Noted: Edible Gardening Essentials: Watering Tips Worth Soaking Up (13 photos)

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Edible Gardening Essentials: Watering Tips Worth Soaking Up (13 photos)

Watering is essential for any landscape, but it’s at the top of the to-do list if you’re growing an edible garden. Most edibles require regular watering. If you live where summer rainstorms are common, Mother Nature might provide enough to keep everything happy. If you live in a dry climate, or are…

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Garden Alphabet: Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

This is such a ubiquitous landscape plant herein Los Angeles that no one really even notices it anymore. You see it everywhere, so you tend to see it nowhere. The best thing about it, though, is the lovely smell. It is perfect to plant along paths or outside windows as the scent is very pleasant and very heavy when in season.

Garden Alphabet: Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

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Trachelospermum jasminoides is a species of flowering plant in the family Apocynaceae, native to eastern and southeastern Asia (Japan, Korea, southern China and Vietnam).Common names include star jasmineConfederate jasmine and trader’s compass.[1][2]

Trachelospermum jasminoides is an evergreen woody liana growing to 10 feet (3.0 m) high. The leaves are opposite, oval to lanceolate, 2–10 cm long and 1-4.5 cm broad, with an entire margin and an acuminate apex.

The fragrant flowers are white, 1–2 cm diameter, with a tube-like corolla opening out into five petal-like lobes. The fruit is a slender follicle 10–25 cm long and 3–10 mm broad, containing numerous seeds.[1]

A valuable perfume oil is extracted from the steam distilled or tinctured flowers and used in high end perfumery. In a dilute form, tinctured flowers are much used in Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai incenses. A bast fibre is produced from the stems.[1] — Wikipedia

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Garden Decor: Hanging bottles for cut flowers

Hanging bottles for cut flowers

This cute hanging bottle vases could be great for a special party or even part of your every day garden design. I could see a row of these hanging on the patio so I could bring blooms over as the flower and have them immediately at hand throughout the day.

Hanging flower bottles vases

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Video: Flowering Now for May 20, 2014 from A Gardener’s Notebook

A few short scenes of what is flowering in the neighborhood this week. I plan on doing more of these in the coming weeks as each plant and tree goes through its seasonal changes.

Flowering Now fro May 20, 2014 from A Gardener's Notebook


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Flowering Now: Pink Hibiscus

This lovely pink hibiscus is blooming just up street from us. I love my yellow and orange hibiscus here in the garden, but the delicate pink coloration really shines in this variety.

Pink Hibiscus

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Hibiscus (/hɨˈbɪskəs/[2] or /hˈbɪskəs/[3]) is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperatesubtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known simply as hibiscus, or less widely known as rose mallow. The genus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, as well as woody shrubs and smalltrees. The generic name is derived from the Greek word ἱβίσκος (hibískos), which was the name Pedanius Dioscorides (ca. 40–90) gave to Althaea officinalis.[4] —

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Interesting Plant: Hydrangea ‘Zorro’

Hydrangea ‘Zorro’

I saw mention of this new variety during a recent Gardener’s World episode from the BBC. People are always looking for a hardy and disease free hydrangea. It will still do as many hydrangeas do and turn pink in the wrong soils, so make sure soil conditions are correct or treat the soil to maintain the blue coloration. Zorro is new this year, I believe, so it might be a bit difficult to locate, but will be worth researching for coming years.

Hydrangea zorro

“A newish form of Teller Blue Hydrangea with black stems. Produces deep blue lacecap flowers on acid soil just like ‘Blaumeisse’. The fertile flowers are pale blue, encircled by a small number of large four sepalled sterile florets. A strong robust plant which can also turn pink/mauve on neutral soil.

Position: They perform best when given a shady, cool moist root run and a sheltered aspect. Grow in acid soil/compost with hydrangea colourant for the most intense vivid blue blooms.

Maintenance: Little pruning required just simply thin out old stems and remove the dead flowers to a pair of plump green buds in late spring.” —  Ashwood Nurseries

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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

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. — Luther Burbank

Flowers always make people...

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.

– Luther Burbank

Garden Art: Etching of Tree from “An illustrated guide of Budapest” – British Library

This image comes from the British Library section of the Flickr Commons, a large and ever growing collection of art work and photos from museums and libraries around the world. 

This etching caught my eye as I scrolled through my RSS feeds today. I am subscribed to the feed that shows me new items as they are added to the collection. Click for the image, and library collection, on Flicker

Tree etching

Title: “An illustrated guide of Budapest … First annual edition”
Author: KAHN, Josef – of Budapest
Shelfmark: “British Library HMNTS”
Page: 131
Place of Publishing: Budapest
Date of Publishing: 1891
Issuance: monographic
Identifier: 001919790

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