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February 2013

Garden History: Paris Exposition: gardens, Paris, France, 1900

When I came across this photo, it immediately reminded me of my one and only visit to the city in 2000. With a 2 1/2 year old boy in tow as we made our way from London, to Paris, to Rome and then to visit family in Sicily, parks were a big part of our […]

Elsewhere: Let Nature Inspire Your Landscape: Ideas for a Woodland Garden from Houzz.com

Let Nature Inspire Your Landscape: Ideas for a Woodland Garden Read more on this topic: Elsewhere: Gardeners Champion Nature’s Cause in the City from Houzz.com Interesting articles from Houzz.com – Grasses, ornamental trees and raised beds Photos: Engaging Nature Design Garden at Southern California Spring Garden Show Elsewhere: Great article and examples of using astilbe […]

Garden Vocabulary: Fungus

This Garden Vocabulary series seeks to introduce and explain to you — and in many cases, myself — words and terms associated with gardening. Please let me know if  there are any terms you would like me to explore. You can leave your ideas in the comments section and we can learn together! Fungus A fungus (pron.: […]

Interesting Plant: Fritillaria imperialis Rubra Maxima

Interesting Plant: Fritillaria imperialis Rubra Maxima By Poco a poco (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons I love this frittillaria. It is so striking in both shape and color. I could imagine one of my triangular beds in the front garden filled with a mass of these, waving in the breeze. From White Flower Farm […]

Garden Inventory: Ash Tree (Fraxinus)

Garden Inventory is a series where I begin an inventory of all the plants and trees in my garden. Along with some of my own pictures, I will link to various sources of information about each plant and tree so we can learn a little more together. I would also like to highlight your special plants […]

Video: In the garden…Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage, California

“In the garden…” is a series for A Gardener’s Notebook highlighting what is happening in my garden, my friend’s gardens and California gardens throughout the seasons. I am out in the Palm Springs area on a project, any my sister took me to see the new Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage,CA. This was formerly the estate […]

Photos: Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Rancho Mirage, CA

I am out in the Palm Springs area on a project, any my sister took me to see the new Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage,CA. This was formerly the estate of publisher and former ambassador Walter and Leonore Annenberg. The grounds now feature this new visitor center and beautiful gardens which act as […]

Garden Alphabet: Magnolia x soulangeana (Saucer Magnolia/Tulip Tree)

Magnolia x soulangeana aka Tulip Tree or Saucer Magnolia is very popular here in the San Fernando Valley. I find myself passing these small trees almost everywhere I drive these days. Perhaps I am noticing them more, too, as this is the time of year when they call seem to bloom together. It is a […]

Garden History: Wisteria blooms in Davis Garden (Locust Valley, New York), 1930

Garden History draws on “The Commons” a collection of historical photos from institutions from around the world. According to Flickr: The Commons was launched on January 16 2008, when Flickr released our pilot project in partnership with The Library of Congress. Both Flickr and the Library were overwhelmed by the positive response to the project! […]

Video: In the garden…February 13, 2013 – Potatoes, onions, wisteria and lemon

“In the garden…” is a series for A Gardener’s Notebook highlighting what is happening in my garden, my friend’s gardens and California gardens throughout the seasons. Visiting friends today, I found myself sitting beside her beautiful backyard Koi Pond with my iPhone. Of course, I had to take some footage to share with you. After a few minutes […]