Video: In the garden…September 5, 2014: Basil back in the garden and containers

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Our basil cuttings are ready to add to one of my retrofitted raised beds and also into one of the containers, as a backup.

Video: In the garden...September 5, 2014: Basil back in the garden and containers

Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle eBook. (You don’t need a Kindle to read it, though. Read it on your PC, Link: http://j.mp/fagnbook

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Music: “The One by the Woodshedders and “Hustle” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License

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Event: Maintenance Manuals for Residential Native Plant Gardens with California Native Plant Society – Tue, Sept, 9. 2014

Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society

The Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society  is pleased to present the following public program at

7:30  pm, Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sepulveda Garden Center

16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino, CA

(just west of the intersection of Hayvenhurst and Magnolia)

Program: Maintenance Manuals for Residential Native Plant Gardens

Presenter:

Ellen Mackey is a Senior Ecologist who edited the Los Angeles River Landscaping Guidelines and Plant Palettes (2004), co-authored the Care and Maintenance of Southern California Native Plant Gardens (2006), co-authored the Old Marengo Park Maintenance Manual, and the Elmer Avenue Maintenance Manuals. She leads the Native Seed Resources Coalition, creating a reliable supply of locally native plants for local landscaping projects. Her front yard native plant landscaping is certified by the National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Habitat Program.

Description:

After the dust clears from removing your lawn and replacing it with native plants, you need a long-term care plan to keep your garden healthy and happy for years into the future. Ellen Mackey will review the process and resources needed to create manuals tailor-made for your garden. Before all the notes and maps on irrigation, storm water provisions, lists of useful information on native plants and common weeds invading the garden are lost, assemble a maintenance manual and include a month-by-month care schedule. Your garden will grow in beauty!

Books for sale on California plants!
Free refreshments!
Free handouts!

Visit the LASMMNPS Web Site for more information!

Event: Veggiepalooza at Fullerton Arboretum – September 13 & 14, 2014

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Veggiepalooza Fall

 

Fullerton Arboretum to Host Fall Veggiepalooza Seedling Sale

September 13thand 14th, 2014

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Members Only Presale September 13th 8:30 – 10:00 AM

Fall Veggies

The potting Shed will offer over 150 varieties of vegetable plants, herbs and seeds for the fall and winter garden.

Learn how to grow fall and winter vegetables at one of our gardening seminars.

Gardening experts will be available to help choose the best varieties for your garden.

For complete information, visit the Fullerton Arbotetum web site.

Video: In the garden…September 3, 2014: Sweet Potato Starts for Everyone!

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Anyone need any sweet potato starts? I have more than I know what to do with. Perhaps give some to the neighbors.

Video: In the garden...September 3, 2014: Sweet Potato Starts for Everyone!

Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle eBook. (You don’t need a Kindle to read it, though. Read it on your PC, Link: http://j.mp/fagnbook

Watch all past episodes of “In the garden…” in this YouTube Playlist


Music: “Hustle” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License

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Noted: Patio-Perfect Berry Bushes Like You’ve Never Seen via Houzz

Patio-Perfect Berry Bushes Like You’ve Never Seen via Houzz

Landscape by Lowell Garden & Landscape Supplies Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc.
 
I have fond memories of my granddad’s garden. He grew all the fruit and vegetables for our family, and I spent many summer days helping him pick the sun-kissed berries, sampling more than a few as I worked! Even today the heady aroma of fresh, warm fruit takes me straight back to his large raspberry patch, which was unruly at best and an impenetrable thicket at worst. As tasty as these treats were, I couldn’t imagine ever having a garden large enough to accommodate growing my own.
 
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Noted: 10 Easy Pieces: Garden Clogs and Ankle Boots by Erin Boyle via Gardenista

10 Easy Pieces: Garden Clogs and Ankle Boots by Erin Boyle via Gardenista

10 Easy Pieces: Garden Clogs and Ankle Boots by Erin Boyle via Gardenista

Given the choice, I’d go barefoot. It doesn’t matter if it’s sand between my toes or fresh garden mud, I like the feeling of my bare feet planted directly on the earth. When I was younger, my sisters and I had contests to see whose feet were toughest; the test was walking barefoot across our gravel driveway without wincing.

