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Interesting Plant: Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens) via BeWaterWise.com

Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens) via BeWaterWise.com A few months ago I was invited down the office of the Metropolitan Water District to meet a number of people involved in their BeWaterWise.com project to help reduce water usage in California. As part of their efforts, they focus on providing plant alternatives to water hungry lawns. Over […]

Noted: 5 Ways to Put Fall Leaves to Work in Your Garden via Houzz

5 Ways to Put Fall Leaves to Work in Your Garden via Houzz Landscape by Wyckoff Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Horizon Landscape Company In fall my town holds leaf collection days, when homeowners (or their landscape services) blow or rake fallen leaves off their properties into big piles in the streets. Later a truck […]

Video: In the garden…September 19, 2014: Taking more sweet potato cuttings for neighbors

Taking more sweet potato cuttings from our prunings to clear other areas of the front garden and potting them up or rooting them in water so I can give them to our neighbors. Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle eBook. (You don’t need a Kindle to […]

Event: Veggiepalooza at Fullerton Arboretum – September 13 & 14, 2014

  Fullerton Arboretum to Host Fall Veggiepalooza Seedling Sale September 13thand 14th, 2014 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Members Only Presale September 13th 8:30 – 10:00 AM The potting Shed will offer over 150 varieties of vegetable plants, herbs and seeds for the fall and winter garden. Learn how to grow fall and winter vegetables […]

Video: Liquidambar styraciflua seed pods open over course of 4 days – Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 – 24/30

Part of the Dog Days of Podcasting… A quick view of liquidambar styraciflua seed pods opening and releasing their seeds over the course of 4 days. I plan on doing an actual timelpase of this process in the near future, too. Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle […]

Noted: Great Design Plant: Butterfly Milkweed, a Beacon in the Prairie via Houzz

Great Design Plant: Butterfly Milkweed, a Beacon in the Prairie via Houzz Landscape by Minnetonka Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Holm Design & Consulting LLC   Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a magnet for bees and butterflies in early spring — often providing an important source of nectar when other sources are scarce. What other […]

Flowering Now: Plumaria, Van Nuys Civic Center, Los Angeles, California

Plumaria We happened upon these lovely plumaria on a walk around the neighborhood on Monday. These are part of the landscaping at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center just up the street. The bright yellows against the dark foliage is quite striking. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook Plumeria (common name Frangipani[citation needed]) is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae.[1] It […]

Photo: Brunfelsia and Clytostoma cuttings on kitchen windowsill

My propagation projection continues. Based on the success of the basil in this week’s In the Garden video, I grabbed some brunfelsia and clytostoma cuttings to see i they might take root, as well. One benefit of having them here in the kitchen is that they are “in your face” and can be given constant […]

Noted: Advice on Canyon Farming From L.A.’s Vegetable Whisperer via Houzz

Advice on Canyon Farming From L.A.’s Vegetable Whisperer via Houzz Other by Palo Alto Photographers Brian W. Ferry Photography The edible garden is a thing of beauty. It’s personal, and like singing a song, there is no one right way to do it. Lauri Kranz is certainly getting it right. She’s been hailed as the […]

Interesting Plant: Caladium bicolor ‘White Queen’

Caladium bicolor ‘White Queen’ Wow! This nearly whit caladium just knocks you back when you see it. I can easily imagine this as a focal point among a shady, green garden. It would attract everyone’s eye, I am sure.    Discovered via Tumblr User, Rita Thomas  A tuberous-rooted perennial most often grown as an annual […]