Interesting Plant: Oxalis versicolor

Interesting Plant: Oxalis versicolor


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Oxalis versicolor

Candy cane colored flowers! This beauty has mounds of clover-like leaves. Gorgeous red and white spiral shaped flowers. Fine for gardens or baskets. Grows up to 12″ tall. Prefers full to partial sun. Blooms in summer. Hardy in zones 7-9. — from Direct Gardening

Amazingly colorful oxalis I have never seen before. Could be an interesting clumping plant to try.

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Video: Container Garden Update 018 – Seedlings, kale and a hanging pot

I check on seedlings in a recycled container, check on the kale and lettuce in the main pots and talk about my hanging pot that needs to be turned on occasion.


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Garden Inventory: Lemon

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.

I would also like to highlight your special plants and tress. Pass along your favorite plants in the comments and I will use them for future Garden Inventory posts. — Douglas

Garden Inventory: Lemon

“The lemon (Citrus × limon) is a small evergreen tree native to Asia, and the tree’s ellipsoidal yellow fruit. The fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, though the pulp and rind (zest) are also used in cooking and baking. The juice of the lemon is about 5% to 6% citric acid, which gives lemons a sour taste. The distinctive sour taste of lemon juice makes it a key ingredient in drinks and foods such as lemonade. —

This sad, little, lemon tree has been in the garden since our ownership began 16 years ago. It was planted in a bad location and heavily shaded and crowded by other trees. We recently removed one of the main trees shading this spot, so I am interested in seeing if the tree gets a little more robust. I am seeing many more flowers than previously, as you can see in some of the pictures below.

Here in Southern California, citrus trees are in almost every yard, but it is relatively few people who use even a portion of the fruit they produce. Lemons are probably the worst offender tree, as recipes use so little lemon juice of lemon rind that it can be difficult to put all your fruit to use. For me, I use about 15 lemons in my yearly batch of limoncello (see video on making your own limoncello here) and a few pitchers of lemonade, but a heavily producing tree, even a dwarf one, which I believe this is, can produce a grocery bag full of lemons very quickly.

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Photos of Lemon tree with closeups of leaves, flowers,  growing habit, trunk and bark

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Spring is coming! Really, I Promise!

 Strawberries in my containers


Living here in Southern California at this time of year, I like to offer hope to those of you living in colder climes — Spring is coming!!!

I have eaten strawberries from my container garden already and have potatoes and onions rising from the soil. It will soon be the same in your own garden, I am sure. I don’t say this to make you envious, but rather to offer you a bit of home if your garden is still covered in snow and the ground frozen as hard as rock.

I grew up in a small town in northern Ohio, so despite my 26 years here in Los Angeles, I still remember the bone-chilling cold, the snow drifts, the dirty, ice hard snow frozen along the streets. I also remember, though, the sheer joy when Spring arrived. It would come in fits and starts — often snowing on the first day of Spring, but soon the leaves would begin to appear on the 100-year-old maples lining West Main Street, the grass would begin to green and grow and the apple trees in the disused orchard behind our house would burst into bloom.

In a farming community, Spring was a big deal, of course. Equipment was being repaired all Winter long in concrete and steel workshop barns and would soon be back in the fields. Some farmers, ever eager to get started, would find themselves mired in the wet soil when they tried to get into the fields too soon. Mud was simply part of the season, though, and we all learned again to leave our shoes outside the door whenever we entered into the house.

If you are like most gardeners, you are planning and preparing your garden for 2013. I would love to hear what is happening — or about to happen — in your garden. You can share your garden with myself — and other AGN readers — on most of the social networks. A Gardener’s Notebook is on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and more. You’ll find links to all of these in the sidebar to your right.

Until next time…Keep Digging!

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Garden Alphabet: Morning Glory (Convolvulaceae)

Morning Glory (Convolvulaceae)

I love morning glory, even though here in California they can get a bit invasive. This picture comes from a neighbors garden, as I really don’t have enough sun to grow them where I would like. The shocking colors make such a statement no matter what colors they  are against. Morning Glory are also fairly carefree, growing as they wish without needing much attention except maybe to cut them back every so often.

Garden Alphabet: Morning Glory from A Gardener's Notebook (

“Morning glory is the common name for over 1,000 species of flowering plants in the family Convolvulaceae, whose current taxonomy and systematics are in flux. Morning glory species belong to many genera, some of which are: Calystegia,Convolvulus, Ipomoea, Merremia, Rivea, Astripomoea, Operculina,Stictocardia, Argyreia, Lepistemon” —

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Garden Decor: Tolkein-esque Garden Door

A lovely Tolkein-esque door spotted on Pinterest

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Garden History: Whitworth Gardens, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, England

There is always something so special in a patch of water in the garden. Be it a large lake, small pond or even just awarer garden in a whiskey barrel, the look and sound of water is as attractive to we humans as it is to native wildlife. The biggest suggestion for those wanting to attract birds to their garden is to add a water feature. The sounds of running water attracts wildlife of all sorts and entices us out into the garden, too.

In this picture, you can almost imagine climbing into the rowboat with our picnic basket and heading to the small island for a quietn lunch under the trees, surrounded by the lake, lost on your own little desert island.

I recently created a video and wallpapers of a friends koi pond as I wanted to share the peace and tranquility of water and movement in the garden.

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[Whitworth Gardens, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, England]  (LOC)

Whitworth Gardens, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, England (LOC)

[Whitworth Gardens, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, England]

[between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900].

1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color.

Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., Catalogue J–foreign section, Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Publishing Company, 1905.
Print no. “10875”.
Forms part of: Views of the British Isles, in the Photochrom print collection.


Format: Photochrom prints–Color–1890-1900.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Views of the British Isles (DLC) 2002696059

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Call Number: LOT 13415, no. 364 [item]

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Here is another pretty product from A Gardener’s Notebook. I am pleasantly surprised how nice my photos look on these mugs. I recently ordered one of each to have here at the home office.

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Video: In the garden…March 6, 2013 – Crape Myrtle and Crows, along with a potato/onion status report

“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.

We check in on the potatoes and onion, azalea blooms, crape myrtle leaves and some neighborhood crows.


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