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Free Old Oak Tree Computer and Smartphone Wallpapers for June 2013

Here is a selection of free wallpapers for your computer desktop or smartphone. Right-click and select Save Image As… to download them to your own computer. On your smartphone, click the image to see the full-sized image, tap and hold, then select Save to Camera Roll. You can then attach the wallpapers using your phone’s […]

In the neighborhood…Persimmons, pomegranates, figs and grapes

In the neighborhood…Persimmons, pomegranates, figs and grapes Spring has spring here in the neighborhood and in one 1.5 mile walk around the neighborhood we saw persimmons, pomegranates, figs and grapes setting fruit. We also saw apples and apricots, but that is for another post. (SMILE) Most people seem to envision citrus trees when thinking of […]

Chelsea Garden Show – Mentioned Plants – Day 5 – May 24, 2013

It’s was raining in Chelsea today, but the show continued with a ton of plants mentioned.   Dahlia ‘Tommy Keith’ Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ Geranium Rozanne – Plant of the Centenary Entry (9 of 10) 1993-2002 Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’  – Plant of the Centenary Entry (10 of 10) 2003-2012 Rhododendron macabeanum Picea glauca ‘Albertina Conica’ Pinus wallichiana Nepeta […]

Garden Alphabet: Japanese Cherry (Prunus serrulata)

Garden Alphabet: Japanese Cherry (Prunus serrulata) Very close by we have a manmade lake that is  surrounded with a heavy planting of Japanese Cherry Trees that put on quite a show each Spring. It reminds me greatly of photos of the cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, near the National Mall. I usually […]

Chelsea Garden Show – Mentioned Plants – Day 4 – May 23, 2013

Talk of sculpture, tons of native plants and more in this day’s coverage of the Chelsea Garden Show.    Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ – Plant of the Centenary Entry (7 of 10) 1973-1982 Heuchera villosa ‘Palace Purple’ – Plant of the Centenary Entry (8 of 10) 1983-1992 Iris ‘Petit Tigre’ Lupinus ‘Terracotta’  Geum rivale Allium schoenoprasnum (Chives) Geum […]

Chelsea Garden Show – Mentioned Plants – Day 3 – May 22, 2013

Education is the focus of today’s Chelsea Garden Show, which is one of the stated missions of the Royal Horticultural Society. We learned about grafting apples, UK produce and more. You can see all 10 plants from    Ginko Biloba Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’  Rosa Iceberg ‘Korbin’– Plant of the Centenary Entry (5 of 10) 1953-1962 View all […]

Chelsea Garden Show – Mentioned Plants – Day 2 – May 21, 2013

10 Chelsea Gold Medals Awarded this year — more than any other previous year. The gardens did look quite striking this year, so I can’t say it is a big surprise. Here is today’s list of the plants and flowers mentioned during the coverage. With all the focus on the show gardens today, there are […]

In the neighborhood…Mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin)

In the neighborhood…Mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin) A. julibrissin is a small deciduous tree growing to 5–12 m tall, with a broad crown of level or arching branches. The bark is dark greenish grey in colour and striped vertically as it gets older. The leaves are bipinnate, 20–45 cm long and 12–25 cm broad, divided into […]

Tree Identification Help – What do you think it is? – Enkianthus?

Update 20130523: After poking around a bit, could this be an Enkianthus of some type? I am totally unfamiliar with this plant/tree, but it seems similar to photos I have found online. — Douglas I am taking more interest in the plants growing here in the neighborhood, so when I come across and unknown plant […]

Video: In the garden…May 9, 2013: Checking in on tomatoes, zucchini and everything else

“In the garden…” is a series for A Gardener’s Notebook highlighting what is happening in my garden, my friend’s gardens and California gardens throughout the seasons. Checking in on the new tomato, and zucchini, looking at acanthus flowers, viewing the trees and most of the new additions to the garden. Watch all the past “In the garden…” videos […]