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May 2013

Garden History: “The Dunes,” Frank Bestow Wiborg house, Highway Behind the Pond, East Hampton, New York

There is something very special about a garden house, especially one covered in some form of rambling or climbing rose. I am not quite sure why, but my thoughts have been turning to climbing roses for a while now. I keep thinking about the possibility of growing one on the front porch, over the garage […]

Video:In the garden…May 22, 2013: Maintenance and cleanup in the garden including water timers

“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 prune back the lantana, pull up some grass, dig up some potatoes and replace some mechanical water timers in the garden in this episode Watch all the past “In the garden…” […]

Garden Decor: Alice’s Tea Party Sculpture

Alice’s Tea Party Sculpture A lovely statement for nearly any casual garden, this totem representing the Tea Party in Alice in Wonderland strikes a wonderful,, whimsical tone. Probably not something you could make yourself, but you might find some inspiration here. From Primitiva Pottery via Pinterest   More on garden totems: Garden totems on Pinterest […]

Chelsea Garden Show – Mentioned Plants – Day 3 – May 22, 2013

Education is the focus of today’s Chelsea Garden Show, which is one of the stated missions of the Royal Horticultural Society. We learned about grafting apples, UK produce and more. You can see all 10 plants from    Ginko Biloba Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’  Rosa Iceberg ‘Korbin’– Plant of the Centenary Entry (5 of 10) 1953-1962 View all […]

Garden Vocabulary: Latin Botanical Epithets – Augustifolia

After watching 2 days of coverage of the Chelsea Garden Show and noting all the plant names I see, it re-interested me in a project to research those Latin words that appear frequently in plant names. Some are very common and others quote rare, but I figured I would start with one of the most […]

Chelsea Garden Show – Mentioned Plants – Day 2 – May 21, 2013

10 Chelsea Gold Medals Awarded this year — more than any other previous year. The gardens did look quite striking this year, so I can’t say it is a big surprise. Here is today’s list of the plants and flowers mentioned during the coverage. With all the focus on the show gardens today, there are […]

In the neighborhood…Mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin)

In the neighborhood…Mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin) A. julibrissin is a small deciduous tree growing to 5–12 m tall, with a broad crown of level or arching branches. The bark is dark greenish grey in colour and striped vertically as it gets older. The leaves are bipinnate, 20–45 cm long and 12–25 cm broad, divided into […]

Chelsea Garden Show – Mentioned Plants – Day 1 – May 20, 2013

My goodness, the number of plants mentioned in today’s Chelsea Garden Show coverage is likely to keep me busy for the entirety of next year. There is something in this list for everyone, I think — everything from Acer to Dahlia to Pelargonium to Xanthorrhaea. Enjoy your travels through today’s world of plants and tell […]

Video: Container Garden Update 28: Lettuce harvest and working through the potting bench

I harvest some baby buttercrunch lettuce to give more space to remaining heads and then work through everything on the potting bench to check for success and failure. Finally I pot up lantana layerings from our recent pruning (See In the Garden series for more info). Can’t see the video above? Watch “Container Garden Update 28” on […]

Interesting Plant: Nigella damascena (love-in-a-mist, ragged lady)

Interesting Plant: Nigella damascena (love-in-a-mist, ragged lady) Via gardenmuse.wordpress.com Interesting Plant: Nigella damascena (love-in-a-mist, ragged lady) Nigella damascena (love-in-a-mist, ragged lady[1]) is an annual garden flowering plant, belonging to the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. It is native to southern Europe (but adventive in more northern countries of Europe), north Africa and southwest Asia, where it is found on […]