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August 2014

Noted: 13 Vintage Photos of Combines via Modern Farmer

13 Vintage Photos of Combines via Modern Farmer Combines have been saving the day for farmers since the mid- 1800’s. Even before the advent of those modern-day automated versions of this machine, combines pulled by a fleet of horses were sent to the fields to help make the harvest quite a bit more efficient. Named […]

Interesting Plant: Chestnut (Castenea)

Chestnut (Castenea) I am going to guess that these photos shows a Castenea saliva or Sweet Chestnut as they are older trees in rural Sicily, on the flanks of Mount Etna. We were visiting and old farmhouse that once was surrounded by orchards midway up the flanks of the volcano. These chestnut trees were quite […]

There’s is a new movement afoot here to convert lawns into gardens, grass into vegetables… — From A Gardener’s Notebook

“There’s is a new movement afoot here to convert lawns into gardens, grass into vegetables and thirsty gardens into sippers more appropriate to our natural climate. Front yard vegetable gardens were unheard of when I first moved to LA in 1986. In many places, they were banned by homeowner associations and restrictive covenants. That’s why […]

Noted: Living on the Edge of the Wild via Houzz

Living on the Edge of the Wild via Houzz Traditional Landscape by Winchester Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC   Living at the edge of a wide-open ocean vista or a secluded forest is a dream for many people who want to get away from it all. Whether it’s your “forever” […]

Noted: Great Design Plant: Butterfly Milkweed, a Beacon in the Prairie via Houzz

Great Design Plant: Butterfly Milkweed, a Beacon in the Prairie via Houzz Landscape by Minnetonka Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Holm Design & Consulting LLC   Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a magnet for bees and butterflies in early spring — often providing an important source of nectar when other sources are scarce. What other […]

Garden Alphabet: Rosa ‘JFK’ from my garden

Rosa ‘JFK’ from my garden These JFK roses were planted by the previous owners of the property and we have kept the going in the ensuing 18 years. We also have Mikado roses and another hybrid which I can’t remember off the top of my head. I’ll have to do some searching on the blogs […]

Audio: Your Garden – Inch-by-Inch from A Gardener’s Notebook – Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 – 8/30

Your Garden – Inch-by-Inch from A Gardener’s Notebook Listen to this podcast Often we look at our gardens plant by plant – worrying over which is doing well, which is doing poorly, which one needs to be moved.  At other times, we try to take in the big picture.  We map, we plan and try […]

Noted: Old Time Farm Crime: The Cutthroat World of Victorian Orchid Hunters via Modern Farmer

Old Time Farm Crime: The Cutthroat World of Victorian Orchid Hunters via Modern Farmer Wilhelm Micholitz was half-starved, his clothing continually damp from the incessant Sumatran rains and he ached from the exertion it took to gather the precious specimens that clung on solitary cliffs and high up on the ancient trees of the deep […]

Video: In the garden short…August 5, 2014: Starting another strawberry runner propagation

The strawberry runner we potted up on July 31, 2014 is already growing on its own, so I moved it to the potting bench and started the same process with another runner today. I hope to create at least 4 plants to start filling in one of our newly retrofitted garden beds.   Check out […]

Photo: In the Sicilian Garden 2011

Previously in my Instagram Photos… See all my photos on Flickr Read more on this topic: Photo: Fresh almonds in a Sicilian garden Photo: Bewitched Rose 2011 via #instagram Photo: Purple Orchid from the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2014 via #instagram Photo: Orchids at SoCal Spring Garden Show 2014 | A Gardener’s Notebook via […]