Video: In the garden…November 28, 2013: Desert Landscape, Coachella Valley

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Visiting family in the Palm Springs/Coachella Valley area, I took a walk about the neighborhood to capture some scenes of the desert landscape that surround the homes and gardens.

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Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “In the garden…November 14, 2012 – Tree Trimming Montage

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 read it, though. Read it on your PC, Link: http://j.mp/fagnbook

 

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Music: ‘Hustle” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
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Interesting Plant: Firewheel Tree (Stenocarpus sinuatus)

Interesting Plant: Anemone

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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 different parts of the world.

Other common names include White Beefwood, Queensland Firewheel Tree, Tulip Flower, White Oak and White Silky Oak.

A medium to large tree, up to 40 metres tall and 75 cm in trunk diameter. The bark is greyish brown, not smooth and irregular. The base of the cylindrical trunk is flanged.

Leaves alternate and variable in shape, simple or pinnatifid, the leaf margins wavy. 12 to 20 cm long. Leaf venation is clearly seen above and below the leaf. Leaves are characteristic and easily identified as part of the Protea family.

The ornamental flowers are bright red in umbels, in a circular formation, hence the name Firewheel Tree. Flowers form mostly between February to March. The fruit is a follicle, in a boat shape, 5 to 10 cm long. Inside are many thin seeds 12 mm long. Fruit matures from January to July.

Regeneration from fresh seed occurs speedily. Cuttings also strike well. — Wikipedia.org 

More information on Stenocarpus sinuatus:

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Previously in the Interesting Plant series: 

Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas

Video: 250 YouTube Subscribers! Thank You All!

This week I reached 250 subscribers on my YouTube Channel, a big milestone, and I made this short video to thank everyone.

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Gift Guide 2013: Sunset Western Garden Book 2012

Sunset Western Garden Book 2012

This is a perennial regular in the gift guide and this is a new edition for 2012. I still find it an excellent reference guide specifically designed for western gardeners, like myself. A big book and a useful one. Great for identifying and investigating the plants in your garden. Contains info on care, feeding and planting. I have written about the Sunset Western Garden Book in the past and always consider it my go-to guide for gardening info. The great news is that there is now a new edition of the book available. My own copy is a bit old now, probably from around 1996, so it might just be time to upgrade. Of course, the danger is I will go “down the rabbit hole” and spend more time reading about gardening than doing it. (LAUGH)

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Video: First Paperwhites 2013 (Narcissus papyraceus) Photo Montage

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The first papewhites (Narcissus papyraceus) of 2013 here in the Welch garden.

To see the high-resolution photos from this video, visit this Flickr Set

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Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “What Douglas Dug… Show 007 – Cheap cold frame, garden sculpture and more!

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 read it, though. Read it on your PC, Link: http://j.mp/fagnbook

 

Watch all past episodes of “In the garden…” in this YouTube Playlist


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Photos: First Paperwhites 2013 (Narcissus papyraceus)

The first papewhites (Narcissus papyraceus) of 2013 here in the Welch garden. Here are a few pictures from the set. You can click any image to see the full sized photo and connect to the entire set.

View the entire photo set, First Paperwhites 2013 (Narcissus papyraceus)

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Video: In the garden..short: November 20, 2013: Protecting new plants

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A short tip on protecting newly planted cuttings or seedlings from digging animals. 

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Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “In the garden…November 14, 2012 – Tree Trimming Montage

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 read it, though. Read it on your PC, Link: http://j.mp/fagnbook

 

Watch all past episodes of “In the garden…” in this YouTube Playlist


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Video: In the garden…November 17, 2013: Monitoring automatic watering timers and soaker hoses

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A quick overview of my system of electronic timers and soaker hoses and how to monitor them so you are sure they are working well and appropriately.

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Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “In the garden…November 14, 2012 – Tree Trimming Montage

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 read it, though. Read it on your PC, Link: http://j.mp/fagnbook

 

Watch all past episodes of “In the garden…” in this YouTube Playlist





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Summer leaves in an Ohio forest

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Gift Guide 2013: The Drunken Botanist: The plants that create the world’s great drinks by Amy Stewart

The drunken botanist : the plants that create the world’s great drinks

I love gardening and I love imbibing, so what could be better than a book on both?! Learn about all the botanicals that go into making your favorite beers, liquors and cocktails. A Wonderful Read!

From Amazon.com…

“Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries. Of all the extraordinary and obscure plants that have been fermented and distilled, a few are dangerous, some are downright bizarre, and one is as ancient as dinosaurs—but each represents a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history. This fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology—with more than fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners—will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party.”

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