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Chelsea Garden Show – Mentioned Plants – Day 5 – May 24, 2013

It’s was raining in Chelsea today, but the show continued with a ton of plants mentioned.   Dahlia ‘Tommy Keith’ Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ Geranium Rozanne – Plant of the Centenary Entry (9 of 10) 1993-2002 Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’  – Plant of the Centenary Entry (10 of 10) 2003-2012 Rhododendron macabeanum Picea glauca ‘Albertina Conica’ Pinus wallichiana Nepeta […]

Garden Alphabet: Japanese Cherry (Prunus serrulata)

Garden Alphabet: Japanese Cherry (Prunus serrulata) Very close by we have a manmade lake that is  surrounded with a heavy planting of Japanese Cherry Trees that put on quite a show each Spring. It reminds me greatly of photos of the cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, near the National Mall. I usually […]

Video:In the garden…May 22, 2013: Maintenance and cleanup in the garden including water timers

“In the garden…” is a series for A Gardener’s Notebook highlighting what is happening in my garden, my friend’s gardens and California gardens throughout the seasons. I prune back the lantana, pull up some grass, dig up some potatoes and replace some mechanical water timers in the garden in this episode Watch all the past “In the garden…” […]

Garden Vocabulary: Latin Botanical Epithets – Augustifolia

After watching 2 days of coverage of the Chelsea Garden Show and noting all the plant names I see, it re-interested me in a project to research those Latin words that appear frequently in plant names. Some are very common and others quote rare, but I figured I would start with one of the most […]

Chelsea Garden Show – Mentioned Plants – Day 2 – May 21, 2013

10 Chelsea Gold Medals Awarded this year — more than any other previous year. The gardens did look quite striking this year, so I can’t say it is a big surprise. Here is today’s list of the plants and flowers mentioned during the coverage. With all the focus on the show gardens today, there are […]

In the neighborhood…Mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin)

In the neighborhood…Mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin) A. julibrissin is a small deciduous tree growing to 5–12 m tall, with a broad crown of level or arching branches. The bark is dark greenish grey in colour and striped vertically as it gets older. The leaves are bipinnate, 20–45 cm long and 12–25 cm broad, divided into […]

Chelsea Garden Show – Mentioned Plants – Day 1 – May 20, 2013

My goodness, the number of plants mentioned in today’s Chelsea Garden Show coverage is likely to keep me busy for the entirety of next year. There is something in this list for everyone, I think — everything from Acer to Dahlia to Pelargonium to Xanthorrhaea. Enjoy your travels through today’s world of plants and tell […]

Video: Container Garden Update 28: Lettuce harvest and working through the potting bench

I harvest some baby buttercrunch lettuce to give more space to remaining heads and then work through everything on the potting bench to check for success and failure. Finally I pot up lantana layerings from our recent pruning (See In the Garden series for more info). Can’t see the video above? Watch “Container Garden Update 28” on […]

Interesting Plant: Nigella damascena (love-in-a-mist, ragged lady)

Interesting Plant: Nigella damascena (love-in-a-mist, ragged lady) Via gardenmuse.wordpress.com Interesting Plant: Nigella damascena (love-in-a-mist, ragged lady) Nigella damascena (love-in-a-mist, ragged lady[1]) is an annual garden flowering plant, belonging to the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. It is native to southern Europe (but adventive in more northern countries of Europe), north Africa and southwest Asia, where it is found on […]

Chelsea Garden Show 2013 this week

This week marks the 100th anniversary — The Centenary — of the Chelsea Garden Show in England. I have never been able to attend, but each year I watch from afar as show gardens, new plants and new ideas a shared via the web, YouTube and more. You can check out the basic of the […]