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Interesting Plant: Firewheel Tree (Stenocarpus sinuatus)

Interesting Plant: Anemone Discovered via Pinterest User, Growers Garden Stenocarpus sinuatus, known as the Firewheel Tree is an Australian rainforest tree in the Protea family. The range of natural distribution is in various rainforest types from the Nambucca River (30° S) in New South Wales to theAtherton Tableland (17° S) in tropical Queensland. However, Stenocarpus sinuatus is widely planted as an ornamental tree in other parts of Australia and in […]

Interesting Plant: Anemone

Interesting Plant: Anemone Discovered via Pinterest User, Gina Marino †☠Mystical Enchantments☠† Anemone /əˈnɛməniː/, is a genus of about 120 species of flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae, native to thetemperate zones. It is closely related to Pulsatilla (‘Pasque flower’) and Hepatica; some botanists include both of these genera within Anemone. Anemone are perennials that have basal leaves with long leaf-stems that can be upright or prostrate. Leaves are simple or compound with lobed, […]

13 of My Favorite Gardening Things for October 2013 – Douglas E. Welch

  As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas Garden / Kevin West’s Saving the Season Garden / 10 Best Trees and Shrubs for Fall Color Garden / Let the bulb planting start! Garden / 10 Ways to Clean Your […]

Video: Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) – Van Nuys, CA – September 26, 2013

Silent footage of the Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) taken September 26, 2013 in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. Previous footage of the Cooper’s Hawk can be found here Music: “Tranquility” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License     Watch more wildlife videos in this YouTube Playlist Please Like this video […]

Garden Vocabulary: Parterre

Parterre gardens, with their air of formality, aren’t for everyone, but I would guess it is one of the most popular garden styles even today, long after its first invention. Today’s gardens, especially here in the US, tend to lean towards more casual styles, but you will see elements of the parterre garden style in […]

Garden Alphabet: Marigold (Calendula officinalis)

Garden Alphabet: Marigold (Calendula officinalis) Behold the modest Marigold. I see them everywhere and I am sure you do, too. Still, they do bring a certain kind of exuberance to the garden and are easy-as-pie to grow. These examples come from a neighbors circular, brick, planter, where they plant a regular succession of annuals in […]

Garden Inventory: Carrotwood (Cupaniopsis anacardioides)

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. As part of the Dog Days of Podcasting, and in […]

Garden Alphabet: Tomato

Garden Alphabet: Tomato During a recent neighborhood block party, these tomatoes were on-display for produce swapping. I understand they were scooped up quite quickly. No surprise there. (LAUGH) Tomato “The tomato is the edible, often red fruit of the plant Solanum lycopersicum, commonly known as a tomato plant. Both the species and its use as a food originated in Mexico, and spread […]

Interesting Plant: Kalanchoe Tomentosa

Interesting Plant: Kalanchoe Tomentosa Discovered via Pinterest User, Zach Revense Lovely markings on the edge of these kalanchoe leaves. So much variety in succulents and nearly always something interest to see — and maybe even grow in your garden. “Thick, soft, furry leaves give Panda Plant its common name. Other names for this succulent plant are Pussy […]

Video: In the garden…August 21, 2013: Grass where I don’t want it, flowers where I do and checking in

Our new, upgraded watering system is helping out a lot with more blooms and healthy plants, but grass springs up from the beds once it gets a little moisture. Weeding will have to get more regular after this. I check in on some other recent and new additions to the back garden, too. Part of […]