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In the garden…October 25, 2016: Planting Garlic from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video] (2:33)

In the garden…October 25, 2016: Planting Garlic from A Gardener’s Notebook

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 I take a few minutes to get our garlic into its container home. We had some success with garlic last year, and I hope that getting it into the ground at the proper time will make it even better.

In the garden...October 25, 2016: Planting Garlic from A Gardener's Notebook

 

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Interesting Plant: Blackfruit Dogwood (Cornus sessilis)

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Hmmm, could I transplant a northern California native down to our hotter and dryer San Fernando Valley climate? Not sure, but it requires a bit more research, I think. I can offer more water down here, but the overwhelming heat of the summer might not be the best for it.

Blackfruit Dogwood (Cornus sessilis)

Blackfruit Dogwood (Cornus sessilis)

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Cornus sessilis is a species of dogwood known by the common names blackfruit cornelblackfruit dogwood, and miner’s dogwood. This is a shrub or small tree which is endemic tonorthern California, where it grows along streambanks in the CascadesSierra Nevada, and the coastal mountain ranges. It is a tree of the redwood understory in its native range. This dogwood may approach five meters in height at maximum. It is deciduous, bearing deeply veined oval green leaves in season which turn red before falling. Its inflorescence is a cluster of tiny greenish-yellow flowers surrounded by thick, pointed bracts. The fruit is a round drupe about a centimeter wide which is white when new and gradually turns shiny black. The fruit attracts many birds. — Wikipedia

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In the garden…October 19, 2016: Planting Bulbs from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video] (2:41)

In the garden…October 19, 2016: Planting Bulbs from A Gardener’s Notebook 

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  • Time for Fall planting of leucojum and paper whites in the garden before our Winter rains arrive

In the garden...October 19, 2016: Planting Bulbs from A Gardener's Notebook [Video] (2:41)

 

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Interesting Plant: California Spikenard and Elk Clover (Aralia californica)

Starting a series within a series, I will be highlighting shade plants that grow well underneath trees, especially California Live Oak. I have a deep shade area beneath many trees here in my own garden and i am constantly looking for plants that can help green this area. — Douglas


Yet another shady ground cover I could make use of here. My plant list is growing too long now. (LAUGH) While the back garden is shady and a bit dry, I have soaker hoses installed to provided a bit of specific moisture to the area. I could plant these near that system to give them the extra water they seem to want pretty easily.

California Spikenard and Elk Clover (Aralia californica)

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Aralia californica, known by the common name elk clover though not actually a clover, is a large herb in the family Araliaceae, the only member of the ginseng family native to Californiaand southwestern Oregon.[1] It is also called California aralia and California spikenard.

It is a deciduousherbaceousperennial plant growing to a height of 2–3 m on stems which are thick but not woody. The stems bear large green pinnately compound or tri-pinnately compound leaves 1–2 m long and 1 m broad, the leaflets 15–30 cm long and 7–15 cm broad. The leaflets are arranged opposite with an odd terminal leaflet. The greenish white flowers are produced in large compound racemes of umbels 30–45 cm in diameter at the stem apex; each flower is 2–3 mm in diameter, and matures to small (3–5 mm) dark purple or black fruit, each berry containing 3–5 seeds.

It is distributed throughout western and central California and into Oregon. It is more common in cooler, moister areas in northern California, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This plant is sometimes substituted for other species of its genus which are used as herbal remedies, such as American spikenard and Japanese spikenard. A preparation of the root has traditionally been used as an anti-inflammatory, douche, and cough suppressant. — Wikipedia

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Praying Mantis – A Minute in the Garden 47 from A Gardener’s Notebook [Video] (1:00)

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

A visitor in the garden yesterday

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Praying Mantis - A Minute in the Garden 47 from A Gardener's Notebook [Video] (1:00)

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