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Asheville

In Asheville for a faculty reading at Malaprop's on Sunday, I couldn't resist the view from the parking garage.  I love peeking into these lives . . . (and imagining the different people who live in these apartments . . .) Someday, when it's not bitter cold and windy, I should really take my camera and walk around the city before the rising tide of new buildings engulfs everything old. Someday . . . [Author: Vicki Lane]
Tags: Gardening, Asheville, Vicki Lane, Malaprop


On the Night of the Super Wolf Blood Moon Eclipse

Around 6 -- the temperature is in the teens . . . and there are lots of clouds . . . I wonder how this image happened? There's a full eclipse coming and the moon is supposed to look blood red at totality -- but will there will be clouds -- or will I will be awake and feel like going outside around midnight? Hmmmm . . . I kinda doubt it. I surprised myself. John woke me at 11:30 and I got a few shots of the beginning stages. The moon was almost d...
Tags: Gardening, John, Vicki Lane


Fading Beauty . . .

For almost a month the amaryllis have bloomed and bloomed -- thirteen blossoms on three stems -- and now they are fading. Delicate petal edges crumple inward and colors grow more nuanced. Another few days and I'll move the bulbs into the bed in the greenhouse in hopes of an eventual glorious resurrection. Along with the pleasure their beauty has given us, has been the delight of hearing Josie say Ama-RILL-us! [Author: Vicki Lane]
Tags: Gardening, Josie, Vicki Lane, Ama RILL


Anthurium no. 1332 "Alexis Gabrielle Sherrington"

And then I caught a cold, so there went another week. This year I seem to be catching every single illness that's going around: cross your fingers for me that the flu shot works this year.1 So. Alexis. Alexis is mostly notable for being a color combination that I wouldn't have guessed possible and have never seen before: green and orange. Which more or less speaks for itself, I think. I mean, [Author: mr_subjunctive]
Tags: Gardening, Pretty Picture, Mr_subjunctive, Anthurium, Anthurium seedlings, Dracaena, Alexis Alexis, Walkaways, Alexis Gabrielle Sherrington


Another Cold Wet Day with Josie

[Author: Vicki Lane]
Tags: Gardening, Josie, Vicki Lane


MLK Rose

photo © Weeks Roses Close enough. Coretta Scott King Rose (Rosa 'WEKstohoco') This rose was named in 2013 after the wife of Martin Luther King. It's a tall, upright and bushy grandiflora with blooms of a coral-orange hue. It has a spicy tea fragrance and very good disease resistance. Hybridized... [Author: Jane Berger]
Tags: Gardening, Plants, Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott King, Garden Design, Nurseries, Jane Berger, Gardens to Visit, Martin Luther King Rose Garden, Weeks Roses, Coretta Scott King Rose Rosa


Paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago now Online

“City Park” by William Merritt Chase. Credit: Art Institute of Chicago Great news for art lovers and beauty-lovers of all types. Through its recent website redesign, the Art Institute of Chicago has given us all the chance to experience great works online, in high resolution and the ability to zoom in for detail. Here’s the collection. “Gasthof zur Muldentalsperre” by Peter Doig. Credit: Art Institute of Chicago This gift to art-lovers was released into the public domain, which m...
Tags: Google, Gardening, David Hockney, University Of Maryland, Peter Doig, Art Institute of Chicago, William Merritt, La Grande Jatte, Creative Commons Zero, But is it Art, George Seurat, Art Institute of Chicago Great, Gasthof zur Muldentalsperre, Art Institute of Chicago Turning on to High Res, Marcia Weisman, Art Institute of Chicago Paintings


Garden events in the San Fernando Valley area, Jan. 19-26

  Container gardening ideas. (Photo by Shakespeare on English Wikipedia/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)   Here is a sampling of upcoming garden classes, lectures and events in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area.   JAN. 19   Rose Pruning with the San Fernando Valley Rose Society: The society will show beginners how to prune rose bushes as they do their work, 9 a.m.-noon. Rain does not cancel. Bring clippers, gloves and shears. Minnie Hill Palmer Hom...
Tags: Gardening, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Club, Shakespeare, Local News, San Fernando Valley, Descanso Gardens, Eric Olsen, Pacific Palisades, Adamson House, Huntington Botanical Gardens, Avenue, Top Stories LADN


Cultivate Your Garden Curiosity

If you are like most gardeners, winter is a time of restful relief from your garden chores, but the promise of a well cultivated garden, itsvisual beauty, and the enormous pleasure it provides are never far away in ourthoughts .  Gardening is a process with a lifetime of learning. Winter can be just the time to redefine, recharge, and reimagine your garden. It isalso an ideal time to begin to plan a garden and learn the basics.  Blithewold’s Horticultural staff, Betsy Ekholm, Joe V...
Tags: Gardening, Gardens, Classes, Workshops, Winter Gardening, Blithewold, Along the Garden Path, Flower Gardens, Gardening Basics, Betsy Ekholm Joe Verstandig


