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Another Scene in the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Garden via Instagram

What is your favorite rose? Leave a comment and share! A Scene in the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Garden The garden was in nearly full bloom and this is just one of the many paths to be walked.   and Follow Join A Gardener’s Notebook on Facebook Don’t miss a single post! Sign up for the Gardener’s […]

Green Bean Still Life via Instagram

What is your favorite vegetable? Leave a comment and share! Green Bean Still Life I’m always intrigued by the quality of vegetables-both as food and photographic subjects-at the Sherman Oaks farmers market. We try to visit weekly to pick up fresh veg for the house and enjoy a few moments outdoors. Over the years I’ve taken many photos […]

Chrysanthemum in the @calpolypomona Rose Garden via Instagram

What are your favorite flowers? Leave a comment and share! Chrysanthemum in the @calpolypomona Rose Garden More plants from the @calpolypomona rose garden. I think it at nearly the height of its bloom. It took me over an hour to work my way around the garden.   and Follow Join A Gardener’s Notebook on Facebook Don’t miss a single post! Sign up […]

Planting allium, the lollipop of the garden | L.A. at Home via latimesblogs.latimes.com

I was just discussing alliums with my sister, Donna, a few days ago and now I seem to be seeing them everywhere. Here are a few Los Angeles friendly albums we could be growing in our gardens. — Douglas   Fall bulb catalogs are sweetened with alluring eye candy, including those lollipop-shaped alliums. Their large, […]

Watsonia in the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Garden via Instagram

What are your favorite flowers? Leave a comment and share! Watsonia in the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Garden More plants from the @calpolypomona rose garden. I think it at nearly the height of its bloom. It took me over an hour to work my way around the garden.  and Follow Join A Gardener’s Notebook on Facebook Don’t miss 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 […]

A Purple Iris In The Rose Garden via Instagram

What are your favorite flowers? Leave a comment and share! A Purple Iris In The Rose Garden Who says you can only have roses in a rose garden? There were a number of striking iris there, too. From the @calpolypomona rose garden. I think it at nearly the height of its bloom. It took me over an hour to work […]

How to help fireproof your home before the next big wildfire via The Los Angeles Times

Even cool, grey, and slightly rainy, days, fires are already starting to crop up around Southern California. Check out these tips to make your home even more fire safe. — Douglas How to help fireproof your home before the next big wildfire As Los Angeles homeowners prepare to trim grass, weeds and trees for the […]

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 […]