Watsonia in the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Garden via Instagram

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Watsonia in the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Garden

Watsonia in the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Garden via Instagram

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. 

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Blueberry Flowers via Instagram

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Blueberry Flowers via Instagram

Blueberry Flowers via Instagram

Hints of the blueberry crop to come in my sister’s Ohio garden. 

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Lavender In The Neighborhood via Instagram

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Lavender In The Neighborhood

Lavender In The Neighborhood via Instagram

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 to enjoy it. 

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Carabus (?) Beetle In The Garden via Instagram

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Carabus (?) Beetle In The Garden

Carabus (?) Beetle In The Garden via Instagram

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 the garden before, but he was quite obvious as he skittered amongst the leaves of grass in the neighbors lawn. 

I’m not sure of the exact species of beetle but I think carabus is the proper Genus. 
Let me know if you can identify this beetle more fully.

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A Purple Iris In The Rose Garden via Instagram

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A Purple Iris In The Rose Garden

A Purple Iris In The Rose Garden via Instagram

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 my way around the garden. 

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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 via The Los Angeles Times

How to help fireproof your home before the next big wildfire

As Los Angeles homeowners prepare to trim grass, weeds and trees for the annual brush clearance inspections in May and June, the L.A. County Fire Department’s Forestry Division advises moving beyond standard procedures when it comes to reducing wildfire risk.“The state is trying to pull away from the term ‘brush clearance’ and change the mind-set,” says Assistant Chief J. Lopez. “Clearing brush is going to help, but that puts the blame on brush only.”

So what should homeowners do? “Harden your homes,” Lopez says. “The best chance for a home to survive is by protecting the first 30 feet surrounding the home. We know it works.”

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Annual catalogue of seeds and plants by Schlegel & Fottler – 23 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old seed catalogs (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs. I’ll be sharing more catalogs as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

Historical Seed Catalogs: Annual catalogue of seeds and plants by Schlegel & Fottler – 23 in a series

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NOVELTIES AND SPECIALTIES. The Hersey Strawberry. LATEST FIRST PRIZE VARIETY. This strawberry originated at Hingham, Mass., some five years ago, it being a seedling, grown by Mr. Samuel Hersey of that town. It attracted so- much local attention that its ori- ginator soon learned that it had unusual value as a new and dis- tinct variety ; and after securing several first prizes at local ex- hibitions, it was also awarded first prize at the Strawberry Ex- hibition of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society last season.

 
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Power Perennials: Plants that Thrive No Matter What via Better Homes & Gardens

I much prefer perennials in my garden as they provide so much beauty for relatively little attention — returning year-after-year just when you need it most. I have a wide variety in my garden from bulbs to flowering trees to azaleas and more. Here are a few more perennials ideas for your garden, — Douglas
 

Add some flower power to your garden this year with any of these tough-as-nails perennial bloomers. No green thumb required!

Historical Garden Books: Gardening illustrated: A weekly journal for amateurs and gardeners by W. (William) Robinson (1879) – 37 in a Series

Archive.org has a host of old gardening books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs. I’ll be sharing more catalogs as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

Historical Garden Books: Gardening illustrated: A weekly journal for amateurs and gardeners by W. (William) Robinson (1879) – 37 in a Series

Historical Garden Books:  Gardening illustrated: A weekly journal for amateurs and gardeners by W. (William) Robinson (1879) - 37 in a SeriesHistorical Garden Books:  Gardening illustrated: A weekly journal for amateurs and gardeners by W. (William) Robinson (1879) - 37 in a Series

Historical Garden Books:  Gardening illustrated: A weekly journal for amateurs and gardeners by W. (William) Robinson (1879) - 37 in a SeriesHistorical Garden Books:  Gardening illustrated: A weekly journal for amateurs and gardeners by W. (William) Robinson (1879) - 37 in a Series

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A Weekly Journal for Amateurs and Gardeners.

FOUNDED BY W. ROBINSON, ;

Author of “ The English Flower Garden “ The Wild Garden “ Hardy Flowers “Alpine Flowers efrc. Founder of “ The Garden ” “Farm and Home.”

“ You See, Sweet Maid, We Marry A Gentle Scion To The Wildest Stock And Make Conceive A Bark Of Baser. Kind By Bi D Of Nobler. Race : Change It Rather ; But The Art Itself Is Nature.” — Shakespeare.

“Call The Vales And Bid Them Hither Cast Their Bells And Flowerets Of A Thousand Hues.” — Milton.

YOL. XIV., FEBRUARY 25, 1893.

London :

OFFICE 37, SOUTHAMPTON STREET, COVENT GARDEN, W.C. 

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Hibiscus In the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan via Instagram

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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 up as you walked about.


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