Sweet January

January is a wonderful month in the greenhouse. Winter weather is settling in on the landscape but winter blooms abound under the glass. The orchid pictured at the top is a Cymbidium type that goes unnoticed in the containers all year until it blooms in January and February. Recently, when I arrive at work in the morning and we unlock the greenhouse doors, the sweetest fragrance wafts in to the potting shed. The Jasmine vines are blooming. Jasminum officinale flowers have a heady scent that ...
Tags: Gardening, Gardens, Citrus, Greenhouse, Jasmine, Winter Flowers, Container Plants, Gail Joe, Fragrant Flowers, Greenhouse Plants


Mary Oliver -- Rest in Peace

She has left us so much . . . Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me by Mary Oliver Last night the rain spoke to me slowly, saying, what joy to come falling out of the brisk cloud, to be happy again in a new way on the earth! That’s what it said as it dropped, smelling of iron, and vanished like a dream of the ocean into the branches and the grass below. Then it was over. The sky cleared. I was standing under a tree. The tree was a tree with happy leaves, a...
Tags: Gardening, Vicki Lane, Mary Oliver Rest, Mary Oliver Last


5 garden tips for this week, Jan. 19-25

1. Lose the leaves Rose leaves that remain on the plants through winter often succumb to troublesome diseases, such as the powdery-orange rose rust fungus; and the diseases start earlier in the season then spread to infect newer leaves and other plants (such as lawn grasses). So if you haven’t pruned your roses, do so this weekend. And be sure to remove ALL of the old rose leaves (even if you already pruned your roses) in order to have a prettier garden and healthier plants this spring and summe...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Rose, Home + Garden


Gardening: How to prune your trees and roses to keep them healthy

Historically speaking, tree pruning is a relatively recent phenomenon, developed as a necessity when trees began to be planted in close proximity to where people lived, worked, or congregated. It’s just not a pleasant feeling when a branch falls on your house, your car, or on your head. For centuries, trees were kept exclusively in the forest. The idea of planting one next to where you lived was never considered. But then, beginning with the industrial revolution in the late 18th century, as mas...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, American Rose Society, Sally Joy, Home + Garden, Roy Hudson


Water Like a Stone

[Author: Vicki Lane]
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One Way Or Another, I Will Have Flowers

L ast month I told you about my failures forcing paperwhites. The first batch, packed into a narrow container that fit on the windowsill, blasted almost all their buds. My hopes were then pinned on the second batch, which I thought would bloom in time for Christmas. But they didn’t. These paperwhites are taller than their last picture, but aren’t close to blooming. Why? I was watering them with a mixture of alcohol and water. Perhaps that stunted their growth too much? Maybe it was inconsis...
Tags: Gardening, Aldi, How-to, Experiments, Carol, What's up/blooming, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, Primrose, Primula, Forcing Bulbs, Hyacinths, Paperwhites, Narcissus, Elizabeth Lawrence


Another Blog on MANTS (It Takes Two)

Last week I got on a skinny little regional jet with four hefty Co-Horts from work, and with a screaming winter storm tailwind we arrived at BWI lickety split. Like the damned thing was the Concorde. Good thing. Even an hour on that plane next to my boss made an imprint of his credit card on my thigh. I would have used it to buy something online, but I know he’s at least as broke as I am. Back on the ground, we hit the ground running. MANTS is huge. Time is short. Welcome to MANTS. 956 ve...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Facebook, Gardening, Virginia, Time, Chelsea, Chicagoland, Baltimore, BWI, Susan Harris, John Hoffman, David Hoffman, Kata, What's Happening, MANTS


Books: Designing with Winners

I can't think of a designer who doesn't know of/doesn't use Proven Winners plants, whether shrubs, small evergreens, roses, perennials or annuals. The plants are hardy; many of the shrubs are on the small side, suitable for urban or suburban gardens; and the annuals and perennials will make any container... [Author: Jane Berger]
Tags: Books, Gardening, Garden Design, Jane Berger, Garden Books, Timber Press


The Miniaturist

The premise is fascinating -- a young woman married to a wealthy man she hardy knows, a man who will not consummate the marriage, who shrinks from her touch. A house of secrets, ruled over by the man's sister, outwardly ascetic but given to fur linings in her somber garments. As Nella tries to find her way in a puzzling household and in the rich but unforgiving world of 17th Century Amsterdam, the gift of a cabinet for miniatures and the filling thereof catapults the story into mystery. Who...
Tags: Gardening, Amsterdam, Vicki Lane, Nella


Fire and Chaparral - Some Answers

What's wrong with this picture!Muhlenbergia rigens, deer grass, is  not the best choice of plantnext to a building  in a fire prone area of California.  (The fences adjoining the greenhouse are also problematic. But that's not the topic of this post.) Since my last post (Fire and Chaparral - Some Questions) I've been doing some reading, hand wringing, and hacking at defenseless plants--the ones in obviously wrong places such as slap up against a structure. Digging out the grasse...
Tags: Gardening, California, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Halsey, CCI, Bert, Santa Cruz County, Country Mouse, California Chaparral Institute, Bert Wilson, CNPS, Fremontia, Suzanne Schettler, Richard Halsey, California Halsey


