Photo: Lemon Blossoms

A few lemon blossoms in the garden today.

Lemon Blossoms

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Video: Container Carrot Update

Douglas gives a quick update on his container carrot project.


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Elsewhere: DIY garden concrete stepping stones

A cool and easy-to-make idea for stepping stones in  your garden. I think this method could be adapted to a whole host of ideas, too.


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Event: Bugs and Brews at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden – Thursdays through June 21

Bugs and Brews – May 24 – Jun 21

More information from the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden web site

Thursday Nights, May 24 through June 21, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Tickets: RSABG member $10, public $15

Admission includes one free pint of Dale Bros., beer.

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Local brothers Curt and Andy Dale bring their distinctively California beers to California’s native garden. Local musicians provide the soundtrack to the Garden and David Rogers’ BIG BUGS playful art exhibition. Learn fun facts about the Bug-of-the-Night and enjoy the Dale Bros., featured, handcrafted beer.

Enjoy the Garden while sipping suds and taking in the native beauty of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic. Ticketed guests receive free tasting samples and one free pint of featured beer provided by Dale Bros. Brewery and free light snacks; additional pint servings may be purchased for $5.

David Rogers’ BIG BUGS art exhibition includes 25-feet-long ants, a towering 18-foot praying mantis, a dragonfly with 17-foot wingspan.

This event is sponsored, in part by, Dale Bros. Brewery.

The fine print: 

  • Ticket price includes parking, evening admission, and complementary beer tasting. Additional full servings may be purchased. One free pint included with ticket price.
  • Gates open at 6 p.m.
  • Must be 21 or older to attend and must show proper identification. No exceptions. Children will not be admitted even if parent or guardian is present.
  • Purchase tickets at the admissions kiosk or charge by phone. No refunds or ticket exchanges. In the event of a weather-related event cancellation, tickets are valid for: 1) Entry to another Bugs and Brews evening or 2) one regular Garden Admission, valid one year from date of cancelled event (not valid for ticketed events). No outside food, beverage or alcohol may be brought into the Garden.

Photo: Orchid from Southern California Spring Garden Show 2012

A lovely orchid I spotted as I walked through the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2012 a few weeks ago. 


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See the complete set of photos from the Southern California Spring Garden Show.

Photo: In the neighborhood…20120605

A few shots from a walk around the neighborhood here in the San Fernando Valley.

Purple morning glory

Purple morning glory from the photo set

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My favorite shared garden items for May 2012

Here are my favorite shared items for May 2012.

Please let me know in the comments if you find any of these particularly useful. I’ll keep my eye open for similar items — Douglas

  1. Garden / Grow your own sweet potatoes
  2. Garden / Quick and easy gardening idea for new space just using topsoil bags for the first year
  3. Garden / David Perry Photographer
  4. Garden / A host of garden marker ideas
  5. Garden / Salad Table
  6. Garden / Pretty gem wind chime
  7. Garden / Pallet Recycling In Your Garden | Gardening Tips n Ideas
  8. Garden / Driftwood stick tree for the garden
  9. Garden / Cool Hunting Video Presents: California Carnivores by Cool Hunting.
  10. Garden / Cool recycled pallet planter box perfect for the farmhouse
  11. Garden / Kitchen Garden design, a winner in Italy — City Farmer News
  12. Garden / Heavy Petal  Handmade Garden Projects
  13. Garden / Studio G, Garden Design & Landscape Inspiration » Chelsea Flower Show 2012 – Cleve West’s Best in Show
  14. Garden / Creative gardening in small urban spaces
  15. Garden / Faucet Hooks | Buy from Gardener’s Supply
  16. Garden / Book – Handmade garden projects
  17. Garden / Mini green houses
  18. Garden / The Galloping Gardener: Gertrude Jekyll garden under restoration at Tylney Hall, Hampshire
  19. Garden / Our Little Acre: DIY – Pipe Dream Planter

Flower Drawing

I spent some time practicing with my Wacom tablet yesterday and came up with this cute flower drawing.


Video: What Douglas Dug… Show 002 – Podcast

Our second episode of What Douglas Dug…, our regular review show of neat gardening items I have found in my Internet travels. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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