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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 […]

Free Pink Geranium Computer and Smartphone Wallpapers for January 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 […]

Interesting Plant: Echeveria ‘Lola’

Echeveria ‘Lola’ Discovered via Pinterest User Cheryl Northedge Echeveria ‘Lola’, possibly a hybrid of Echeveria lilacina, forms a sculpted rosette with a somewhat “rosebud” shape. Leaves are alabaster marble with a delicate blush of pinkish violet and tipped with rose. Rosette gives the impression of alabaster wax suffused with violet. Flowers are peach, bell-shaped and […]

Garden Alphabet: Geranium

Geranium This pot of geraniums was given to us as a housewarming present 18 years ago and continues to bloom constantly at the end of of our porch. I have repotted it a number of times and love the fact that it has been with us this long. I find myself always shooting photos of […]

Free Raindrops Computer and Smartphone Wallpapers for December 2014

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 […]

Interesting Plant: Hosta ‘Blue Shadows’

Hosta ‘Blue Shadows’ Photo: The Hosta Farm Blue Shadows is a slow growing medium sized hosta reaching a height of around 2 feet at maturity. Considered by many gardeners to be one the most elegant hostas ever introduced it has beautiful heart shaped blue-green leaves with very good substance. Leaves have very good substance with […]

Interesting Plant: Angelica stricta purpurea

Angelica stricta purpurea Discovered via Pinterest User Pasika Khernamnuoy My knees shook when I first discovered this rare & spectacular Angelica growing at the Mendocino Botanical Garden. Luckily, the kind folk who work there let us have some seed of this amazing treasure. Growing quickly to 4’ tall & 3’ across, its foliage is a beautiful, […]

Interesting Plant: Carex flagellifera ‘Toffee Twist’

Carex flagellifera ‘Toffee Twist’ Discovered via Pinterest User Betty Hawthorne Valued for its dramatic foliage display of slender, iridescent bronze leaves with an elegant sweeping, trailing habit. A great filler to add cool-season interest to perennial borders or as a groundcover. Well suited for containers. — Monrovia Carex flagellifera Toffee Twist is a zone 7 hardy […]

Interesting Plant: Sanguisorba

Sanguisorba Discovered via Pinterest User By C’mai Sanguisorba is a genus of flowering plants in the family Rosaceae native to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The common name is burnet. The plants are perennial herbs or small shrubs. The stems grow to 50-200 cm tall and have a cluster of basal leaves, with further leaves arranged alternately up the stem. The […]

Interesting Plant/Fungi: Sulphur Fungus (Laetiporus sulphureus)

Sulphur Fungus (Laetiporus sulphureus) Walking north into downtown Van Nuys I spotted this amazing example of a sulphur fungus growing in the crook of a tree. It was so brightly colored it almost look artificial. Such a fungus doesn’t bode well for the health of the tree as it is a sign of internal decay, […]