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Garden Alphabet: Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile)

Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile) Agapanthus /ˌæɡəˈpænθəs/[2] is the only genus in the subfamily Agapanthoideae of the flowering plant family Amaryllidaceae.[3] The family is in the monocot order Asparagales. The name is derived from scientific Greek: αγάπη (agape) = love, άνθος (anthos) = flower. Some species of Agapanthus are commonly known as lily of the […]

Garden Alphabet: Common Ice Plant (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum)

Common Ice Plant (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum) Mesembryanthemum crystallinum is a prostrate succulent plant native to Africa, Sinai and southern Europe, and naturalized in North America, South America and Australia.[1] The plant is covered with large, glistening bladder cells or water vesicles, reflected in its common names of common ice plant, crystalline iceplant or ice plant.[1] The bladder cells are enlarged epidermal cells. The main function of these bladder cells is to reserve water.[2] It […]

Free Yellow Gazania Computer and Smartphone Wallpapers for June 2015

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: Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum   Epiphyllum (pron.: /ˌɛpɨˈfɪləm/;[2] “upon the leaf” in Greek) is a genus of 19 species of epiphytic plants in the cactus family (Cactaceae), native to Central America. Common names for these species include orchid cacti and leaf cacti, though the latter also refers to the genus Pereskia.  The stems are broad and flat, 1–5 […]

Free Small, Yellow, Sunflower Computer and Smartphone Wallpapers for May 2015

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: Oleander (Nerium)

Oleander (Nerium)   Nerium oleander /ˈnɪəriəm ˈoʊliː.ændər/[3] is an evergreen shrub or small tree in the dogbane family Apocynaceae, potentially toxic in all its parts. It is the only species currently classified in the genus Nerium. It is most commonly known as oleander, from its superficial resemblance to the unrelated olive Olea.[Note 1] It is so widely cultivated that no precise region of origin has been identified, though […]

Free Purple Explosion Computer and Smartphone Wallpapers for April 2015

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 […]

Free Gerbera Daisy Computer and Smartphone Wallpapers for March 2015

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: Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) Another in what I classify as the “alien” plants that grow here in Southern California. They do look so other-worldly, exotic and fascinating. We see a lot of strelitzia in the landscapes here in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, including a “giant” form that grows to the size of […]

Garden Alphabet: Basil

Basil Few things are as important in western cooking a basil. With a Sicilian-American wife to feed — and as an Italian food lover myself — we are always struggling to keep enough fresh basil growing to meet all of out culinary needs. I had pretty good success with basil over the last year, but […]