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March 2014

Photo: Fortnight Lily via #instagram

Previously in my Instagram Photos… Read more on this topic: In the garden this morning…the fortnight lily. (Dietes) Photo: Yellow Hibiscus via Instagram Photo: Strawberry Flower #garden #plant via Instagram Photo: Bewitched Rose 2011 via #instagram Photo: Pink wildflower via Instagram

Photo: Pink Hibiscus via #instagram

Previously in my Instagram Photos… Read more on this topic: Photo: Yellow Hibiscus via Instagram Photo: Pink wildflower via Instagram Photo: Strawberries #garden via Instagram Photo: Hollyhocks via Instagram Photo: Strawberry Flower #garden #plant via Instagram

Garden Decor: River Rock Pillar

River Rock Pillar Rock and stone hardscape in the garden always provides a great counterpoint to the soft and green plantings. This river rock pillar adds a rusted steel cage and a perfect setting for a container on top, too. The innovative use of individual stones instead of concrete gives it huge visual interest. This […]

Interesting Plant: Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)

Interesting Plant: Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) Growing up in rural Ohio, I was surrounded by maple trees of all shapes and sizes. There were the huge 100+ year old maples that overarched the main streets and also the large “sugar bush” lots where maple sap (and then maple syrup) remerged each Spring. When I moved to […]

Video: Lake Balboa Cherry Blossoms 2014 – A Video Montage

As I do each year, I took some time to visit nearby Lake Balboa Park today to see the Japanese Cherry trees that bloom around the lake each year. We are in a drought year, so the bloom is not as vibrant has it has been in the past, but there was still many blossoms to photograph […]

Photo: Cherry Blossoms in pseudo-watercolor

Created using the Waterlogue iOS app Read more on this topic: One Year Ago (2012): Cherry Blossoms at Balboa Park, Los Angeles, CA Photos: Cherry Blossoms at Lake Balboa, Los Angeles, CA Video: Magnolia grandiflora – a photo montage from A Gardener’s Notebook Free Garden Wallpaper for your smartphone – Cherry Blossoms Photo: Orange blossoms […]

Garden History: Every garden deserves a lovely garden gate – Wellington Stanley Morse House 1917

Every garden deserves a lovely garden gate and this one from 1917 California garden certainly fits the bill. Garden gates, in all their forms, give us a sense of enclosure while also inviting us inside for the beauty that might be found there. I find that in all my Internet travels garden gates and fences […]

Garden Decor: Driftwood Succulent Planter

Driftwood Succulent Planter While I love great uses of recycled materials for the garden, sometimes the old classics just shine out. This driftwood branch, converted into a succulent planter, is absolutely gorgeous. It is both simple and complex at the same time, if that is possible. I am wondering if I could try something like […]

Interesting Plant: Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)

Interesting Plant: Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa) A lovely specimen of Kousa Dogwood found on the grounds of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. Oberlin was founded in 1837 and is renowned as the the first US college to admit African-Americans and Women. Download your own Free Kousa Dogwood Computer and Smartphone Wallpapers Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)  The Kousa dogwood[1] (Cornus […]

Video: In the garden…March 16, 2014: Potatoes and chives and onions and flowers

Potatoes are going crazy, our 2 weeks of Spring is probably over and chives are flowering Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “Container Garden Update 19 – A failed container, worm castings and some new basil” Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle […]