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A Trip to Descanso Gardens [200 Photos]

We took advantage of the long President’s Day weekend to visit nearby Descanso Gardens, where we hadn’t been in several years. The camellias were in exuberant bloom and there were lots of other photo opportunities, too. Here is a slide show of our day. Click any photo to visit the full resolution image on Flickr. […]

In the garden…January 15, 2016: Bulbs everywhere [Video] (7:00)

In the garden…January 15, 2016: Bulbs everywhere  In this episode: Intro El Niño Rains finally cause bulbs to sprout Leucojum (snowflakes) Paperwhites Freesias Camellia blossoms Lemon Tree Garden and flower photography products available from http://DouglasEWelch.com/buy   Buy my garden photography on a variety of products directly from RedBubble Help Support A Gardener’ Notebook! Buy Garden and […]

Garden Alphabet: Calliandra

Garden Alphabet: Calliandra The genus comprises herbaceous perennial plants, shrubs and rarely small trees growing 0.5–6 m tall, with bipinnate leaves. The flowers are produced in cylindrical or globose inflorescences and have numerous long slender stamens which give rise to the common names powder-puff, powder puff plant, and fairy duster. These plants flower all year round, but the best blooming is in spring and summer. They can be easily pruned. — Wikipedia Get my photos […]

Garden Alphabet: Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)

Garden Alphabet: Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) The genus is named after the Italian nobleman Filippo degli Albizzi, who introduced it to Europe in the mid-18th century, and it is sometimes incorrectly spelled Albizzia. The specific epithet julibrissin is a corruption of the Persian word gul-i abrisham (گل ابریشم) which means “silk flower” (from gul گل “flower” + abrisham ابریشم “silk“). Albizia julibrissin is known by a wide variety of common […]

Sunset on the grass Computer, Tablet and Smartphone Wallpapers [Photo]

Here is a selection of free wallpapers for your computer desktop or smartphone. Click to load full-sized image, then right-click and select Save Image As… to download them to your own computer. On your smartphone, click the image to see the full-sized image, tap and hold, then select Save to Camera Roll. You can then […]

Garden Alphabet: Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea)

Garden Alphabet: Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) Sarcodes is a monotypic genus of a single springtime flowering plant in the heath family (Ericaceae) containing the single species Sarcodes sanguinea, commonly called the snow plant or snow flower. It is a parasitic plant that derives sustenance and nutrients from mycorrhizal fungi that attach to roots of trees. Lacking chlorophyll, it is unable to photosynthesize.[1] Ectomycorrhizal (EM) symbioses involve a mutualism between a […]

Garden Alphabet: Sempervivum [Photo]

Garden Alphabet: Sempervivum Sempervivum /sɛmpəˈvaɪvəm/,[1] is a genus of about 40 species of flowering plants in the Crassulaceae family, known as houseleeks. Other common names include liveforever and hen and chicks. They are succulent perennials forming mats composed of tufted leaves in rosettes. In favourable conditions they spread rapidly via offsets, and several species are valued in cultivation as groundcover for dry, sunny spots.[2] The name Sempervivum has its origin in the Latin semper (“always”) and vivus (“living”), because this […]

Pink Dahlia Computer, Tablet and Smartphone Wallpapers [Photo]

Here is a selection of free wallpapers for your computer desktop or smartphone. Click to load full-sized image, then right-click and select Save Image As… to download them to your own computer. On your smartphone, click the image to see the full-sized image, tap and hold, then select Save to Camera Roll. You can then […]

Garden Alphabet: Hosta

Garden Alphabet: Hosta Hosta (/ˈhɒstə/,[5] syn. Funkia) is a genus of plants commonly known as hostas, plantain lilies (particularly in Britain) and occasionally by the Japanese name giboshi. Hostas are widely cultivated as shade-tolerant foliage plants. The genus is currently placed in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae,[6] and is native to northeast Asia (China, Japan, Korea, and the Russian Far East).[4] Like many “lilioid monocots“, the genus was once classified in the Liliaceae. The genus […]

Garden Alphabet: Hollyhock (Alcea)

Garden Alphabet: Hollyhock (Alcea)   Hollyhock (Alcea)  Alcea, commonly known as hollyhocks, is a genus of about 60 species of flowering plants in the mallow family Malvaceae.[1] They are native to Asia and Europe.[1] Hollyhocks are annual, biennial, or perennial plants usually taking an erect, unbranched form. The herbage usually has a coating of star-shaped hairs. The leaf blades are often lobed or toothed, […]