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Befriend Bees via Sunset: Garden

Before a flower can set seed or form fruit, it needs to be pollinated. Though some plants are pollinated by bats, birds, butterflies, moths, and wasps, most of the work is done by bees. Bees are in serious trouble, though. Their numbers are in sharp decline, mainly because of shrinking habitat. Fortunately, bees have some […]

Garden Decor: Today’s Coffee Break Reading at Farm Table via Instagram

Today’s Coffee Break Reading at Farm Table I walked to the library to pick up this book and grab a coffee this afternoon. Farm Table provides a nice place to grab an Americano and snack on the way back (They have some nice full meals, too)   Join the conversation on A Gardener’s Notebook on […]

In the garden…September 16, 2017: Black Satin Blackberry (Rubus Ursinus) [Video] (1:35)

In the garden…September 16, 2017: Black Satin Blackberry (Rubus Ursinus) In this episode: A look at our young blackberry plant which is spinning off a few fruit even in its first year of being planted. This blackberry fruits on each year’s canes, so these canes will be removed and the new growth will fruit next […]

Garden Alphabet #90: B is for…Blackberry

Garden Alphabet #90: Blackberry Monrovia Black Satin Blackberry in my garden today. The blackberry is an edible fruit produced by many species in the Rubus genus in the Rosaceae family, hybrids among these species within the Rubus subgenus, and hybrids between the Rubus and Idaeobatus subgenera. The taxonomy of the blackberries has historically been confused […]

7 Excellent Screening Hedges/Trees from Garden of Eva

I see so many bad hedging choices made here in Los Angeles, so when our new neighbors wanted to plant a hedge, I found this article on non-traditions and perhaps better choices. — Douglas Ficus Nitida and Ficus Benjamina are not the solution. Whenever a client asks about installing a hedge they’re usually thinking of planting […]

Echeveria setosa – Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society Festival 2017 [Video] (0:28)

A scene from the annual Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society Annual Drought Tolerant Plant Festival See more videos from A Gardener’s Notebook on YouTube   Music: “Night Dreams” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs ** Many of these books may be […]

Cactus 2 – Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society Festival 2017 [Video] (0:28)

A scene from the annual Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society Annual Drought Tolerant Plant Festival See more videos from A Gardener’s Notebook on YouTube   Music: “Night Music” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs ** Many of these books may be […]

Flowering Now: Sunflowers (Helianthus)

Flowering Now: Sunflowers (Helianthus) Flowering today (Tuesday, July 18, 2017)  in the neighborhood. I love sunflowers, but I don’t have enough open space in the sun to get a huge show like our neighbor. At least I can enjoy these during my neighborhood walks, though. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook Via Instagram Helianthus or sunflowers (from […]

Interesting Plant: Wallaces Pitcher Plant (Lepechinia fragrans)

Interesting Plant: Wallaces Pitcher Plant (Lepechinia fragrans) By Stan Shebs, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link What are your thoughts on this Interesting Plant? Drop a note in the comments!  Lepechinia fragrans is endemic to California. It is found in open areas in chaparral, in dry ravines, on rocky slopes and ridgetops, between 60 and 1100 meters. It is known in the […]

Cactus – Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society Festival 2017 [Video] (0:30)

A scene from the annual Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society Annual Drought Tolerant Plant Festival See more videos from A Gardener’s Notebook on YouTube   * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs ** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out! Help Support A […]