Mascalucia morning in the garden #garden #flowers #Italy #Sicily #nature #outdoors via Instagram [Photo]

In The Garden…July 15, 2016: Vacation Prep from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video] (17:11)

In The Garden…July 15, 2016: Vacation Prep from A Gardener’s Notebook 

In this episode:

  • Time to clean out the greenhouse before we head out to Sicily for 2.5 weeks
  • Transplant tomatoes in container garden

In The Garden...July 15, 2016: Vacation Prep from A Gardener's Notebook

 

Music: “Hustle” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)

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Garden Leaves: Echeveria – 4 in a series on A Gardener’s Notebook #garden #gardening #gardenersnotebook #echeveria #succulent #plants #nature via Instagram [Photo]

Garden Leaves: Echeveria – 4 in a series on A Gardener’s Notebook #garden #gardening #gardenersnotebook #echeveria #succulent #plants #nature via Instagram [Photo]

Garden Leaves: Echeveria – 4 in a series

In the natural world, flowers get all the attention and I have been guilty of perpetuating that bias here in my own blogs. That said, leaves are amazing, too, so in this series I will highlight the many forms of leaves available out there. — Douglas


Echeveria

Garden Leaves: Echeveria - 4 in a series

These might not look like traditional leaves, but leaves they are — even if heavily modified to store water in this drought-tolerant plant. The extra waxy exterior of the leaves also help to limit loss of water through evaporation. I especially like the color variegation of these leaves – adding a lot of flair to what might otherwise be a bland-looking plant.

Echeveria is a large genus of flowering plants in the Crassulaceae familynative to semi-desert areas of Central America, Mexico and northwestern South America. The genus is named after the 18th century Mexican botanical artist Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy.Plants may be evergreen or deciduous. Flowers on short stalks (cymes) arise from compact rosettes of succulent fleshy, often brightly coloured leaves.[2] Species are polycarpic, meaning that they may flower and set seed many times over the course of their lifetimes. Often numerous offsets are produced, and are commonly known as “hen and chicks“, which can also refer to other genera, such as Sempervivum, that are significantly different from EcheveriaMany Echeveria species are popular as ornamental garden plants. They are drought-resistant, although they do better with regular deep watering and fertilizing. Most will tolerate shade and some frost, although hybrids tend to be less tolerant. Most lose their lower leaves in winter; as a result, after a few years, the plants lose their attractive, compact appearance and need to be re-rooted or propagated. In addition, if not removed, the shed leaves may decay, harboring fungus that can then infect the plant.— Wikipedia

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Previously in Garden Leaves:

Bougainvillea bracts #flowers #plants #bougainvillea #nature #outdoors #garden #gardenersnotebook via Instagram [Photo]

Hibiscus #flowers #garden #nature #outdoors #plants #hibiscus via Instagram [Photo]

In The Garden…Short: Strawberry Runners from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video] (1:28)

In The Garden…Short: Strawberry Runners from A Gardener’s Notebook 

In this episode:

  • A quick look at the strawberry runners and how I dealt with a few of them to make new plants.

In The Garden...Short: Strawberry Runners from A Gardener's Notebook

 

Music: “Carefree” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)

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Event: TREE ADOPTION at the Van Nuys LADWP Customer Service Center – Sat. July 9, 2016 @ 9am

We picked up our new pomegranate tree at a similar event about a year or so ago. — Douglas

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TREE ADOPTION at the Van Nuys LADWP Customer Service Center

Sat, July 9, 9:00am – 10:30am

6550 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401, USA

 

City Plants is pleased to partner with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) for a Tree Adoption. It will start at 9:00 am till supplies last. 

If you are a resident of the City of Los Angeles, you are eligible to adopt a tree and plant it on private property! You must bring proof of residence (photo ID with an LA City address or a DWP bill) to the adoption event.

Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

imit one tree per person, per property address. For apartment buildings, limit is five trees per complex and one tree per unit.

Trees must be planted in the ground.

Bottlebrush tree (Callistemon) #tree #garden #gardenersnotebook #flowers #nature #botany #outdoors via Instagram [Photo]