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Flowering Now: Silk Floss Tree (Ceiba speciosa)

Silk Floss Tree (Ceiba speciosa) While their flowers are certainly beautiful, I have always found these trees to be quite alien and intimidating — especially with their thorny trunks. Silk floss trees are a relatively common street tree here in Los Angeles, blooming each Fall around this time. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook […]

Flowering Now: Sunflower (Helianthus)

Sunflower (Helianthus) These small sunflowers are growing in a whiskey barrel outside the kitchen window. They don’t get quite enough sun there, which is a chronic problem on my garden, so they are leggy and the flowers are small. Still, they put on a brace face and look quite cute. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A […]

Flowering Now: Hibiscus

Hibiscus in the neighborhood Walking back home after dropping off our car at the repair shop for some maintenance, I spotted this hibiscus. I loved the way it sort of quivered in the light breeze, so I shot a short (9 sec) video to use here along with with an animated gif. Something a little […]

Flowering Now: Cactus Flower

Cactus Flower (Unknown) My wife picked up this succulent planter at a garage sale somewhere over the years and we added some cacti and succulents to it over the years, so I truly have no idea the name of this cactus at all. It does bloom very prettily on occasion, though, so I thought I […]

Flowering Now: Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum)

Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum) Found along another walk in the neighborhood this week. I especially liked the white daisies with the purple centers. They almost seemed to glow in the sunshine. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook Leucanthemum × superbum (or Shasta daisy) is a commonly grown flowering herbaceous perennial plant with the classic daisy appearance of white petals (ray […]

Flowering Now: Plumaria, Van Nuys Civic Center, Los Angeles, California

Plumaria We happened upon these lovely plumaria on a walk around the neighborhood on Monday. These are part of the landscaping at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center just up the street. The bright yellows against the dark foliage is quite striking. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook Plumeria (common name Frangipani[citation needed]) is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae.[1] It […]

Flowering Now: Nasturtium

Nasturtium While the lettuce and herbs in the container garden are slowing down in the heat, the nasturtiums are firing up their orange blooms. I wish I could get some of these to naturalize in the garden itself, but I just have to keep trying, I guess. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook Nasturtium /nəˈstɜr.ʃəm/ is […]

Flowering Now: Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) – June 26, 2014

Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) I almost thought this was a banana tree flowering in my neighborhood on my walk the other day, but a quick Google search showed me that this is a Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai). The leaves look similar to banana, but the flowers are quite different. The flowers are […]

Video: Flowering Now for June 24, 2014 from A Gardener’s Notebook

A few short scenes of what is flowering in the garden this week. I plan on doing more of these in the coming weeks as each plant and tree goes through its seasonal changes.   Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle eBook. (You don’t need a […]

Flowering Now: Fortnight Lily (Dietes) – June 24, 2014

Flowering Now: Fortnight Lily (Dietes) – June 24, 2014 This dietes is among some of the flowers blocking in my garden this week. Not my favorite garden plant, as they are hugely overused and abused here in Southern California landscapes, but they do have very pretty flowers. Called Fortnight Lily as they flower about every 2 […]