Rhaphiolepis Flowers and Berries via My Instagram

Rhaphiolepis Flowers and Berries via My Instagram

Rhaphiolepis Flowers and Berries

In the garden this week

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Calla Lily Flower (Color) via My Instagram

Calla Lily Flower (Color) via My Instagram

Calla Lily Flower (Color)

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Lady Banks’ Rose (Rosa banksiae) via My Instagram — See all my photos there!

Lady Banks’ Rose (Rosa banksiae) via My Instagram -- See all my photos there!

Lady Banks’ Rose (Rosa banksiae)

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In the garden…March 17, 2018: Planting Pumpkins? from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video] (1:34)

Part of a series from A Gardener’s Notebook

From leftover pumpkin to new pumpkin plants. One more getting something from nothing in the garden.

In the garden...March 17, 2018: Planting Pumpkins? from A Gardener's Notebook [Video] (1:34)

Music: Carefree by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License

 

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Local Event: Native Plant Celebration & Symposium, Wildflower Show & Plant Sale – April 7, 2018

Local Event: Native Plant Celebration & Symposium, Wildflower Show & Plant Sale - April 7, 2018

Native Plant Celebration & Symposium, Wildflower Show & Plant Sale

Saturday, April 7, 2018 – 9am-4pm

Sepulveda Garden Center
16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino, CA 91436

The annual Wildflower Show of the Los Angeles / Santa Monica Mountains chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is scheduled for April 7, 2018 at the Sepulveda Garden Center in conjunction with a simultaneous Native Plant Celebration & Symposium, plant and book sale. The Symposium will feature speakers throughout the day. Plants for sale will be available courtesy of our Symposium partner, the Theodore Payne Foundation. We welcome California native wildflower cuttings from your home gardens.

For a list of speakers and more information, visit the California Native Plant Society Website

Event: Tomatomania is coming to San Fernando Valley – March 16-18, 2018 – Tapia Bros.

Event: Tomatomania is coming to San Fernando Valley - March 16-18, 2018 - Tapia Bros.

Event: Tomatomania is coming to San Fernando Valley - March 16-18, 2018 - Tapia Bros.

March 16-18, 2018

Tapia Brothers Farm Stand
5251 Hayvenhurst Ave, Encino, CA 91436
9am – 5pm all three days

(818) 905-6155

Event: Tomatomania is coming to San Fernando Valley - March 16-18, 2018 - Tapia Bros.

It’s the Whopper. The Big Kahuna, The T-Rex of tomato sales!

One of Los Angeles’ oldest garden traditions meets one of its newest sensations as Tapia Brothers Farm Stand again hosts the largest of the TOMATOMANIA! seedling sales. We’ll showcase almost 300 tomato varieties (yes, you read that right) and offer everything you’ll need to have the most successful tomato season ever.

A new twist this year: we will add some short classes and include expert guest appearances to offer you more garden thoughts and expertise! Don’t miss them.

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Watch a video interview I did with founder Scott Diagre back in 2011

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Tomatoes in March?! via My Instagram

Tomatoes in March?! via My Instagram

Tomatoes in March?!

Spotted in a friend’s garden this week. It’s not even Spring yet, but growing in Southern California is weird. 

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Sweet pea flowers In the neighborhood via my Instagram

Sweet pea flowers In the neighborhood via y Instagram

Sweet pea flowers In the neighborhood

Glorious sweet peas blooming strongly in my friend’s front garden. 

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Strawberries via My instagram

Strawberries via My instagram

Strawberries

Strawberries are quickly ripening in the container garden. 

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Flowering Now: Daffodil

Flowering Now: Daffodil

Flowering Now: Daffodil

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Our recent rain (and a bit more last night) have caused then daffodils to burst forth. Even better, the temperatures have been cool enough that the blooms have hung around for a while. In hotter years, they often only get a day or two before fading. 


Narcissus /nɑːrˈsɪsəs/ is a genus of predominantly spring perennial plants in the Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis) family. Various common names including daffodil,[notes 1]daffadowndilly,[3] narcissus, and jonquil are used to describe all or some members of the genus. Narcissus has conspicuous flowers with six petal-like tepalssurmounted by a cup- or trumpet-shaped corona. The flowers are generally white or yellow (also orange or pink in garden varieties), with either uniform or contrasting coloured tepals and corona.

Narcissus were well known in ancient civilisation, both medicinally and botanically, but formally described by Linnaeus in his Species Plantarum (1753). The genus is generally considered to have about ten sections with approximately 50 species. The number of species has varied, depending on how they are classified, due to similarity between species and hybridization. The genus arose some time in the Late Oligocene to Early Miocene epochs, in the Iberian peninsula and adjacent areas of southwest Europe. The exact origin of the name Narcissus is unknown, but it is often linked to a Greek word for intoxicated (narcotic) and the myth of the youth of that name who fell in love with his own reflection. The English word “daffodil” appears to be derived from “asphodel“, with which it was commonly compared. — Wikipedia.org

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