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O my Luve is like a red, red rose That’s newly sprung in June; via Instagram

O my Luve is like a red, red rose That’s newly sprung in June;O my Luve is like the melody That’s sweetly played in tune. — Robert Burns  and Follow Join A Gardener’s Notebook on Facebook Don’t miss a single post! Sign up for the Gardener’s Notebook Mailing List Read more on this topic: A […]

Lavender In The Neighborhood via Instagram

What are your favorite flowers? Leave a comment and share! Lavender In The Neighborhood Lavender (lavendula) does well here in the Mediterranean climate of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Even better, it is one of my wife’s favorite plants both for its look and its scent. I often bring a bundle into the house just […]

Carabus (?) Beetle In The Garden via Instagram

What insects do you find in your garden? Leave a comment and share! Carabus (?) Beetle In The Garden When you start working in the garden and get down close to the soil, you notice things that might not otherwise catch your eye. Such was the case with this bill. I’ve never really seen them in […]

Hibiscus In the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan via Instagram

What is your favorite hibiscus? Leave a comment and share! Hibiscus In the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan Shining out against the darkness of the shade in the garden, this hibiscus almost glows. This garden is hemmed in By buildings on each side and isn’t particularly large, but new vistas were always opening […]

Stinkbug (Nezara viridula) in the garden via Instagram

What insects do you find in your garden? Leave a comment and share! Stinkbug (Nezara viridula) in the garden I was out attacking the overgrown grass and weeds in the front yard when I happened on this insect. I used the Seek iOS app to narrow it down and then Wikipedia to completely identify it.   and […]

Hollyhocks (Alcea) are blooming via Instagram

What is your favorite rose? Leave a comment and share! Hollyhocks (Alcea) are blooming Our friends up the street have always had a wild and exuberant display of Hollyhocks in their yard. I love the tall and stately stems with the multiples of large flowers. So last year, I gathered a bunch of seeds from their […]

Valley Carpenter Bee (female) (Xylocopa varipuncta) [Video] (1 minute, 38 seconds)

Valley Carpenter Bee (female) (Xylocopa varipuncta) A female Valley Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa varipuncta) feeds on Mexican sage in my garden a few days ago. I was out working to clear up a mass of grass and weeds caused by the rainy year we have had when I spotted her nearly in my face. I took […]

Flowering Now: Brunfelsia (Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow) via Instagram

What is your favorite flower color? Leave a comment and share! Brunfelsia (Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow) More blooms this week with these brunfelsia. These were on the property when we bought it 23 years ago and I loved them so much I planted 2 more last year in a different area.  Each bloom progresses from blue […]

Flowering Now: Daffodils 2019 via Instagram

What is your favorite sign of Spring? Leave a comment and share! This year’s normal rainfall has made everything jump in the garden, including the weeds, and these daffodils look amazing. They are always a great harbinger of Spring even if they do mean hotter weather is coming.   and Follow Don’t miss a single post! Sign […]

Flowering Now: Gerbera Daisy in the Garden via Instagram

What is your favorite flower? Leave a comment and share! It is always a welcome surprise to see these Gerbera Daisies popping up in the garden. They were originally decorations from a close friends memorial service and each time they appear they remind me of him. A great way to keep someone in your memories year […]