gardenista

Field Guide: Smoke Bush by Kendra Wilsonvia via Gardenista

The color of the leaves, the contrast with other plants, the light shining through: for many this is the point of Smoke Bush. For others, it’s all about the flowers that look like puffs of smoke at the tips of this singular bush.

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Interesting Plant/Fungi: Sulphur Fungus (Laetiporus sulphureus)

Sulphur Fungus (Laetiporus sulphureus)

Walking north into downtown Van Nuys I spotted this amazing example of a sulphur fungus growing in the crook of a tree. It was so brightly colored it almost look artificial. Such a fungus doesn’t bode well for the health of the tree as it is a sign of internal decay, but it is still a striking bit of nature right here in the city.

Sulphur Fungus  (Laetiporus sulphureus), Van Nuys, California

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Sulphur Fungus  (Laetiporus sulphureus), Van Nuys, California Sulphur Fungus  (Laetiporus sulphureus), Van Nuys, California

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Laetiporus sulphureus is a species of bracket fungus (fungus that grows on trees) found in Europe and North America. Its common names are crab of the woodssulphur polyporesulphur shelf, and chicken of the woods. Its fruit bodies grow as striking golden-yellow shelf-like structures on tree trunks and branches. Like other bracket fungi, they may last many years and fade to pale grey or brown. The undersurface of the fruit body is made up of tubelike pores rather than gills.

Laetiporus sulphureus is a saprophyte and causes brown cubical rot in the heartwood of trees on which it grows. Unlike many bracket fungi, it is ediblewhen young.

The cap is small and knob-shaped, overlapping in an irregular pattern. Wide, shaped like a fan and attached direct to the trunk of a tree, it has a shelf-like appearance and is sulphur-yellow to bright orange in colour and has a suedelike texture. When it is old the cap fades to tan or white. The shelves often grow in overlapping clumps, and each one may be anywhere from 5 to 60 cm (2 to 24 in) in diameter and 4 cm (1.4 in) thick.[3] The fertile surface is sulphur-yellow with small pores or tubes and has a white spore print.[4] – Wikipedia.org

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A Garden Journal from A Gardener’s Notebook

 A Garden Journal from A Gardener's Notebook

A gardening journal can be a wonderful place to retire when heat, cold or weariness keep us at a distance from our gardens. In this busy world, business and travel keep us away from our gardens more than we like. On your next long flight, why not take your journal with you. You can use it to work out your grand plans instead of watching some insipid movie. Perhaps the salad would taste better as you remember the tomatoes from your own garden. Perhaps the coach seats won’t seem so small if you are thinking of the bench in your own garden.

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Noted: Artful Planters from Belgium by Julie Carlson via Gardenista

Artful Planters from Belgium by Julie Carlson via Gardenista

Artful Planters from Belgium by Julie Carlson via Gardenista

Planters as sculpture: handmade clay vessels from Belgian-based Atelier Vierkant function as art for the garden.

In the US, the planters—which “explore the possibilities of organic minimalism in form and surface texture”— are available from Interieurs, the newly opened Avenue Road in New York, and at Outdoor Therapy in Coral Gables, Florida. To see the full range, go to Atelier Vierkant.

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Noted: A New View Of Trees, With Chris Earle via A Way to Garden

A New View Of Trees, With Chris Earle via A Way to Garden

A New View Of Trees, With Chris Earle via A Way to Garden

WHAT I VISUALIZE when I hear the word “tree” changed after a conversation with forest ecologist Christopher Earle, a co-author of two new titles in the Princeton Field Guides series: “Trees of Eastern North America” and the corresponding Western volume. Are you open to an expanded view, too (and to perhaps win the right book for the trees of your area)?

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Video: In the garden…Neighborhood Seed Gathering – October 10, 2014

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Showing off the seeds I have gathered in my neighborhood in hopes of propagating some new plants for my own garden.

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Music:  “Whiskey on the Mississippi” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License 

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Video: Working Honey Bee

A honey bee during a neighborhood seed gathering walk.

Noted: Pathway Plantings That Please the Senses via Houzz

Pathway Plantings That Please the Senses

Traditional Landscape by Minneapolis Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens

A walkway that strides through grass will certainly get you from point A to point B. But that same path becomes a delightful sensory experience when lined with beautiful plantings. Check out this gallery of images for various sidewalk garden ideas and planting suggestions that range from edibles to alpine perennials to fragrant shrubs.

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