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January 2015

Garden Alphabet: Basil

Basil Few things are as important in western cooking a basil. With a Sicilian-American wife to feed — and as an Italian food lover myself — we are always struggling to keep enough fresh basil growing to meet all of out culinary needs. I had pretty good success with basil over the last year, but […]

Garden Decor: Topiary Doorway

Topiary Doorway I have always loved formal topiary, even if it really wasn’t part of my overall garden style. I have been trying to grow up some rosemary topiary, but never seem to get them beyond the early stages before critters or weather bring them down. I’ll keep trying, though, and use images like this […]

Interesting Plant: Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens) via BeWaterWise.com

Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens) via BeWaterWise.com A few months ago I was invited down the office of the Metropolitan Water District to meet a number of people involved in their BeWaterWise.com project to help reduce water usage in California. As part of their efforts, they focus on providing plant alternatives to water hungry lawns. Over […]

Video: In the garden…January 4, 2015: Checking on frost damage to sweet potato vines and more

We had at least one night of frost here in the San Fernando Valley and it hit the sweet potato, basil and dayflower hard. See the results. 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 […]

Photo: California Winter Rose via #instagram

Previously in my Instagram Photos… Read more on this topic: Photo: Bewitched Rose 2011 via #instagram Photo: Lady Bank’s Rose via #instagram Photo: Purple Orchid from the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2014 via #instagram Video: Photo montage from the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2014 Photo: Rose in the garden today via Instagram

Free Pink Geranium Computer and Smartphone Wallpapers for January 2015

Here is a selection of free wallpapers for your computer desktop or smartphone. Click to load full-sized image, then right-click and select Save Image As… to download them to your own computer. On your smartphone, click the image to see the full-sized image, tap and hold, then select Save to Camera Roll. You can then […]