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May 2014

Garden Alphabet: Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) This is such a ubiquitous landscape plant herein Los Angeles that no one really even notices it anymore. You see it everywhere, so you tend to see it nowhere. The best thing about it, though, is the lovely smell. It is perfect to plant along paths or outside windows as the […]

Garden Decor: Hanging bottles for cut flowers

Hanging bottles for cut flowers This cute hanging bottle vases could be great for a special party or even part of your every day garden design. I could see a row of these hanging on the patio so I could bring blooms over as the flower and have them immediately at hand throughout the day. […]

Video: Flowering Now for May 20, 2014 from A Gardener’s Notebook

A few short scenes of what is flowering in the neighborhood this week. I plan on doing more of these in the coming weeks as each plant and tree goes through its seasonal changes.   Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle eBook. (You don’t need a […]

Flowering Now: Pink Hibiscus

This lovely pink hibiscus is blooming just up street from us. I love my yellow and orange hibiscus here in the garden, but the delicate pink coloration really shines in this variety. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook From Wikipedia… Hibiscus (/hɨˈbɪskəs/[2] or /haɪˈbɪskəs/[3]) is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is quite large, containing several hundred […]

Interesting Plant: Hydrangea ‘Zorro’

Hydrangea ‘Zorro’ I saw mention of this new variety during a recent Gardener’s World episode from the BBC. People are always looking for a hardy and disease free hydrangea. It will still do as many hydrangeas do and turn pink in the wrong soils, so make sure soil conditions are correct or treat the soil […]

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. — Luther Burbank

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. — Luther Burbank Read more on this topic: Video: In the garden…March 27, 2013 – No green potatoes and some flowers are blooming 2012 Gift Guide: Fields of Plenty: A farmer’s journey in search of real food […]

Garden Art: Etching of Tree from “An illustrated guide of Budapest” – British Library

This image comes from the British Library section of the Flickr Commons, a large and ever growing collection of art work and photos from museums and libraries around the world.  This etching caught my eye as I scrolled through my RSS feeds today. I am subscribed to the feed that shows me new items as […]

Read A Gardener’s Notebook on Flipboard

  Are you a Flipboard user/ Do you prefer reading content there? You can read A Gardener’s Notebook via Flipboard using the link and widget below. Read A Gardener’s Notebook via Flipboard Read more on this topic: Top Gardeners Notebook posts for 2011 Join the “A Gardener’s Notebook” Shared Pinterest Board Top Gardeners Notebook Posts […]

Flowering Now: Magnolia grandiflora

The Magnolia grandiflora are blooming here in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles again. This scene caught my eye on a recent walk through the neighborhood. See an extensive album of Magnolia grandiflora photos from 2013 See a video photo montage of Magnolia grandiflora photos from 2013 From Wikipedia… Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as […]

Interesting Plant: Harlequin flower (Sparaxis tricolor)

Harlequin flower (Sparaxis tricolor) Another discovery from Tumblr. I subscribe to several people there who regular blog about flowers and gardening and the photo below popped in my feed. I don’t know much about them, but this photo led to me find out a but more. This is always the great judge of any blog […]