Unfortunately rigorous gardening duties require shoes. Here are a few of my favorite ways to compromise, with clogs and low boots:

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Garden Decor: Sheet Metal Frog on Garden Gate

Sheet Metal Frog on Garden Gate

A great piece of garden decor from right here in my own neighborhood. I was walking down a street I don’t normally travel on my walks and came across this lovely sheet metal frog adorning a front garden gate. Nice craftsmanship and a wonderful introduction into their garden.

Garden Decor: Sheet Metal Frog on Garden Gate

 

More metal garden decor from Amazon.com

 * a portion of each Amazon sales goes directly to support A Gardener’s Notebook
** some of these books may be available at your local library. Check it out!
 
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Noted: Great Design Plant: Japanese Painted Fern Weaves a Garden Tapestry via Houzz

Great Design Plant: Japanese Painted Fern Weaves a Garden Tapestry via Houzz

Spaces by Topsfield Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Andrew Keys
 
So much of the woodland garden is green. While shade gardeners appreciate verdant mounds of moss, swaths of sweet box and colonies of camellias, some color relief is a welcome respite from the norm. The Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum) gives us just that, sporting a beautiful display of gray and burgundy foliage with hints of subtle green. It is like that little black dress, bringing elegance and an element of surprise to the table, standing out among the crowd. Dress up your shade garden with this fern. You won’t be sorry.
 
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Noted: Vogeli Bird Feeder By Vasse And Peg Vaught via Design Milk

Vogeli Bird Feeder By Vasse And Peg Vaught via Design Milk

Vogeli Bird Feeder By Vasse And Peg Vaught via Design Milk

Made from 16 oz. solid copper, the Vogeli Bird Feeders will last a lifetime, slowly aging to a natural green patina. Designed and handcrafted by Vasse and Peg Vaught in Virginia, these feeders feature dramatic, sculpture-like curves where the top spiral acts as a roof to shelter the birds and the seed. The bottom has small holes to allow for drainage.

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Flowering Now: Sunflower (Helianthus)

Sunflower (Helianthus)

These small sunflowers are growing in a whiskey barrel outside the kitchen window. They don’t get quite enough sun there, which is a chronic problem on my garden, so they are leggy and the flowers are small. Still, they put on a brace face and look quite cute.

Flowering Now: Sunflower (Helianthus)

Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook

From Wikipedia…

 Helianthus L. /ˌhliˈænθəs/[2] (sunflower) is a genus of plants comprising about 52 species[3] in the Asteraceae family, all of which are native to North America. The common name “sunflower” also applies to the popular annual species Helianthus annuus.[4] This and other species, notably Jerusalem artichoke (H. tuberosus), are cultivated in temperate regions as food crops and ornamental plants.[5] The genus is one of many in the Asteraceae that are known as sunflowers. It is distinguished technically by the fact that the ray flowers, when present, are sterile, and by the presence on the disk flowers of a pappus that is of two awn-like scales that are cauducous (that is, easily detached and falling at maturity). Some species also have additional shorter scales in the pappus, and there is one species that lacks a pappus entirely. Another technical feature that distinguishes the genus more reliably, but requires a microscope to see, is the presence of a prominent, multicellular appendage at the apex of the style.

There is quite a bit of variability among the perennial species that make up the bulk of the species in the genus. Some have most or all of the leaves in a rosette at the base of the plant and produce a flowering stem that has leaves that are reduced in size. Most of the perennials have disk flowers that are entirely yellow, but a few have disk flowers with reddish lobes. One species, H. radula, lacks ray flowers altogether.

The domesticated sunflower, Helianthus annuus, is the most familiar species. Perennial sunflower species are not as popular for gardens due to their tendency to spread rapidly and become invasive. — Wikipedia

More information on Helianthus (sunflower):

 

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