Video: Monarch Butterfly, Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, California, November 29, 2013 (Silent)

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Sunnylands butterfly

Closeup, silent, video of Monarch Butterfly captured at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California on November 29, 2013. 

See more video and photos from Sunnylands in this post, Video: Sunnylands, Up Close – Rancho Mirage, California

Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “In the garden…November 24, 2012 – Daffodils Part 2 of 3 – Only 25 more to go! 

Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle eBook. (You don’t need a Kindle to read it, though. Read it on your PC, Link: http://j.mp/fagnbook

 

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13 of My Favorite Garden Things for November 2013 – Douglas E. Welch

My Favorite Things 

As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas

Video: Sunnylands, Up Close – Rancho Mirage, California

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Sunnylands butterfly

 

We were out in the Palm Springs area visiting family as we usually do over the Thanksgiving holiday. The first time we visited Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, I concentrated on the overall picture of the gardens, with its geometric plantings of succulents. On this trip, I got up close and personal with the plants, exploring the small and subtle shapes and colors of the plants.

Watch the photo montage from my first visit here, In the garden…Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage, California 

The grounds now feature this new visitor center and beautiful gardens which act as the gateway to the tour of their home, a showpiece of modern architecture and host to American Presidents, foreign dignitaries and celebrities. The Center and Gardens are free to visit, while the tour of the home is $35 and available by appointment only.

Sunnylands Web Site

To see the high-resolution photos from this video, visit this Flickr Set

Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “In the garden…November 24, 2012 – Daffodils Part 2 of 3 – Only 25 more to go! 

Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle eBook. (You don’t need a Kindle to read it, though. Read it on your PC, Link: http://j.mp/fagnbook

 

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“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.

Photos: Camellia blooms for second time in 17 years

This camellia bush has always grown well, but this is only the second time in 17 years in this house that I have seen it bloom. Even more, it is blooming quite vigorously with many bloom and yet more buds to open. I think this is partially due to the more frequent water it has been receiving this year with the timer and soaker hoses in this bed.

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Cactus spines at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, CA

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Closeup of cactus spines. More Closeup and macro photos of this visit coming soon.

Video: In the garden…November 28, 2013: Desert Landscape, Coachella Valley

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Visiting family in the Palm Springs/Coachella Valley area, I took a walk about the neighborhood to capture some scenes of the desert landscape that surround the homes and gardens.

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Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “In the garden…November 14, 2012 – Tree Trimming Montage

Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle eBook. (You don’t need a Kindle to read it, though. Read it on your PC, Link: http://j.mp/fagnbook

 

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Music: ‘Hustle” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
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Interesting Plant: Firewheel Tree (Stenocarpus sinuatus)

Interesting Plant: Anemone

Stenocarpus

Discovered via Pinterest User, Growers Garden

Stenocarpus sinuatus, known as the Firewheel Tree is an Australian rainforest tree in the Protea family. The range of natural distribution is in various rainforest types from the Nambucca River (30° S) in New South Wales to theAtherton Tableland (17° S) in tropical Queensland. However, Stenocarpus sinuatus is widely planted as an ornamental tree in other parts of Australia and in different parts of the world.

Other common names include White Beefwood, Queensland Firewheel Tree, Tulip Flower, White Oak and White Silky Oak.

A medium to large tree, up to 40 metres tall and 75 cm in trunk diameter. The bark is greyish brown, not smooth and irregular. The base of the cylindrical trunk is flanged.

Leaves alternate and variable in shape, simple or pinnatifid, the leaf margins wavy. 12 to 20 cm long. Leaf venation is clearly seen above and below the leaf. Leaves are characteristic and easily identified as part of the Protea family.

The ornamental flowers are bright red in umbels, in a circular formation, hence the name Firewheel Tree. Flowers form mostly between February to March. The fruit is a follicle, in a boat shape, 5 to 10 cm long. Inside are many thin seeds 12 mm long. Fruit matures from January to July.

Regeneration from fresh seed occurs speedily. Cuttings also strike well. — Wikipedia.org 

More information on Stenocarpus sinuatus:

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Previously in the Interesting Plant series: 

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

Video: 250 YouTube Subscribers! Thank You All!

This week I reached 250 subscribers on my YouTube Channel, a big milestone, and I made this short video to thank everyone.

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Gift Guide 2013: Sunset Western Garden Book 2012

Sunset Western Garden Book 2012

This is a perennial regular in the gift guide and this is a new edition for 2012. I still find it an excellent reference guide specifically designed for western gardeners, like myself. A big book and a useful one. Great for identifying and investigating the plants in your garden. Contains info on care, feeding and planting. I have written about the Sunset Western Garden Book in the past and always consider it my go-to guide for gardening info. The great news is that there is now a new edition of the book available. My own copy is a bit old now, probably from around 1996, so it might just be time to upgrade. Of course, the danger is I will go “down the rabbit hole” and spend more time reading about gardening than doing it. (LAUGH)

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Video: First Paperwhites 2013 (Narcissus papyraceus) Photo Montage

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The first papewhites (Narcissus papyraceus) of 2013 here in the Welch garden.

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Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “What Douglas Dug… Show 007 – Cheap cold frame, garden sculpture and more!

Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle eBook. (You don’t need a Kindle to read it, though. Read it on your PC, Link: http://j.mp/fagnbook

 

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