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June 2014

Video: Flowering Now for June 24, 2014 from A Gardener’s Notebook

A few short scenes of what is flowering in the garden 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: Fortnight Lily (Dietes) – June 24, 2014

Flowering Now: Fortnight Lily (Dietes) – June 24, 2014 This dietes is among some of the flowers blocking in my garden this week. Not my favorite garden plant, as they are hugely overused and abused here in Southern California landscapes, but they do have very pretty flowers. Called Fortnight Lily as they flower about every 2 […]

Noted: The Best New Shade Perennials for 2014 via Better Homes and Gardens

The Best New Shade Perennials for 2014 via Better Homes and Gardens Read More “Noted” items are particularly good finds from my daily reading which I share via all my social media accounts.  Find more Noted/Shared Gardening items Read more on this topic: Noted: Public Gardens and Social Media from Garden Rant Noted: The Bountiful […]

Noted: The Bountiful Buttonbush via Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens

The Bountiful Buttonbush via  Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens Buttonbush, (Cephalanthus occidentalis), is a native shrub that gets high marks for its usefulness to wildlife. It’s also a personal favorite because, well, it’s just plain so amusing! And what could be better than a plant that’s useful and entertaining at the same time? Just look […]

Interesting Plant: Caladium bicolor ‘White Queen’

Caladium bicolor ‘White Queen’ Wow! This nearly whit caladium just knocks you back when you see it. I can easily imagine this as a focal point among a shady, green garden. It would attract everyone’s eye, I am sure.    Discovered via Tumblr User, Rita Thomas  A tuberous-rooted perennial most often grown as an annual […]

“Drawing is seeing in your garden” from A Gardener’s Notebook

“Drawing is seeing in your garden. An ancient artist once said that you never really see anything unless you draw or paint it. The attention required in developing a representation of something requires us to regard it as never before. We alternately jump from the concrete to the abstract as we draw petal and leaf, […]

Noted: A Beginner’s Guide to Photographing Flowers via Mashable

A Beginner’s Guide to Photographing Flowers via Mashable Summer’s here and flowers are blooming everywhere — it’s time to go outside, grab your camera and capture the beauty surrounding us. For those who aren’t experienced photographers, it’s just as important to understand how time of day, lighting and depth of field affect your photographs as […]

Subscribed 50: Gardenista

Originally published as part of the Subscribed series on Careers in New Media Gardenista “Sourcebook for cultivated living” I only recently subscribed to Gardenista, after seeing some of their articles in other blogs and sites. I have especially loved their “Garden Visit” series which takes you lovely photographic tours of gardens all over the world […]

Garden Alphabet: Aspen

Aspen I took this photo years ago high atop Snow Bowl in the San Francisco Peaks just north of Flagstaff. A friend of ours, who lives in Sedona, took us to one of his favorite places admits the forest to just sit, talk and have lunch. I loved the screening effect of the trees — […]

Noted: The enigma of (Fredrick Law) Olmsted via Garden Rant

The enigma of (Fredrick Law) Olmsted via Garden Rant Home tomorrow night? You can catch the newest documentary on Frederick Law Olmsted on PBS. Entitled Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, this is a basic overview of the seminal landscape architect’s career, starting with Central Park and ending with his final projects in Massachusetts and North […]