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10 best gardening books via The Independent

Another great set of books to start working through. I see at least 5 that I will be requesting from the library immediately, if possible. I highly recommend you check out your own local library, too! — Douglas No matter what plants you want to grow, or style of garden you want to maintain, you’ll […]

Noted: Gardening 101: Tulip – Gardenista

All about Tulips     In The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas (the father of the more famous Dumas who wrote The Count of Monte Cristo), an entire town in the Netherlands is struck by tulip mania. An enormous prize is offered to any grower who can procure a truly black tulip. Indeed, the Dutch […]

Noted: Propagating plants from cuttings

We can always use more plants and FREE plants at that! Check out these techniques for making more plants all the time — Douglas   Read Propagating plants from cuttings via Sunset Magazine An interesting link found among my daily reading Read more on this topic: Noted: DIY on a Budget: $30 Mini Concrete Planters […]

Interesting Plant: Bush beardtongue (Keckiella breviflora)

Bush beardtongue (Keckiella breviflora) By tomhilton – originally uploaded to Flickr as Keckiella 02, CC BY 2.0, Link What are your thoughts on this Interesting Plant? Drop a note in the comments!  Keckiella breviflora (formerly Penstemon breviflorus) is a species of flowering shrub in the plantain family known by the common name bush beardtongue. It is native to many of the western Transverse […]

The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden [Book]

The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden by Johanna Silver (Author), Marion Brenner (Photographer) If you truly want to know and understand a garden, you need to walk the garden with the owner, the creator, the designer or the head gardener. They can show and tell you small things that you might […]

A Botanist’s Vocabulary: 1300 Terms Explained and Illustrated [Book]

A Botanist’s Vocabulary: 1300 Terms Explained and Illustrated Susan K. Pell and Bobbi Angell Exactly what it says on the cover, A Botanist’s Vocabulary defines and illustrates 1300 botanical terms from abaxial (lower surface) to zygomorphic (having a single plane of symmetry). The definitions are short, clear and to the point while the excellent line […]

Garden Vocabulary: ICN – International Code of Nomenclature

Garden Vocabulary: ICN – International Code of Nomenclature Someone has to manage all those latin names that pot up in books, nurseries and, more importantly, in our gardens. Who decides that that plant is a Clytostoma callistegioides and not a Ficus benjamina? Ever notice when plants change their Latin names. Moraea isn’t Moraea anymore. It’s now […]

On YouTube: Gardeners’ World 2017 – Episode 1 (HD)

I make time to watch Gardeners’ Word from the BBC any time I get the chance. They just started their 50th Season this week. One great segment they’ve added for this season is an interview with a major influence in gardening each episode. Garderners’ World is my brief respite from the “real world” each week. […]

Noted: Gardening 101: Leucadendrons: Gardenista

A lovely family of plants worth knowing more about — Douglas   Read Gardening 101: Leucadendrons: Gardenista via Gardenista An interesting link found among my daily reading Read more on this topic: Noted: Dirty Secrets: 10 Ways to Improve Garden Soil: Gardenista Noted: Field Guide: Smoke Bush by Kendra Wilsonvia via Gardenista Noted: Shopper’s Diary: […]

A new prickly pear paddle forms

A new prickly pear paddle forms The opuntia was showing new growth in Arlington Garden. These will soon become large paddles. Follow A Gardener’s Notebook on Facebook Read more on this topic: Container Garden Update 42: Propagating Prickly Pear (Opuntia) [Video] (4:12) Prickly Pear (Opuntia) Flower #flowers #plants #cactus #succulent #garden #gardenersnotebook #nature #outdoors via […]