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Garden Alphabet: Aspen

Aspen I took this photo years ago high atop Snow Bowl in the San Francisco Peaks just north of Flagstaff. A friend of ours, who lives in Sedona, took us to one of his favorite places admits the forest to just sit, talk and have lunch. I loved the screening effect of the trees — […]

Interesting Plant: Fuchsia

Fuchsia Fuchsia are one of those plants that just blows you away at every turn. There are so many , varieties, each with their own special coloration, flower shape and growing habit. I recently saw a Gardener’s World segment on fuchsia and was amazed once again. A little research shows that are even some native […]

Garden Alphabet: Campsis radicans

Campsis radicans Another lovely flowering vine — this one from my own garden. This camps is vine has arrived each year like clockwork since we moved in 18 years ago. It is deciduous, leaving only woody stems when it is dormant. It is getting more water this year, and seems more active than usual including […]

Interesting Plant: Palo Verde Tree (Parkinsonia florida)

Palo Verde Tree (Parkinsonia florida) Although we don’t see a lot of Parkinsonia here in the San Fernando Valley, it is widely used in our nearby desert communities like Palm Springs. My sister has several in her garden. They are a nice looking tree and fairly well-behaved in their growing habit. The trees are especially […]

Interesting Plant: Espalier Fruit Trees

Espalier Fruit Trees Today’s entry to more about a style of plants, rather than an individual plant. espalier fruit trees have been a part of gardening since and have always fascinated me. They are a bit of work to maintain, but fit in so well with certain aspects of gardens — like walls and fences. […]

Event: Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society 14th Annual Show and Plant Sale and Drought Tolerant Plant Festival – Jun 14 & 15, 2014

Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society14th Annual Show and Plant SaleDrought Tolerant Plant Festival LACSS.COM Saturday, June 14th 9am to 5pm (Workshops start at 10:00)Sunday, June 15th 9am to 4pm (Kids’ events start at 10:30) Learn how landscaping with drought tolerant plants can save money and water. The festival will include:⋄ Interior Educational Displays ⋄The […]

Noted: 10 Easy Edibles for First-Time Gardeners from Houzz

10 Easy Edibles for First-Time Gardeners from Houzz Contemporary Landscape by Vancouver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Aloe Designs The idea of growing edibles is always tempting. Photos of edible gardens promise you lush landscapes filled with a tantalizing mix of vegetables, herbs and flowers that will make all passersby stop and stare. Getting started […]

Garden Alphabet: Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) This is such a ubiquitous landscape plant herein Los Angeles that no one really even notices it anymore. You see it everywhere, so you tend to see it nowhere. The best thing about it, though, is the lovely smell. It is perfect to plant along paths or outside windows as the […]

Interesting Plant: Harlequin flower (Sparaxis tricolor)

Harlequin flower (Sparaxis tricolor) Another discovery from Tumblr. I subscribe to several people there who regular blog about flowers and gardening and the photo below popped in my feed. I don’t know much about them, but this photo led to me find out a but more. This is always the great judge of any blog […]

Garden Alphabet: Jacaranda mimosifolia

Jacaranda mimosifolia These amazing purple flowering trees burst forth every year at this time and brighten up the city dramatically. You don’t often sees flowers of this color and the masses each tree produces is quite overwhelming. The dropping flowers and seed pods can be a but messy, but it seems worth it to have […]