On YouTube: Gardeners’ World 2017 – Episode 1 (HD)

I make time to watch Gardeners’ Word from the BBC any time I get the chance. They just started their 50th Season this week. One great segment they’ve added for this season is an interview with a major influence in gardening each episode. Garderners’ World is my brief respite from the “real world” each week. — Douglas

On YouTube: Gardeners' World 2017 - Episode 1 (HD)

Watch YouTube: Gardeners’ World 2017 – Episode 1 (HD)

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Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’ at the Nursery

Fatsia at the Nursery

Fatsia at the Nursery

This would look great in a shady corner of my garden, I think. The variegation has a lovely contrast against the deep shade. 

From Monterey Bay Nursery

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Bees at Work — A Minute in the Garden 57 from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video] (1:00)

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

Industrious bees work in the sun at Arlington Garden, Pasadena, California.

Bees at Work -- A Minute in the Garden 57 from A Gardener's Notebook

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Poppy

Poppy

Poppy

A poppy basks in the sun. 

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Noted: A Plant-Lover’s Guide to the 5 Best Greenhouses in the UK

I am always looking for new places to visit the next time I’m in the UK. This is another addition to the list! — Douglas
 
 
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Oriental Poppy

Oriental poppy

Oriental Poppy

A splash of red in the green garden. 

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Interesting Plant: Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana)

Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana)

I have always found it difficult to grow iris in my garden with its dark and dry shade, but perhaps a native iris might more easily cope with this environment, as long as find a way to give it more water.

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Iris douglasiana (Douglas iris) is a common wildflower of the coastal regions of Northern and Central California and southern Oregon in the United States. The Douglas Iris was first described by 19th century botanist David Douglas in Monterey, California. It grows mainly at lower elevations, below 100 meters (330 ft), though it is occasionally found at heights of up to 1,000 meters (3,300 ft). It is most common in grasslands near the coast; it is regarded as a noxious weed in pastures, because it forms clumps that inhibit other vegetation, and its leaves are bitter and unpalatable to cattle.

This is a typical beardless Iris of subgenus Limniris, series Californicae, growing from a rhizome that is typically under a centimeter in diameter. Its leaves are about 2 centimeters (0.79 in) wide. It flowers from April to June. Flowers are usually a purplish-blue, though occasionally white or yellow flowers are found. Two or three flowers are found on each stem, which is of variable height, ranging from 15–80 centimeters (5.9–31.5 in) tall.

Several varieties have been recognized, for example Iris douglasiana var. altissima (Jeps.) and Iris douglasiana var. oregonensis (R. C. Foster), but the species is highly variable and the varieties may not be well enough defined to be of much practical use. The Douglas Iris hybridizes freely with several other species; its natural hybrid with I. innominata has been designated as Iris ×thompsonii (R. C. Foster), and the garden hybrid with the same species as Iris ×aureonympha (E. H. English).

 

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit.[2]  — Wikipedia

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Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas

Lupine

Lupine

Lupine

Lupine flowers in Arlington Garden, Pasadena, CA 

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Yellow Tulips

Yellow Tulips

Yellow Tulips

More tulips, spotted at the grocery store nearby. They were so pretty I walked back as my wife checked out to grab this photo.

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Camellia in my garden

Camellia in my garden

Camellia in my garden

I found this camellia bloom in the the garden yesterday. I spotted it out the back window, its red shining out against the dark green leaves.

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