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Garden Alphabet: California Flannelbush (Fremontodendron californicum)

California Flannelbush (Fremontodendron californicum) I didn’t know much about this plant and flower until I saw it yesterday at the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2014. My friend, Keri, from Animalbytes.net, is much more knowledgable about native plants than I am, so she was able to offer some more information. I would love to plant […]

Interesting Plant: Primula auricula

Primula auricula Maybe it is just because it is Spring, but I have been seeing all sorts of mentioned of auricula in the last week or so. Gardener’s World on the BBC had an entire segment on them and they have been popping up in my RSS feed reading, too (See 100 Flower : #031 Auriculas). […]

Garden Alphabet: California Sycamore (Platanus racemosa)

Garden Alphabet: California Sycamore (Platanus racemosa) Sycamore are ubiquitous here in Southern California. If you are looking for water, ti is common to look for the sycamore, which require more water and therefore grow close to water sources, even if they aren’t obvious like a creek, river or pond. I love the eccentric arching of the […]

Interesting Plant: Dahlia ‘Honka’

Interesting Plant: Dahlia ‘Honka’ This has to be the most un-Dahlia-like dahlia I have ever seen. This is a dahlia stripped to its most basic components. Certainly this is a plant for a specific place and purpose, but it did catch my eye when I saw it on Pinterest. Discovered via Pinterest user Jill Anderson […]

Garden Alphabet: Gerbera Daisy

Garden Alphabet: Gerbera Daisy Gerbera Daisy are ubiquitous plants here in Southern California, although usually seen as potted plants given at parties and, in the case of these daisies, as flower for our friend’s memorial service. His wife brought them by afterwards and placed them in the garden as a reminder of him. I wasn’t sure […]

Video: Beechgrove Garden starts 2014 season

Once of my favorite gardening shows, align with the BBC’s Gardeners World. Check it out for yourself in this YouTube video below. From the Beechgrove web site… For most of the country, it’s waders rather than wellies that are essential kit to get gardening this spring. Beechgrove is back and Jim McColl, Carole Baxter, George […]

Interesting Plant: Feathery Cassia (Senna artemisioides)

Feathery Cassia (Senna artemisioides) Another possibility for mine and my neighbors Southern California gardens. I have seen this out in the Palm Springs area where my sister has lived for 20+ years and it does look very attractive as part of a xeriscape environment. I am not sure if I have enough sun here in […]

42 of My Favorite Garden Things for March 2014 — Shared Links from Douglas E. Welch

As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas Get new shared links as I find them via my social media feeds:      Garden / Introducing the Gardenwatch assistants for 2014 Garden / Magnolias .. Spring in the Bay […]

Garden Alphabet: Wisteria

Garden Alphabet: Wistera The epitome of Spring, the big, burly, grasping, sprawling and blowzy wisteria is a favorite in many gardens. You need a hefty trellis or pergola to host this (potential) monster of a plant. For that, you will be rewarded with an explosion of draping purple or white flowers that attract hummingbirds and bees […]

Link Focus: Book Review: The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto from The Patient Gardener’s Weblog

Book Review: The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto from The Patient Gardener’s Weblog The best book reviews give us a clear indication why we should read a book, its pros, its cons, its faults and its triumphs. Even more, it should entice us to read the book on our own, unsatisfied with the small […]