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Growing Pride & Produce via Yakima Herald-Republic

Could your area use a community garden? The answer might surprise you. Here is one excellent example of both the why and how of one small community’s garden. — Douglas     A few years ago, when Gini asked some residents, “What do you think we need in Buena?” A young woman said she wished […]

Artificial intelligence identifies plant species by looking at them via Boing Boing

There have been several apps that perform similar AI matching and each of them gets better with every iteration. Often they are good enough to get you into the right botanical ballpark so you can do more traditional research from there. That can significantly reduce the amount of time required to figure out exactly what plant […]

Gomphrena ‘Pinball Purple’ via Instagram

Gomphrena ‘Pinball Purple’ Spotted at the nursery this weekend. Might find a place in my front garden. Join the conversation on A Gardener’s Notebook on Facebook  From Missouri Botanic Garden… Annual. Easily grown in average, well-drained soils in full sun. Although mature plants exhibit good drought resistance, plants grow best with regular moisture throughout the […]

7 Excellent Screening Hedges/Trees from Garden of Eva

I see so many bad hedging choices made here in Los Angeles, so when our new neighbors wanted to plant a hedge, I found this article on non-traditions and perhaps better choices. — Douglas Ficus Nitida and Ficus Benjamina are not the solution. Whenever a client asks about installing a hedge they’re usually thinking of planting […]

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 […]