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Garden Alphabet: Rosa ‘Mikado’

Rosa ‘Mikado’ This is a specimen of Rosa ‘Mikado’ here in my own garden. The previous owners had planted these, Bewitched, Peace and JFK roses in the garden 18+ years ago and some of them are still going well. The Mikado tend to give is a good show throughout the year. They start our all […]

Garden Alphabet: California Flannelbush (Fremontodendron californicum)

California Flannelbush (Fremontodendron californicum) I didn’t know much about this plant and flower until I saw it yesterday at the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2014. My friend, Keri, from Animalbytes.net, is much more knowledgable about native plants than I am, so she was able to offer some more information. I would love to plant […]

Garden Alphabet: California Sycamore (Platanus racemosa)

Garden Alphabet: California Sycamore (Platanus racemosa) Sycamore are ubiquitous here in Southern California. If you are looking for water, ti is common to look for the sycamore, which require more water and therefore grow close to water sources, even if they aren’t obvious like a creek, river or pond. I love the eccentric arching of the […]

Garden Alphabet: Gerbera Daisy

Garden Alphabet: Gerbera Daisy Gerbera Daisy are ubiquitous plants here in Southern California, although usually seen as potted plants given at parties and, in the case of these daisies, as flower for our friend’s memorial service. His wife brought them by afterwards and placed them in the garden as a reminder of him. I wasn’t sure […]

Garden Alphabet: Wisteria

Garden Alphabet: Wistera The epitome of Spring, the big, burly, grasping, sprawling and blowzy wisteria is a favorite in many gardens. You need a hefty trellis or pergola to host this (potential) monster of a plant. For that, you will be rewarded with an explosion of draping purple or white flowers that attract hummingbirds and bees […]

Garden Alphabet: Butterfly (Lepidoptera)

Garden Alphabet: Butterfly (Lepidoptera) The garden is made up of more than just plants. The best gardens are filled with insects and wildlife as well as plants and flowers and learning more about these inhabitants can expand your understanding and the joy of keeping a garden. This butterfly photo was taken at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage […]

Garden Alphabet: Lavender (Lavendula)

Garden Alphabet: Lavender (Lavendula) A closeup of a lavender harvest from my own garden. Lavender seems to do very well here in our Mediterranean climate, if we can get it enough sun, It deals well with our hot and dry summers and never fails to impress with its smell. I love the purple flowers too, and […]

Garden Alphabet: Pineapple (Ananas comosus)

Garden Alphabet: Pineapple (Ananas comosus) We have visited Hawaii only once, but since we were driving right past the Dole Plantation it made sense to stop in for a bit. The one sight that attracted my attention most was the test garden which contained a wide variety of pineapples, including the example. Some were red, some […]

Garden Alphabet: Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia)

Garden Alphabet: Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) There is a distinct alien look to Joshua Trees as you drive across the California High Desert. Their gnarled, out-stretched arms almost look like they are stumbling across the desert, headed to some secret location to plan their next move. I took this photo while we visiting the Antelope Valley […]

Garden Alphabet: Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

Garden Alphabet: Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) A tasty addition for any herb garden that grows so easily. These plants are starting to flower, so I will make sure to capture the seed and put it back into the container in order to grow an entire new set for future meals. Chives Chives is the common name of Allium […]