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October 2014

Noted: Fall Is Calling: What to Do in Your October Garden via Houzz

Fall Is Calling: What to Do in Your October Garden via Houzz Traditional Landscape   I like having options — from which flavor of tea to drink after lunch to which route I’ll take to walk home. Gardening this month is no different. Whether you’re after garden chores or perhaps some seasonal puttering, it’s all […]

Video: In the garden…Seeing Differently #1: Watering in Slow Motion

My new iPhone 6 lets us “see differently” Watering our garden at 120 frames per second.    Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle eBook. (You don’t need a Kindle to read it, though. Read it on your PC, Link: http://j.mp/fagnbook Watch all past episodes of “In the garden…” […]

Interesting Plant: Carex flagellifera ‘Toffee Twist’

Carex flagellifera ‘Toffee Twist’ Discovered via Pinterest User Betty Hawthorne Valued for its dramatic foliage display of slender, iridescent bronze leaves with an elegant sweeping, trailing habit. A great filler to add cool-season interest to perennial borders or as a groundcover. Well suited for containers. — Monrovia Carex flagellifera Toffee Twist is a zone 7 hardy […]

Noted: How to Give Your Garden More Soul via Houzz

How to Give Your Garden More Soul via Houzz Traditional Landscape by Chicago Design-Build Firms Aquascape Inc.   don’t want to start an argument, but that’s inevitable when you talk about the subject of soul, especially in music. Marvin Gaye, of course, had soul. Robin Thicke doesn’t. What’s a soulful garden? It’s expressive of you […]

Noted: How to Design a Calming Minimalist Garden via Houzz

How to Design a Calming Minimalist Garden via Houzz Contemporary Landscape by Encinitas Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers debora carl landscape design   Minimalism in the garden should should start with boundaries. Because minimalist design is about restriction, especially in the use of color within the overall design, the choice of what is used — […]

Flowering Now: Silk Floss Tree (Ceiba speciosa)

Silk Floss Tree (Ceiba speciosa) While their flowers are certainly beautiful, I have always found these trees to be quite alien and intimidating — especially with their thorny trunks. Silk floss trees are a relatively common street tree here in Los Angeles, blooming each Fall around this time. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook […]

Noted: Free Online Gardening Lectures from the University of California via Root Simple

Free Online Gardening Lectures from the University of California via Root Simple I just got back from a combined Master Gardener/Master Food Preserver conference put on by the University of California Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (I became a Master Food Preserver back in 2012 thanks to a truly awesome training program put on […]

Noted: Native CA Plants in a Hidden Garden – Pierce College Botanical Garden via Animalbytes

Native CA Plants in a Hidden Garden – Pierce College Botanical Garden via Animalbytes I had heard there was a native plant garden on the campus at Pierce College in the San Fernando Valley, but I had not been there. I’m doing a series on Hidden Gardens of Los Angeles on TheEarthMinute.com, so I went […]

Noted: Great Design Plant: Paperbark Maple via Houzz

Great Design Plant: Paperbark Maple via Houzz Traditional Landscape by Duvall Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Le jardinet   Suited to small gardens but equally at home in larger landscapes, the paperbark maple is sure to become a favorite feature in your garden.   Read More “Noted” items are particularly good finds from my daily […]

Interesting Plant: Sanguisorba

Sanguisorba Discovered via Pinterest User By C’mai Sanguisorba is a genus of flowering plants in the family Rosaceae native to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The common name is burnet. The plants are perennial herbs or small shrubs. The stems grow to 50-200 cm tall and have a cluster of basal leaves, with further leaves arranged alternately up the stem. The […]