From the Archives

[Author: Vicki Lane]
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It’s Bloom Day

And I have not posted one of these for years, so, as a reminder: on the 15th of every month, garden bloggers post what is in flower in their gardens. The tradition was started by Carol of May Dreams Gardens. Normally I would never select January 15 as the day to jump back into the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day game, as what I have in January is pretty much like the above. However, I’m in Key West at the moment, so I am appropriating its plants for my GBBD post. I know some of these: ...
Tags: Gardening, Uncategorized, Carol, Key West


Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – Jan 2019

When I went out to take the photos for this blog post I was surprised at how much was in flower dotted around the garden.  I have already posted this week about the snowdrops but they aren’t alone in bring dashes of colour to the borders. In the front garden the star is the Euphorbia... Read More
Tags: Gardening, January, Rosemary, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, Hellebores, My Garden, GBBD, 2019, Eranthis Hyemalis, hamamelia x intermedia 'Arnold Promise, Iris unguicularis Walter Butt, Jasminum nudiflorum, Primula Palinuri


Proofreading Again

Proud of myself. First I managed to get the header and the page numbers on my manuscript. (It should be easy but I have to relearn this step every time.) In glancing through the pages, I discovered several lines of little square dots that will NOT disappear with a simple delete.  (Something that Word does occasionally for its own inscrutable reasons.) I've had this problem before and always left it to someone (copy editor) else to fix. As there is no someone else at this point, I asked...
Tags: Google, Gardening, Josie, Vicki Lane


New Roses 2019 - I

David Austin Roses is introducing three new English Roses to the United States this spring. 'The pale yellow 'Vanessa Bell' is a compact rose that produces many blooms. The firm's senior rosarian, Michael Mariott, says it is "one of the most free-flowering varieties" the firm has ever produced. Its fragrance... [Author: Jane Berger]
Tags: Gardening, United States, Plants, Announcements, Roses, Vanessa Bell, Garden Design, Nurseries, Jane Berger, David Austin Roses, Michael Mariott


Start of the Snowdrop Season

Whilst we are still in the midst of Winter, the first signs that Spring is just round the corner comes from the Snowdrops which are beginning to put on a show.  I have a number of named varieties which flower ahead of the normal Galanthus nivalis.   Above is Galanthus ‘Ding Dong’, so called as it... Read More
Tags: Gardening, January, Bulbs, Galanthus, Snowdrops, 2019, galanthus Mrs McNamara, Galanthus Ding Dong, Galanthus Godfrey Owen, Galanthus Selborne Green Tips


Here We Go

The game's afoot -- again. I've written my query letter and marketing plan to begin submitting to small presses. I hope to send them off some time today to the first -- and possibly another on my list. We'll see how it goes . . . don't expect any quick results, but know that I'm working on it.  Once I've done a number of queries, I'll get onto the Birdie stories for self publishing as a collection -- I hope before summer. [Author: Vicki Lane]
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5 things to do in your garden, Jan. 12-18

1. Now is the best time to buy and put in a surprising variety of plants. These include bare-root roses, berries, fruit and shade trees, vines, and perennial vegetables, such as artichokes, horseradish, and rhubarb, which grow and yield their produce year after year. Also, choose azaleas, camellias, cymbidium orchids, primroses and other winter flowers while they are in bloom, and don’t overlook the winter-flowering succulents and cacti. Be sure to water them in well after you plant them. 2. Whe...
Tags: Gardening, Washington, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Disney Animation, Kem Weber, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Home + Garden, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


Pattern

I think these would be terrific tiles . . . They make me think of William Morris . . . And I keep looking for figures in all those squiggles. But it's just a slice of red cabbage . . . And me playing with color filters. [Author: Vicki Lane]
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Garden events in the San Fernando Valley area, Jan. 12-19

    Camellia hybrid Jury’s Yellow. (Photo by BS Thurner Hof/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)   Here is a sampling of upcoming garden classes, lectures and events in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area.   JAN. 12   Southern California Garden Club – Rose Pruning at the Sepulveda Garden Center: Club members will demonstrate how to prune roses as they do a major pruning activity at the center, 8:30 a.m. Bring gloves, loppers and pruners. 16633 Magnolia B...
Tags: Gardening, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Ventura County, Barbara, CSUN, San Fernando Valley, Descanso Gardens, Pacific Palisades, Keith Roberts, Adamson House, Huntington Botanical Gardens, Avenue


11 ways to be more self-sufficient in the new year

Self-sufficient living is all about providing for your own needs— and the needs of your household— without resources or help from the outside. To become more self-sufficient, you need knowledge and skills, plus motivation and a spirit of independence. The reasons for living a self-sufficient lifestyle can be political, social or personal, but whatever the motivation may be, learning how to become self-sufficient can offer a feeling of security, even in the event of a disaster. There isn’t a han...
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