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Bloom Day November 2016

Daylight Saving Time and the electoral college. I think we can agree that these are two areas worthy of further study. May Dreams Gardens collects Bloom Day reports the 15th of every month. My excuse for posting on the 16th? The DST ate my report. I don’t know how you all manage with these shortened […]

In a Vase on Monday, (courtesy of the OG)

Peter/Outlaw Gardener, that indefatigable daily blogger and all-around nice guy, raffled off some vases recently.

(And look who’s a winner!)

I found this fat little echeveria in the front garden and unceremoniously pulled him up by the roots to welcome Peter’s vase. (Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the […]

Gladiolus papilio ‘Ruby’

I’ll tell you the same story I told Marty before work this morning, when he caught me around sunrise, barefoot and still in pajamas, crouching in the garden, snapping away with the camera. Back in March of 2014, I sent off a terse but plaintive e-mail to Sue Mann of Priory Plants in the UK:

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friday clippings 6/5/15

Late spring conversation at our house sums up living in a “mixed” household (gardeners/nongardeners):

Duncan, from the back porch: Whatcha doin’ out there? Me, from deep in the garden: Sitting in a field of poppies. Duncan (scanning for alleged field of poppies): Okay.

Disembodied voice from deep in garden continues: It’s just one […]

notes on some spring plant sales

Is that a water pistol in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

I’ve been hearing from friends in the retail nursery business that the new water restrictions have them very worried. Indeed, I’ve been told retail sales for April were most discouraging. Yet botanical garden plant sales this spring, […]

Wednesday clippings 4/15/15 (water on the brain)

Finally, a chance to spend some time with the blog again. There’s been lots of reading to catch up on, after the guv dropped that bombshell. (Pass the almonds.*)

One of the best sources of information I’ve found was right there on my blogroll, journalist Emily Green’s Chance of Rain. In concert with KCET, […]

streetside; rainy day house & gardens

alluding to Joni Mitchell’s Rainy Night House I recently read that Taylor Swift wanted the part in a movie on Mitchell. I see Swift’s photo all over the Internet, but it wasn’t until Sunday that I finally heard one of her songs on the car radio. Yes, I do live in a pop culture-free bubble, […]

Bloom Day February 2015

Bloom Day — you know the drill. (And if you don’t and somehow stumbled here unwittingly, just calm down and see May Dreams Gardens for some helpful background by Carol.)

I bought this Banksia ericifolia from a newish nursery in Hollywood several months ago with one bloom already fully open and several promising if […]

Bloom Day October 2014

Guest-hosted by Evie the Cat.

Not another Bloom Day…and you’ve got nuthin’

Wait, I got it! Why don’t you show them your nerines?*

Let’s see what else we’ve got…

Evie, those aren’t blooms!

I better take over. Bloom on the snaky succulent Senecio anteuphorbium

Oh, that was […]

favorites 4/10/14

Loree at Danger Garden shares her favorite plants in the garden every week, and spring is a good time to join in, when so much is fleeting and the turnover in favorites comes at a rapid pace. True, that’s not the case with Stipa gigantea, a clumping grass from Spain which will grace […]