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May 2013

Video: In the garden…crow in the birdbath – May 31, 2013

The crows were having quite the party in the birdbath this morning. They are often in the neighborhood, but I usually don’t see them in the garden itself. Watch all the past “In the garden…” videos in this YouTube playlist  “Crows /kroʊ/ form the genus Corvus in the family Corvidae. Ranging in size from the […]

Garden History: Sunnie-Holme, Home of Annie Burr Jennings

Gardens are ephemeral things. Left to their own devices, they can quickly be subsumed by nature once again with natives and weeds running wild through the once-carefully managed beds. In this case, though, Sunnie-Holme was actually destroyed by its owner, who declared the that house and grounds should be removed when she died. Very little […]

Video: In the garden…May 29, 2013: Planting a pack of plants

“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 plant a pack of plants I bought at the local warehouse store. I know, I know, some might consider that cheating, but the price made it a good thing to check […]

In the neighborhood…Persimmons, pomegranates, figs and grapes

In the neighborhood…Persimmons, pomegranates, figs and grapes Spring has spring here in the neighborhood and in one 1.5 mile walk around the neighborhood we saw persimmons, pomegranates, figs and grapes setting fruit. We also saw apples and apricots, but that is for another post. (SMILE) Most people seem to envision citrus trees when thinking of […]

Interesting Plant: Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’

Interesting Plant: Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’ Interesting Plant: Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’ There are some plants that just look “alien” or painted or Photoshopped, but I have been assured — via many mentions in the coverage of the Chelsea Garden Show — that Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’ is indeed a real plant. It is quite amazing to see bloom with such […]

Video: Container Garden Update 29: At the potting bench with palm and locust

I spend some time at the potting bench today, checking on those things we planted previously and adding a few more, including a palm seed found in the neighborhood and a locust seedling from my own garden. Can’t see the video above? Watch “Container Garden Update 29” on YouTube  Watch the “Container Vegetable Garden” Playlist for […]

Event: Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society 13th Annual Show and Plant Sale and Drought Tolerant Plant Festival

Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society 13th Annual Show and Plant Sale and Drought Tolerant Plant Festival Saturday, June 8th 9am to 5pm (Lectures start at 10:00)Sunday, June 9th 9am to 4pm (Kids’ events start at 10:30) Learn how landscaping with drought tolerant plants can save money and water. The festival will include: • Interior Educational Displays […]

Chelsea Garden Show – Mentioned Plants – Day 5 – May 24, 2013

It’s was raining in Chelsea today, but the show continued with a ton of plants mentioned.   Dahlia ‘Tommy Keith’ Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ Geranium Rozanne – Plant of the Centenary Entry (9 of 10) 1993-2002 Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’  – Plant of the Centenary Entry (10 of 10) 2003-2012 Rhododendron macabeanum Picea glauca ‘Albertina Conica’ Pinus wallichiana Nepeta […]

Garden Alphabet: Japanese Cherry (Prunus serrulata)

Garden Alphabet: Japanese Cherry (Prunus serrulata) Very close by we have a manmade lake that is  surrounded with a heavy planting of Japanese Cherry Trees that put on quite a show each Spring. It reminds me greatly of photos of the cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, near the National Mall. I usually […]

Chelsea Garden Show – Mentioned Plants – Day 4 – May 23, 2013

Talk of sculpture, tons of native plants and more in this day’s coverage of the Chelsea Garden Show.    Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ – Plant of the Centenary Entry (7 of 10) 1973-1982 Heuchera villosa ‘Palace Purple’ – Plant of the Centenary Entry (8 of 10) 1983-1992 Iris ‘Petit Tigre’ Lupinus ‘Terracotta’  Geum rivale Allium schoenoprasnum (Chives) Geum […]