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My Los Angeles 78: California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) via Instagram

What is your favorite type of native plant? Leave a comment and share! My Los Angeles 78: California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) Our state flower shining brightly on our friends garden.  This has been a great year for all flowers but especially our native plants like these. The “superbloom” is fading fast, but there are still these […]

Flowering Now: Calandrinia(?) via Instagram – April 16, 2019

What is your favorite flower color? Leave a comment and share! Flowering Now: Calandrinia(?) Spotted in a neighbor’s garden. I am not quite sure of the ID as there have been many new Mediterranean plants in the recently planted drought-tolerant gardens.  These “shouts” of color certainly catch the eye as you are walking by…or even driving.  […]

Waterfall/Rivulet, BioTrek Ethnobotany Garden, Cal Poly Pomona via Instagram

Where’s your favorite waterfall? Leave a comment and share! Waterfall/Rivulet, BioTrek Ethnobotany Garden, Cal Poly Pomona A peaceful scene in the garden—One of several gardens on the Cal Poly Pomona Campus. It is amazing how calming it can be to watch and listen to falling water, no matter how small the source. I think it has […]

A Very Prickly Pear (Opuntia), BioTrek Ethnobotany Garden, Cal Poly Pomona

What is your favorite succulent or cactus? Leave a comment and share! A Very Prickly Pear (Opuntia), BioTrek Ethnobotany Garden, Cal Poly Pomona One of several gardens on the Cal Poly Pomona Campus. Although relatively small, this garden has a large collection of plants both outdoors and inside a sizable glass house. “The Rain Bird BioTrek Project […]

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 […]

Iris on Cal Poly Pomona Campus via Instagram

What is blooming in your garden? Leave a comment and share! Iris on Cal Poly Pomona Campus A lovely bit of Spring as I walked around campus a few weeks ago. The contrast of the bright yellow against the dark@green leaves really made them pop. This great bloom is probably another result of our good winter […]

Ranunculus Flowers via Instagram

What is your favorite ranunculus? Leave a comment and share! Ranunculus Flowers More blooms spotted at the local @armstronggarden. I have thought about adding these bulbs to the garden over the years but somehow never found a color I liked enough.  This happens often. I see a plant I like but can’t figure out how, or where, to […]

Event: Tomatomania San Fernando Valley, March 16-18, 2019

Tapia Brothers, Encino, CA – March 16-18 For almost 20 years one of Los Angeles’ oldest garden traditions meets one of its newest sensations as Tapia Brothers Farm Stand hosts the largest of the TOMATOMANIA! seedling sales. We’ll showcase almost 300 tomato varieties (yes, you read that right) and offer everything you’ll need to have the most successful tomato […]

Bonsai via Instagram

What do you think about bonsai? Leave a comment and share! Bonsai A small, simple bonsai spotted @armstronggarden near me. I am always amazed at the delicate, miniature representations of bonsai, even if I don’t think I could ever develop the skill or patience necessary to create my own. I can always appreciate them, though. 😀… and the hard […]

Lavender via Instagram

What is your favorite scent or herb? Leave a comment and share! Lavender We have quite a bit of lavender here in the garden. My wife loves it both for its look and its lovely scent and it grows well in the Mediterranean climate here in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.  I haven’t purchased […]