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January 2014

Video: In the garden…January 21, 2014: Planting potatoes, and leucojum flowers (Snowflakes)

I plant a few potatoes from a potato sprouting in the pantry and show off some azalea, rhaphiolepis and snowflakes (Leucojum).   Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “In the garden…January 13, 2013 – Potato Planting Project “ Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a […]

Garden Vocabulary: Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)

Garden Vocabulary: Bacillus thuringiensis Gardener’s will often come across mention of Bacillus thuringiensis or BT as it is commonly called. It is a bacteria and biological pesticide that is often used in organic farming and gardening as it does not have many of the environmental and human side effects as other chemically-derived pesticides. It is most […]

Photo: Strawberry Flower #garden #plant via Instagram

Photo posted via Instagram Previously in my Instagram Photos… Read more on this topic: Photo: Yellow Hibiscus via Instagram Photo: Acanthus in the garden via Instagram Video: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day 2012 – Photo Montage Video: Magnolia grandiflora – a photo montage from A Gardener’s Notebook Video: In the neighborhood…Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) – A Photo […]

Interesting Plant: Colocasia Esculenta

Interesting Plant: Colocasia Esculenta Another striking plant for your garden. Colocasia comes in a wide variety of shapes and colors, so you can probably find one that will fit into your garden. I especially like the dark/black varieties.  Discovered via Tumblr User, flowersgardenlove Colocasia esculenta is a tropical plant grown primarily for its edible corms, the root vegetables whose […]

Garden Alphabet: Azalea

Garden Alphabet: Azalea I hadn’t experienced azalea much until I moved her to California. Then, of course, I inherited a garden full of them. They are reliable, relatively maintenance free perennials that put on a good flower show every year. They also come in a variety of colors, so gardeners have a good choice of […]

Garden Vocabulary: Palmatum

Garden Vocabulary: Palmatum Today’s Garden Vocabulary is another garden epithet — a descriptive term — usually Latin — that is used as part of a plants name to describe its most defining characteristic. Palmatum means “shaped like the palm of a hand” 1 and is used quite frequently in plant descriptions. This weeks “Interesting Plant” […]

Event: Bonsai Demonstration with Bonsai Master, Frank Goya – February 1, 2014 at 1pm – Pacific Palisades, CA

Bonsai Demonstration with Bonsai Master, Frank Goya February 1, 2014 at 1 PM. Los Angeles Public Library, Pacific Palisades Branch 861 Alma Real Drive. Pacific Palisades, CA 90272   Frank Goya will give a demonstration of his art at the Pacific Palisades Library. Frank has been a bonsai and saikei artist for over 50 years. […]

Interesting Plant: Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’ (Coral Bark Japanese Maple)

Interesting Plant: Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’ (Coral Bark Japanese Maple) I grew up in Ohio surrounded by maple trees of all sorts, from the large over-arching hard maples on the Main Streets to sugar maples dotted across the farms and in sugar bushes harvested for maple syrup. These maples don’t grow well here in sunny southern California, […]

Garden Alphabet: Currant (Ribes)

Garden Alphabet: Currant (Ribes) During our last trip to Ohio, I was surprised to see so many wild currant bushes in the fence rows, parks and yards. I don’t remember currants from my childhood at all and I am not sure how I missed their existence, as we spent many long days wandering about the […]

Garden Decor: Moss Buddha via Tumblr

Moss Buddha I could imagine this cool, moss -covered Buddha presiding over some quiet corner of my garden. Too dry here for moss, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate both the idea and the photo. Discovered via Tumblr User SpiritsWildAndFree  Previously in Garden Decor: Shovel Head Daisy A ladder in the garden Alice’s Tea […]