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some upcoming events this weekend 4/30-5/1/16

Tillandsias can perch just about anywhere with the right conditions, including on other plants.

This weekend brings the Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden tour. I don’t think I’ll be able to make it, so if you go, link back here maybe, so I can catch up. (Spring has been so hectic that I […]

an hour in San Francisco Botanical Garden in April

At the Friend Gate, Ageratum corymbosum Bartlettina sordida (thanks, Mr. Feix!)

with a Fuchsia magellanica. Or maybe thymifolia. I didn’t check. No time!

A few weeks ago I had the rather condensed pleasure of visiting San Francisco’s Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park for an hour. Ahead of me in line were […]

Bloom Day hangover/Foliage followup April 2016

The distinctive measured pace of a garden this time of year, compared to the frenetic pace outside my front gate, is what I find so compelling: the syncopated intervals between birdcalls, the varying rhythms of arrival and departure of hummingbirds, butterflies, bees. Incidents on the wing gently drift in and out…but this weekend it’s all […]

Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’

Love it or hate it, Fatsia ‘Spider’s Web’ can now be found locally in Southern California. Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar is carrying it in affordable one-gallons. Fatsias grow like weeds here in dry shade, so when Southern California bloggers first saw this fatsia in Portland, Oregon gardens at the 2014 blogger […]

Greater Los Angeles APLD GardenTour 4/17/16

On the tour: A garden designed by Joel Lichtenwalter and Ryan Gates of Grow Outdoor Design embodies the tour’s theme: “The Watershed Approach to Landscape Design” photo by MB Maher

The garden I posted about here in 2013 will be one of the eight gardens featured on the Greater Los Angeles APLD Garden […]

Saturday clippings 4/9/16

The Los Angeles Festival of Books is this weekend. I haven’t been in ages. I can only imagine what the food truck scene is like now. I didn’t see any garden-themed speakers on a quick check of the roster, but long ago (1998!) I attended talks by Robert Smaus, (former LA Times garden editor) […]

checking out Dustin’s pottery

As soon as work let up a bit, for a treat I’d been promising myself a trip to Dustin’s to check out his new concrete pottery. I don’t know how it happened that Dustin’s concrete work became an exact match for the containers I crave. It’s a mysterious case of convergent design evolution. He makes […]

spring rush

Last Sunday we roadtripped up the coast about two hours near Carpinteria, where Seaside Gardens was having a “Spring Fling.” The day before, Saturday, I drove myself two hours south to check out the San Diego Horticultural Society’s spring garden tour. All told, I put 400 miles on the car. The spring rush is […]