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Interesting Plant: Wild Ginger (Asarum caudatum)

Starting a series within a series, I will be highlighting shade plants that grow well underneath trees, especially California Live Oak. I have a deep shade area beneath many trees here in my own garden and i am constantly looking for plants that can help green this area. — Douglas A good ground cover that […]

Sage flowers via Instagram [Photo]

  Sage flowers #flowers #sage #plants #nature #garden #gardenersnotebook #herbs via Instagram Follow me on Instagram Sage Books and Plants:     Read more on this topic: Mexican sage in the sun #plants #flowers #garden #gardenersnotebook #nature #outdoors #beautiful #sage Prickly Pear (Opuntia) Flower #flowers #plants #cactus #succulent #garden #gardenersnotebook #nature #outdoors via Instagram [Photo] […]

Interesting Plant: Matilija Poppy (Romneya)

Matilija Poppy (Romneya) This is one of the flowers that — the first time you see it — looks artificial or fake. Surely, nothing can look look so perfect and so much like tissue paper in real life? Fortunately, though, they are real and, if you live in California or a similar climate, you might […]

A Quick Visit to Arlington Garden, Pasadena, California

After visiting the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden last Thursday, we made the pleasant discovery of this community garden, Arlington Garden, located right next door. I hadn’t heard about it before our visit and we only had a short time to walk around, but I was able to take a few photos of the prolific blooms […]

Interesting Plant: Mountain Cornflower (Centaurea montana)

Mountain Cornflower (Centaurea montana) Small, blue flower, native to the mountains of Europe that adds interest to any garden.   Discovered via Pinterest User Longsight Nursery and Landscaping Centaurea montana (perennial cornflower,[1] mountain cornflower, bachelor’s button, montane knapweed or mountain bluet) is a species of Centaurea endemic to Europe. It is widespread and common in the more southerly mountain ranges of Europe, but is rarer […]

Flowering Now: Penstemon

Flowering Now: Penstemon A native flower here in Southern California, although this particular variety might be a hybridized version for garden use. The lovely tubular flowers nod in the breeze above their deep-green leaves and add a spark to any landscape. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook Via Instagram   Get this photos — and […]

Interesting Plant: Eryngium yuccifolium

Eryngium yuccifolium Another possibility for a lovely, low water use plant, in the garden. Discovered via Pinterest User Beth Auten Eryngium yuccifolium (button eryngo, button snake-root, or rattlesnake master) is a common herbaceous perennial plant, native to the tallgrass prairies of central and eastern North America, from Minnesota east to Ohio and south to Texas and Florida. It grows to 1.8 m tall, with linear leaves 15–100 cm long but only […]

Garden Alphabet: Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea)

Garden Alphabet: Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) Sarcodes is a monotypic genus of a single springtime flowering plant in the heath family (Ericaceae) containing the single species Sarcodes sanguinea, commonly called the snow plant or snow flower. It is a parasitic plant that derives sustenance and nutrients from mycorrhizal fungi that attach to roots of trees. Lacking chlorophyll, it is unable to photosynthesize.[1] Ectomycorrhizal (EM) symbioses involve a mutualism between a […]

Photo: California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) from A Gardener’s Notebook (and products for you and your home!)

Buy this photo on a variety of products directly from RedBubble More photos from Douglas E. Welch and A Gardener’s Notebook on Flickr   Read more on this topic: Garden Alphabet: California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) Interesting Plant: California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) Photo: Firewheels Gaillardia from A Gardener’s Notebook (including a variety of products) Product: California […]

Event: Native Plant Week Wildflower Show, Symposium And Plant Sale – Saturday, April 18, 2015

NATIVE PLANT WEEK WILDFLOWER SHOW, SYMPOSIUM  AND PLANT SALE April 18, 2015 (Saturday); 9am-4pm Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino, 91436 The annual Wildflower Show of the Los Angeles / Santa Monica Mountains chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is scheduled for April 18 at the Sepulveda Garden Center in conjunction with a […]