Video: Frieda’s Garden on Fullerton Beautiful’s 2013 Garden Tour (17 videos)

Frieda, from Frieda’s Garden on YouTube has just posted a host of videos from her day at Fullerton Beautiful’s 2013 Garden Tour. I am working my way through the videos, but what I have seen so far looks quite amazing. Join Frieda as she tours some of the finest gardens Orange County, California has to offer.

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Interesting Plant: Sedum sarmentosum

Interesting Plant: Sedum sarmentosum


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Interesting Plant: Sedum sarmentosum

Sedum is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Crassulaceae, members of which are commonly known as stonecrops. It contains around 400 species of leaf succulents that are found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, varying from annual and creeping herbs to shrubs. The plants have water-storing leaves. The flowers usually have five petals, seldom four or six. There are typically twice as many stamens as petals. —

I am increasingly looking for ground covers that can tolerate the dry shade in the woodland area of the garden, so when I saw this sedum I knew I needed to get more information. It is rare for a plant to grow in both full sun and shade, but my reading seems to show that this does. I assume it will be slower growing in the shade though, but I don’t care about speed of cover as much as ability to survive in a relatively harsh environment.

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Video: Container Garden Update 25: Lemon Thyme, frugal lettuce fail and make-do potting bench

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I plant some lemon thyme we picked up at the Southern California Spring Garden Show, we check on the frugal lettuce and see why it failed and I fix up my make-do potting bench in the back yard.

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Garden Inventory: Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)

 Garden Inventory: Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)

Ulmus parvifolia, commonly known as the Chinese Elm[1] or Lacebark Elm, is a species native to China, Japan, North Korea and Vietnam.[2] It has been described as “one of the most splendid elms, having the poise of a graceful Nothofagus”.[3] 

A small to medium deciduous, semi-deciduous (rarely semi-evergreen) tree growing to 10–18 m (30–60 ft) tall with a slender trunk and crown. The leathery, lustrous green single-toothed leaves are small, 2–5 cm long by 1–3 cm broad, and often retained as late as December or even January in Europe and North America. The apetalous wind-pollinated perfect flowers are produced in early autumn, small and inconspicuous. The fruit is a samara, elliptic to ovate-elliptic, 10–13 mm long by 6–8 mm broad.[2] The samara is mostly glabrous, the seed at the centre or toward the apex, borne on a stalk 1–3 mm in length; it matures rapidly and disperses by late autumn. The trunk has a handsome, flaking bark of mottled greys with tans and reds, giving rise to its other common name, the Lacebark Elm, although scarring from major branch loss can lead to large canker-like wounds —

This tree dominates our front garden and, if left un-pruned long enough, can obscure the entire front of the house with it s large, heavily leaved and somewhat weeping limbs. We let it go far too long and just recently had it pruned back. Each time we have it pruned, I am reminded of how much I like it. The particular specimen was badly abused when we moved in 16 years ago, being nothing much more than a large trunk and nothing else. Luckily, after many years of proper pruning I think it looks like an elm once again. It has a nice habit and is truly a showpiece in the garden.

Chinese elm are a common “street tree” here in the San Fernando Valley, but I think it might be possible that are a few American Elms scattered about. I have noticed trees with similar stems and leaves, but with a completely different bark and it had been confusing my identification. Now I am going to go back to those tress and see if, perhaps, they are the American Elm.

Other than regular pruning, our elm requires almost no other care, which makes it a great tree for my garden. 

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Photos of Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) with closeups of  leaves,  bark, and growing habit.

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Garden Inventory is a series where I begin an inventory of all the plants and trees in my garden. Along with some of my own pictures, I will link to various sources of information about each plant and tree so we can learn a little more together.

I would also like to highlight your special plants and tress. Pass along your favorite plants in the comments and I will use them for future Garden Inventory posts. — Douglas

Video: Scenes from the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2013

A montage of scenes from the Southern California Spring Garden Show in Costa Mesa, California. For links and all my still pictures from the show, visit this post, “Photos: Southern California Spring Garden Show 2013.

