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Garden Alphabet: Fungi

Garden Alphabet: Fungi Fungi make up a huge part of the plant kingdom, but often we don’t even notice them. These fungi popped up in my garden a few years ago, probably digesting old tree roots or something similar. Fungi A fungus (/ˈfʌŋɡəs/; plural: fungi[3] or funguses[4]) is a member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds (British […]

Garden Alphabet: Apricot (Prunus armeniaca)

Garden Alphabet: Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) I am not a big fan of apricots myself. I find their flavor a little off-putting, but I know many people who adore them. It seems that apricot was a popular backyard tree when our development was built back in the 40’s, as there are many, quite old, apricot trees scattered […]

Garden Alphabet: Primula (Primrose)

Garden Alphabet: Primula (Primrose) These may be small plants and flowers, but their striking colors make them stand out wherever they bloom. Along with these blue and yellow primula, the owners had also planted some bright yellow ones that really caught the eye. I liked the color combination best on this one, even if the […]

Garden Alphabet: Azalea

Garden Alphabet: Azalea I hadn’t experienced azalea much until I moved her to California. Then, of course, I inherited a garden full of them. They are reliable, relatively maintenance free perennials that put on a good flower show every year. They also come in a variety of colors, so gardeners have a good choice of […]

Garden Alphabet: Currant (Ribes)

Garden Alphabet: Currant (Ribes) During our last trip to Ohio, I was surprised to see so many wild currant bushes in the fence rows, parks and yards. I don’t remember currants from my childhood at all and I am not sure how I missed their existence, as we spent many long days wandering about the […]

Garden Alphabet: Matilija Poppy (Romneya)

Garden Alphabet: Matilija Poppy (Romneya) It is a big surprise that these huge plants and flowers are actually California natives. Typical natives here are small in stature to preserve the rare moisture we receive here. These are huge show-offs though. They make quite a statement in anyone’s garden. The original photo for this entry was taken […]

Garden Alphabet: Echinacea

Garden Alphabet: Echinacea I haven’t had much success growing Echinacea here in my garden, but I plan to keep trying. I love the large flowers and their lovely purple color.   Echinacea “Echinacea /ˌɛkɨˈneɪʃ(i)ə/[1] is a genus, or group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family, Asteraceae. The nine species it contains are commonly calledconeflowers. They are endemic to eastern and central North America, where […]

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 […]

Event: : Descanso Gardens: Did they survive last year’s windstorm?

California Native Plant Society Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter TUESDAY EVENING PROGRAMS  May 8  ·  7:30 – 9:30pm Descanso Gardens: Did they survive last year’s windstorm? Presenter: Rachel Young Location: Sepulveda Garden Center, Encino Descanso Gardens is a unique Southern California landscape distinguished by its specialized botanic collections, historical significance, and rare natural beauty. Located in a coast live oak […]

Question: Garden Bed Refurb Ideas Wanted – What would you do?

As you can see from the pictures below, this garden bed is in pretty said shape. Over our 16 years here, it has been in fairly steady decline. I have tried to add a few shrubs to this area, but nothing seems to take. So, this is where you come in. What would you like […]