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A Quick Visit to Arlington Garden, Pasadena, California

After visiting the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden last Thursday, we made the pleasant discovery of this community garden, Arlington Garden, located right next door. I hadn’t heard about it before our visit and we only had a short time to walk around, but I was able to take a few photos of the prolific blooms […]

A Bee-Friendly Garden Can Be a Happy, Productive and Beautiful Garden for All [Book]

The Bee-Friendly Garden Design an abundant, flower-filled yard that nurtures bees and supports biodiversity by Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn The publisher provided a free review copy of this book, but the opinions here are my own. Bees — all sorts of bees — are much in the news these days and not just in […]

In The Garden…March 2, 2016 from A Gardener’s Notebook – Container Refurb, Strawberries, Garlic and more! [Video] (4 min)

In The Garden…March 2, 2016 from A Gardener’s Notebook – Container Refurb, Strawberries, Garlic and more! In this episode: Container refurb with newly planted strawberries and garlic Checkup on 1 year old buckwheat and pomegranate tree Bankside Roses in Bloom Strawberries and garlic also planted directly in garden Garden and flower photography products available from http://DouglasEWelch.com/buy […]

Tomatomania 2016 Dates Announced!

Tomatomania announced their 2016 dates and it promises to be just as amazing as previous years. Our local event here in the San Fernando Valley will be March 18-20 at Tapia Bros Farm Stand in the Sepulvedaa Basin once again. I usually make a point of stopping by at least once during the weekend to […]

Interesting Plant: Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’

Tiarella ‘Pink Skyrocket’ Another Pinterest find from Kelhm’s Song Sparrow Farm and Nursery. There are a wide variety of Tiarella’s available from a variety of vendors, it seems. What are your thoughts on this Interesting Plant? Drop a note in the comments! Discovered via Pinterest Tiarella trifoliata, commonly called threeleaf foamflower,[1] laceflower,[2] or sugar-scoop,[2] is a dicot in the family Saxifragaceae. It is native […]

Garden Decor: Twig Trellises at Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, California

Twig Trellises at Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, California During our visit to nearby Descanso Gardens on President’s Day, I came across these wonderful twig trellises in their kitchen and learning garden. This area was filled with fruit trees, vegetables, berries and more. The entrances were framed with these tall trellises built from gathered, down, […]

Book: A Wilder Life by Celestine Maddy with Abbye Churchill

A Wilder Life by Celestine Maddy with Abbye Churchill Artisan, A Division of Workman Publishing Company, Inc. Every book, no matter what the genre, is always a unique representation of its author and A Wilder Life seems to delve into all the interests of author, Celestine Maddy and reveals a wide and varied landscape of […]

Large Scale Container Garden with Galvanized Tanks in the Neighborhood

I came across the large scale container garden just a few streets away on my daily walk. I don’t usually walk this particular street , but I am surprised I hadn’t happened upon it before. As you can see, it is elegantly laid out, using long, galvanized steel watering tanks as beds, as well as a few […]

Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) in my garden – January 2016 [Video] (2:40)

Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) in my garden – January 2016 In this episode: Allen’s Hummingbirds (Selasphorus sasin) frequent our feeder this month. My friend, Keri from Animalbytes.net helped us identify the proper species and even gifted us the hummingbird guide linked below. Check out Animalbytes.net for more great nature, birding and wildlife information Garden and flower […]

Garden Alphabet: Calliandra

Garden Alphabet: Calliandra The genus comprises herbaceous perennial plants, shrubs and rarely small trees growing 0.5–6 m tall, with bipinnate leaves. The flowers are produced in cylindrical or globose inflorescences and have numerous long slender stamens which give rise to the common names powder-puff, powder puff plant, and fairy duster. These plants flower all year round, but the best blooming is in spring and summer. They can be easily pruned. — Wikipedia Get my photos […]