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Event: Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society Annual Drought Tolerant Plant Festival – May 30 & 31, 2015, Encino

Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society Annual Drought Tolerant Plant Festival Sepulveda Garden Center 16633 Magnolia Boulevard Encino, CA 91316http://www.lacactus.com/lacss.contact@gmail.com Saturday, May 30th, 2015 9am to 5pm (Workshops start at 10:00am) Sunday, May 31st, 2015 9am to 4pm  (Kids’ events start at 10:30am)(Workshops start at 10:30am) Learn how landscaping with drought tolerant plants can save money […]

Noted: 10 Great US Gardens via Gardening Journal on Flipboard

10 Great US Gardens via Discovered via Flipboard Gardening Journal Link: 110 Great US Gardens via Discovered via Flipboard Gardening Journal Read more on this topic: Read A Gardener’s Notebook on Flipboard Moleskine Gardening Journal – Want, not need (SMILE) Noted: The Simple Secret to Gardening Success via Houzz A Garden Journal from A Gardener’s Notebook Noted: A Secret […]

Video: Brugmansia – A Minute in the Garden 12 from a Gardener’s Notebook

A Minute in the Garden: A series from A Gardener’s Notebook The next in a series of garden minutes. See all the videos in “A minute in the garden” series in this YouTube playlist   Purchase this photo and others on a variety of products from my portfolio More information on Brugmansia: Brugmansia on Wikipedia Brugmansia […]

Interesting Plant: Echeveria Agavoides

Echeveria Agavoides This variegated echeveria would look beautiful in nearly any water wise garden. The striking color of the leaves immediately grabs visual interest. Echeveria Agavoides Plants, Books and More at Amazon.com “Echeveria agavoides (red)” by Tangopaso – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Echeveria agavoides is a species of flowering plant in the Crassulaceae family, native to rocky areas of […]

Garden Alphabet: Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum   Epiphyllum (pron.: /ˌɛpɨˈfɪləm/;[2] “upon the leaf” in Greek) is a genus of 19 species of epiphytic plants in the cactus family (Cactaceae), native to Central America. Common names for these species include orchid cacti and leaf cacti, though the latter also refers to the genus Pereskia.  The stems are broad and flat, 1–5 […]

Interesting Plant: Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa)

Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa)  Today’s Interesting Plant comes from a friends garden. I was visiting Keri from the Animalbytes blog and came across this wonderful phlomis in her garden. It is quite a striking plant, while also being water wise and a great attractor for insects and hummingbirds. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook […]

Information tags from my Monrovia Plants I hope to install this weekend, once I get over this cold

Thanks to Monrovia for sponsoring this series of posts. The opinions stated here are my own.  I normally like to plant any new additions the moment I get them. I find that if I don’t get to it right away it is too easy to procrastinate  for even longer periods of time. Of course, a cold has knocked me […]

Event: Mushrooms and Fungi of the Santa Monica Mountains, Encino, March 10, 2015

Event: Mushrooms and Fungi of the Santa Monica Mountains with the California Native Plant Society March 10 · 7:30 – 9:00pm MUSHROOMS AND FUNGI OF THE  SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS Presenter: Florence Nishida What IS a mushroom anyway? Do we have any in Los Angeles? Where can I find some? These are some of the questions […]

Flowering Now: Freesia

Flowering Now: Freesia Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook We have two types of Freesia that arrive in the garden each Spring. They don’t get quite enough sun and so they are quite “floppy”, but they return every year like clockwork. This year they seem a bit perkier. We removed a pine tree that shaded […]

It’s Tomatomania Time Again! – March 20-22, 2015, Encino, CA

It’s that time of year again…time to get growing — and eventually eating — all that tomato-y goodness from your own garden. This year’s bi-coastal Tomatomania 2015 may be coming to an area near you. Check out all the info on their web site, Tomatomania.com.   Our own local event, here at Tapia Bros in […]