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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 […]

Noted: Woodlands restored to re-create 16th century landscape in L.A. via The Los Angeles Times

Woodlands restored to re-create 16th century landscape in L.A. via The Los Angeles Times Descanso Gardens on Saturday will unveil an oak woodland that provides a glimpse of what Los Angeles might have looked like before 16th century European settlers and their livestock arrived and forever changed the Southern California landscape. Read More “Noted” items […]

Noted: Native CA Plants in a Hidden Garden – Pierce College Botanical Garden via Animalbytes

Native CA Plants in a Hidden Garden – Pierce College Botanical Garden via Animalbytes I had heard there was a native plant garden on the campus at Pierce College in the San Fernando Valley, but I had not been there. I’m doing a series on Hidden Gardens of Los Angeles on TheEarthMinute.com, so I went […]

Interesting Plant: Blue Flax (Linum lewisii)

Blue Flax (Linum lewisii) Such pretty blue flowers. I could see these spread throughout a meadow or cottage garden. I don’t have a lot of blue flowers in my garden, as I tend more towards purples, but these would be a nice addition. It would also be great if I could get them to naturalize […]