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Chelsea Garden Show – Mentioned Plants – Day 3 – May 22, 2013

Education is the focus of today’s Chelsea Garden Show, which is one of the stated missions of the Royal Horticultural Society. We learned about grafting apples, UK produce and more. You can see all 10 plants from    Ginko Biloba Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’  Rosa Iceberg ‘Korbin’– Plant of the Centenary Entry (5 of 10) 1953-1962 View all […]

Chelsea Garden Show – Mentioned Plants – Day 2 – May 21, 2013

10 Chelsea Gold Medals Awarded this year — more than any other previous year. The gardens did look quite striking this year, so I can’t say it is a big surprise. Here is today’s list of the plants and flowers mentioned during the coverage. With all the focus on the show gardens today, there are […]

In the neighborhood…Mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin)

In the neighborhood…Mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin) A. julibrissin is a small deciduous tree growing to 5–12 m tall, with a broad crown of level or arching branches. The bark is dark greenish grey in colour and striped vertically as it gets older. The leaves are bipinnate, 20–45 cm long and 12–25 cm broad, divided into […]

Tree Identification Help – What do you think it is? – Enkianthus?

Update 20130523: After poking around a bit, could this be an Enkianthus of some type? I am totally unfamiliar with this plant/tree, but it seems similar to photos I have found online. — Douglas I am taking more interest in the plants growing here in the neighborhood, so when I come across and unknown plant […]

Video: In the garden…May 9, 2013: Checking in on tomatoes, zucchini and everything else

“In the garden…” is a series for A Gardener’s Notebook highlighting what is happening in my garden, my friend’s gardens and California gardens throughout the seasons. Checking in on the new tomato, and zucchini, looking at acanthus flowers, viewing the trees and most of the new additions to the garden. Watch all the past “In the garden…” videos […]

Garden Inventory: Podocarpus

Garden Inventory: Podocarpus Podocarpus (pron.: /ˌpoʊdəˈkɑrpəs/;[1] from the Greek, podos, meaning “foot”, and karpos, meaning “fruit”) is a genus of conifers, the most numerous and widely distributed of the podocarp family Podocarpaceae. The 105 species of Podocarpus are evergreen shrubs or trees from 1-25 m (rarely to 40 m) in height. The leaves are 0.5-15 […]

Video: Magnolia grandiflora – a photo montage from A Gardener’s Notebook

A photo montage of the magnolia blooming in the neighborhood this week. For full resolution versions of these photos, visit the blog post on A Gardener’s Notebook. Do you have Magnolia in your yard or garden? What are your thoughts on these trees and how they fit in? Leave a comment and share with me […]

In the neighborhood…Magnolia grandiflora

In the neighborhood…Magnolia grandiflora Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as the southern magnolia or bull bay, is a tree of the family Magnoliaceae native to the southeastern United States, from Virginia south to central Florida, and west to eastern Texas and Oklahoma. Reaching 27.5 m (90 ft) in height, it is a large striking evergreen tree […]

Garden Inventory: Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)

 Garden Inventory: Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) Ulmus parvifolia, commonly known as the Chinese Elm[1] or Lacebark Elm, is a species native to China, Japan, North Korea and Vietnam.[2] It has been described as “one of the most splendid elms, having the poise of a graceful Nothofagus”.[3]  A small to medium deciduous, semi-deciduous (rarely semi-evergreen) tree growing […]

A Gardener’s Notebook April 2013 Update

It’s Spring! Time to Propagate!April 10, 2013 From A Gardener’s Notebook Newsletter – Join the Mailing List today! It is Springtime here in the Northern Hemisphere and the thoughts of a young gardener turn to propagation. No, not THAT type of propagation, but rather the making of more plants for our gardens. Whether planting seeds […]