Oriental Poppy at Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House, Denver, Colorado via Instagram

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Oriental Poppy at Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House, Denver, Colorado

Oriental Poppy at Center for Colorado Women's History at Byers-Evans House, Denver, Colorado via Instagram

Wandering about Denver, we happened upon this historical home which also serves as an important women’s history center. 
This poppy is much like those that would have been found in the house’s garden back at the turn of the previous century. 

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Green Bean Still Life via Instagram

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Green Bean Still Life

Green Bean Still Life

I’m always intrigued by the quality of vegetables-both as food and photographic subjects-at the Sherman Oaks farmers market. 
We try to visit weekly to pick up fresh veg for the house and enjoy a few moments outdoors. 
Over the years I’ve taken many photos which I’ve later used as posters and other products for sale via my Redbubble account. Nothing shines out more than a great beautiful looking picture of great beautiful tasting food.

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Rhododendrons On Full Flower via My Instagram

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Rhododendrons On Full Flower

Rhododendrons On Full Flower via My Instagram

These rhodies — and several others — were in full flower in my sister’s Ohio garden when I visited in May. Quite an exuberant show. 

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A Scene in the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Garden via Instagram

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A Scene in the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Garden

A Scene in the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Garden via Instagram

The garden was in nearly full bloom and this is just one of the many paths to be walked. 

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Lily-of-the-Valley via Instagram

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Lily-of-the-Valley via Instagram

A lovely specimen from my sister’s Ohio garden. So wish we could grow these here in the San Fernando Valley. 

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Striking Yellow Roses via Instagram

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Striking Yellow Roses

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More roses 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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Chrysanthemum in the @calpolypomona Rose Garden via Instagram

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Chrysanthemum in the @calpolypomona Rose Garden

Chrysanthemum in the @calpolypomona 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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Planting allium, the lollipop of the garden | L.A. at Home via latimesblogs.latimes.com

I was just discussing alliums with my sister, Donna, a few days ago and now I seem to be seeing them everywhere. Here are a few Los Angeles friendly albums we could be growing in our gardens. — Douglas
 

Fall bulb catalogs are sweetened with alluring eye candy, including those lollipop-shaped alliums. Their large, globed flower heads consist of petite star-like blossoms that shoot from stems rising 2 to 4 feet. But unless you want to dig up the bulbs and refrigerate them for weeks every year, most alliums are temptations to be resisted.

Southern California has the warm, dry summers these bulbs favor but not the cold winters they usually require. Joan Citron, editor of “Selected Plants for Southern California Gardens,” has tried about 10 kinds in her Reseda garden. For the most part, they’ve thrived only in colder years. “I think they’re gorgeous,” she says, “but they’re not worth the trouble.”

Does that mean gardeners here should steer clear of ornamental alliums, relatives of culinary onion, leek and garlic?

Not necessarily. Though a few can be aggressive and weedy, others will settle in nicely. Garden designer James Duell is bowled over by the 2-foot-wide spheres of amethyst-colored Allium schubertii that thrive amid aloes and agaves in his Culver City garden.

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Magnolia liliiflora in my sister’s Ohio garden via Instagram

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Magnolia liliiflora in my sister’s Ohio garden

Magnolia liliiflora in my sister’s Ohio garden via Instagram

During a recent visit back to Ohio I caught the end of the Spring bloom in my sister’s garden.

 She inherited this old garden from the original owners of the home. It had declined a bit with lots of brambles and saplings but she is quickly restoring it. I’ll have to visit earlier in the year sometime to see the full extent of all its blooming trees. 

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Watsonia in the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Garden via Instagram

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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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