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March 2013

Photo: Azalea Bloom

Today in the garden… Read more on this topic: Azalea in Bloom…So soon? Video: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day 2012 – Photo Montage Garden Inventory: Azalea Photos: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day at May Dream Gardens Tasks: Azalea Trimming

Video: Container Garden Update 20: Slow going and some frugal lettuce

The containers are slowing down as the hot days arrive here in Los Angeles. A lettuce root from the store provides both lunch and a new start in a container. What’s happening in your garden? I’d love to know! Leave your questions and comments here or on any of the web and social media sites […]

Books on Hold: The Drunken Botanist : The plants that create the world’s great drinks

Books on Hold is a blog series dedicated to books I have seen in passing and requested from my local library. See more in the series at the end of this blog post. — Douglas The drunken botanist : the plants that create the world’s great drinks From Amazon.com… “Sake began with a grain of rice. […]

Garden Inventory: Lantana

Garden Inventory is a series where I begin an inventory of all the plants and trees in my garden. Along with some of my own pictures, I will link to various sources of information about each plant and tree so we can learn a little more together. I would also like to highlight your special plants […]

Garden Budget: Plants and Supplies for March 2013

I have decided to start spending a certain budget each month on improving the garden (~$100) and then blogging about it here on A Gardener’s Notebook. March starts the first month in the series and I am beginning by trying to “re-green” the back garden, which has suffered with over planting and too much shade […]

Garden Alphabet: Freesia

Freesia We have two types of Freesia that arrive in the garden each Spring. They don’t get quite enough sun and so they are quite “floppy”, but they return every year like clockwork “Freesia is a genus of around 16 species of flowering plants in the family Iridaceae, native to the eastern side of southern […]

Video: In the garden…March 21, 2013 – Planting new shade plants and discovering a “pond” in the garden

“In the garden…” is a series for A Gardener’s Notebook highlighting what is happening in my garden, my friend’s gardens and California gardens throughout the seasons. I plant 2 Aucuba, a Schefflera and an aralia to start the “re-greening” of the back garden, but I also find a small “pond” in the area I wanted to plant. Looks […]

Garden History: Your victory garden counts more than ever!

It isn’t just during times of war that your Victory Garden counts. I wish that they had never gone out of style. Once food rationing finished and food was freely available again, most returned to there previous ways of life. Pity. Gardening brings so much more than just food. It can bring health, heart and […]

5 Years Ago: Photos: Lake Balboa Cherry Trees 2008

I try to get out to to shoot pictures of the Japanese Cherry Trees at Lake Balboa, but didn’t make it out this year, unfortunately. Still, Timehop is great at reminding me of past events and these photos from 2008 popped up in my feed. It looks like it was a really nice bloom that […]

Garden Decor: Potting bench from old door

Potting bench from old door I am always on the look out for a door like this — complete with the windows. I have one older door in the garden that could probably be re-purposed, but it is solid and very narrow — coming from the original, pre-ADA code part of our 1943 house. Still, […]