Lake Balboa Cherry Trees Bloom 2010

I only had a few minutes to drive through the park, but here are 3 photos of this year’s Japanese Cherry Tree bloom at Lake Balboa [Map]. This park is in the Sepulveda Basin, near the corner of Balboa and Victory. Each Spring the cherry trees explode with color for just a few weeks.

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I Like This – March 18, 2010

Bees are swarming and being captured all over Los Angeles (with video)

A recent blog post at the BackWards Beekeeping site included some photos and this video about capturing a recent swarm.

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Event: Urban Beekeeping 101 – June 5, 2010

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Seen on the Backwards Beekeepers site

Urban Beekeeping 101
Hosted by sustainablesilverlake.org
at the Silver Lake Library
Saturday June 5, 2010 @ 11AM

Talk with Q&A by Kirk Anderson and Leonardo Chalupowicz

Kirk Anderson, a local master beekeeper, and Leonardo Chalupowicz, a local green architect and amateur beekeeper, will outline a brief history of bees and beekeeping and the fundamentals of beekeeping in an urban setting. They will explore the basic equipment and techniques, how to do it the bee’s way versus the commercial way, and colony collapse disorder.

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Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for March 2010

Here are a few things blooming in my garden today.

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Garden Blooms March 15, 2010 - 9 Garden Blooms March 15, 2010 - 8

Garden Blooms March 15, 2010 - 6 Garden Blooms March 15, 2010 - 5

Garden Blooms March 15, 2010 - 4 Garden Blooms March 15, 2010 - 3

(From Top to bottom, L-R: Cyclamen, Azalea, Azalea, Azalea, Lantana, Azalea)

I Like This – March 11, 2010

Interested in a gardening/nature/outdoors unconference?

IMG_0180My past experiences with unconferences like BarCampLA, PodCampAZ and my own CareerCampLA started me thinking about some sort of gardening/nature/outdoors unconfererence here in the Los Angeles area (or elsewhere). I am totally sold on the concept of unconferences and their ability to facilitate sharing the knowledge we all have with each other and the world.

For a gardening unconference, I could see presentations by attendees on their own special and specific interests like roses, vegetables, sub-irrigated planters, and a host of other topics. For a nature or outdoor conference, I would be interested in bringing in interested individuals as well as groups dedicated to endangered species, habitat preservation, hiking and more.

Any interest in an unconference like this here in the Los Angeles area? Leave your questions and comments on this blog post using the Comments like above or below this post.

I Like This – February 25, 2010

Event: Tomatomania 2010

Tomatomania is coming again to Encino, California and other locations both east and west. Check out the web site for complete information.

From the Tomatomania web site…

One of Los Angeles’ oldest garden traditions meets one of its newest sensations as Tapia Brothers Farm Stand hosts the largest of the TOMATOMANIA! seedling sales.

To get there drive north on the Ventura Freeway (101N), pass the 405 fwy and exit at HAYVENHURST. Turn right at the stop, then make a quick left into the very busy parking lot.

If you’re driving south on the 101 exit at BALBOA, turn left at the stoplight, go under the freeway and then turn right on BURBANK BLVD. Turn right on HAYVENHURST and right again into the parking lot.

We’ll be open from open 9-5 all three days and there’s plenty of parking available. How many seedlings do you need? We’ll have almost 300 tomato varieties and everything you’ll need to have the most successful tomato season ever!

Wear your TOMATOMANIA! t-shirt and get 10% off your purchase!

March 26 – 28

Tapia Brothers’ Farm Stand
5251 Hayvenhurst Ave.
Encino, CA 91436
818.905.6155

Here is a video from an earlier Tomatomania event.

If you can’t see the video, click here to watch it on YouTube

I Like This – February 18, 2010