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December 2013

Gift Guide 2013: Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History

  Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History Who would have thought that plants could be so important to world history, but from the rubber plant to the quinine to drugs and treatments yet to be discovered, plants have helped human survive and thrive throughout history. From Amazon.com… “Fifty Plants that Changed the Course […]

Gift Guide 2013: Moleskeine Journals

Moleskeine Journals of all sorts No matter how much technology i have at hand, I always find myself falling back on my paper journal as a data gathering, thought-provoking and capturing, friend. Yes, I carry and iPhone, but there is something about writing things out longhand in a paper journal that makes you think more […]

Video: In the garden…December 7, 2013: Rain, camellia, paperwhites and more!

We take advantage of a break in the rain (Yea, Rain!) to show off the seldom blooming camellia, our yearly paperwhites and the progress of the container in the front garden. Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “Christmas Party Prep Day 4 – Cornflake Holly“ Check out my collection of […]

Ginkgo in Fall Color via Instagram

In the neighborhood today-shocking yellow against dark blue Read more on this topic: Video: Fall Color 2013 in the San Fernando Valley A little more Fall color here in Southern California Photo: Liquidambar Color for Fall and Winter Photos: Liquidambar trees provide a small touch of Fall color for Los Angeles Photos: Fall Arrives in […]

Gift Guide 2013: How Carrots Won The Trojan War by Rebecca Rupp

How Carrots Won The Trojan War by Rebecca Rupp A history of food (mainly vegetables, in this case) is a perfect companion to a history of cooking. Rupp divides her book into a series of easy-to-read and entertaining chapters with titles that echo the overall title of the book. Some of my favorites include, “Radishes Identify […]

Video: Queen Butterfly, Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, California, November 29, 2013 (Silent)

Closeup, silent, video of Queen Butterfly captured at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California on November 29, 2013.  See more video and photos from Sunnylands in this post, Video: Sunnylands, Up Close – Rancho Mirage, California Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “In the garden…November 24, 2012 – Daffodils Part 2 of […]

13 of My Favorite Garden Things for November 2013 – Douglas E. Welch

  As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas Garden / Garden Bridge Over The Thames Moves Forward Garden / Mickey Mouse – Mickey’s Garden – 1935 Garden / Energy Now: Designing a Garden That Gets […]

Video: Sunnylands, Up Close – Rancho Mirage, California

  We were out in the Palm Springs area visiting family as we usually do over the Thanksgiving holiday. The first time we visited Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, I concentrated on the overall picture of the gardens, with its geometric plantings of succulents. On this trip, I got up close and personal with the […]

Photos: Camellia blooms for second time in 17 years

This camellia bush has always grown well, but this is only the second time in 17 years in this house that I have seen it bloom. Even more, it is blooming quite vigorously with many bloom and yet more buds to open. I think this is partially due to the more frequent water it has […]