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Bee on Lavender in Slow Motion – Seeing Differently #9 from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video]

Seeing Differently: A series from A Gardener’s Notebook

The next in a series of slow-motion and time-lapse videos.

 

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Garden Decor: Niteangel Natural Insect Hotel Bee Bug House/Hotel

Niteangel Natural Insect Hotel Bee Bug House/Hotel

While my local Carpenter Bees love to use the old stumps around my yard on their own, I don’t think it can hurt to give them — and other solitary bees — nice place to nest and raise their young. Anything that brings more pollinators to the garden is a good thing, I think, and it’s pretty, too!

Further Reading:

Befriend bees — Bees, so important to our gardens, are in trouble. Here’s how to help them in your own backyard from Sunset Magazine

Garden Decor: Niteangel Natural Insect Hotel Bee Bug House/Hotel

 

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Flowering Now: Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea)

Flowering Now: Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea)

This plant is so common in landscaping here in Southern California that most people probably don’t even notice it anymore. These were so bright, so eye-catching that I had to stop and take a photo. They are simple and everywhere but that doesn’t mean they aren’t beautiful, too.

They can be grown as individual clumps or as border edging. Make sure you don’t mind the smell of garlic, though, or you  might not want this in your garden. The leaves and flowers are edible and make a nice addition to salads, if your tastes lean that way.

Society garlic

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

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Tulbaghia violacea, also known as society garlic or pink agapanthus, is a species of flowering plant in the onion family Alliaceae, indigenous to southern Africa (KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Province), and reportedly naturalized in Tanzania and Mexico.[1

Growing to 60 cm (24 in) tall by 25 cm (10 in) wide, it is a clump-forming perennial with narrow leaves and large clusters of fragrant, violet flowers from midsummer to autumn (fall).[2][3]

 

When grown as an ornamental, this plant requires some protection from winter frosts. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit.[4] — Wikipedia.org

More information on Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea)):

 
 

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Spur of the Moment Periscope Live Stream from A Gardener’s Notebook (23 mins) [Video]

Spur of the Moment Periscope Live Stream from A Gardener’s Notebook (23 mins)

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Bee takes a drink – A Minute in the Garden 24 from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video]

A Minute in the Garden: A series from A Gardener’s Notebook

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Lavender and Bees - A Minute in the Garden 23 from A Gardener's Notebook

 

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In the garden…August 8. 2015 – Getting something for nothing [Video]

In the garden…August 8. 2015 – Getting something for nothing

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  • Showing all the plants I have made through cuttings, seeds and gifts from friends.
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In the garden...August 8. 2015 - Getting something for nothing [Video]

 

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