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Photos: Southern California Spring Garden Show 2013

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Here are my photos from yesterday trip to the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2013 in Costa Mesa, California.

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Garden Alphabet: Orchid from the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2013

Garden Alphabet: Orchid from the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2013

Garden alphabet orchid

Today’s photo comes from our visit to the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2013 in Costa Mesa, CA. The show runs through Sunday, so you still have a chance to make it to the show. As usual, there were tons of plants on display including large collections of orchids of all shapes and sizes. The shocking contrast of this purply-pink, white and black grabbed my eye as I walked past. Orchids, in general, are amazing plants, looking more like an alien species than something to be found here on Earth.

I’ll have a lot more photos from the Garden Show up soon and I will be highlighting them here on A Gardener’s Notebook in the coming days and weeks.


The Orchidaceae are a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants with colorful and fragrant blooms, commonly known as the orchid family. Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants, with between 21,950 and 26,049 currently accepted species, found in 880 genera.[1][2]

Selecting which of the two families is larger is still under debate, as concrete numbers on such enormous families are constantly in flux. Regardless, the number of orchid species equals more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species. The family also encompasses about 6–11% of all seed plants.[3] The largest genera are Bulbophyllum (2,000 species), Epidendrum (1,500 species), Dendrobium (1,400 species) and Pleurothallis (1,000 species).

The family also includes Vanilla (the genus of the vanilla plant), Orchis (type genus), and many commonly cultivated plants such as Phalaenopsis and Cattleya. Moreover, since the introduction of tropical species in the 19th century, horticulturists have produced more than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars.–

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Garden History: “The Appletrees,” Henry Eugene Coe house, Southampton, New York

Many old gardens — even impressive ones like this — understood the need for a porch…and a great view from that porch. Here the homey back porch looks out on a somewhat formal garden design. The boxwood hedges are neatly clipped, but the flowers inside seem exuberant and ready to break out of their confines given half a chance.

This garden also sported something many of us dream of today…a view to the surrounding countryside. This upstate New York location reminds me of the childhood in Ohio. The land is flat, but the view is broken by fence rows, wood lots and streams, which help to provide visual interest.

Here in Los Angeles, nearly every houses hemmed in by fences and walls so gaining any sort of “view” from your garden is difficult, if not impossible. Even large gardens such as this look inward, not outward. Hillside homes can gain some sort of view, but the real estate in these areas is out of reach financially for most.

["The Appletrees," Henry Eugene Coe house, Southampton, New York. (LOC) 

“The Appletrees,” Henry Eugene Coe house, Southampton, New York. (LOC)

Johnston, Frances Benjamin,, 1864-1952,, photographer.

[“The Appletrees,” Henry Eugene Coe house, Southampton, New York. View from porch]


1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in.

Site History. House architecture: 19th century farmhouse with additions. Associated Name: Eva Johnston (Mrs. Henry E.) Coe.
On slide (handwritten): “C,” “Coe, Mrs. H.E., Southampton,” and no. “353”(?) Also, gold star sticker and blue star sticker.
Photographed when Frances Benjamin Johnston and Mattie Edwards Hewitt worked together.
Title, date, and subject information provided by Sam Watters, 2011.
Forms part of: Garden and historic house lecture series in the Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection (Library of Congress).
Published in Gardens for a Beautiful America / Sam Watters. New York: Acanthus Press, 2012. Frontispiece plate for Gardens of the East.

Gardens–New York (State)–Southampton–1910-1920.
Flowers–New York (State)–Southampton–1910-1920.
Porches–New York (State)–Southampton–1910-1920.

Format: Lantern slides–Hand-colored–1910-1920.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-J717-X100- 65

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Video: In the garden…April 24, 2013 – Potato blight(?), black spot and some beautiful brunsfelsia

“In the garden…” is a series for A Gardener’s Notebook highlighting what is happening in my garden, my friend’s gardens and California gardens throughout the seasons.

Is that blight on those potatoes? Geez, I hope not. I do know that is black spot on the roses, though. Still, the brunfelsia (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) is looking lovely, as is the clytostoma vine. A mixed bag in today’s update, but isn’t that always the case with any garden.


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