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From Ten Years Ago--A Good Chicken

[Author: Vicki Lane]
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Six on Saturday – 23rd March 2019

A lovely sunny day in the garden, finally, with no particular plans just being.  I am enjoying this meme as it makes me really look at what is looking best in the garden. I have a mooch around the garden taking photos of anything interesting.  However, it took a few walks around the garden before... Read More
Tags: 2019, Bulbs, Garden, Gardening, March, My Garden, Plants, Six for Saturday, Spring, Anemone coronaria bordeaux, Double Primrose, Forsythia, Melianthus Major, Pulstilla vulgaris Papengo, Six On Saturday, Tulip


Trying to Garden Without Lower Back Pain

Gardening season has begun here in Maryland and it took no time at all for me to hurt my lower back doing what for me is the riskiest gardening move of all – bending over. So my first question for readers is – have you found a way to avoid bending over? When in Pain, What to Do? My typical pattern is to overdo, spend a few days of pain not gardening at all, finally giving in to the itch to bend over and dig or pick stuff up and re-injuring my back, in a frustrating cycle. This time, I decided t...
Tags: Shut Up and Dig


Books: The New Tree Bible

Wow! How long have we been waiting for something like this??? Yep, you almost tremble as you open the pages. If you ever hoped for a tree book that could match Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees & Shrubs, this is it! In The Tree Book: Superior Selections for Landscapes, Streetscapes, and... [Author: Jane Berger]
Tags: Books, Garden Books, Garden Design, Keith Warren, Michael Dirr, Timber Press, Trees, Jane Berger


Living Water

[Author: Vicki Lane]
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Josie is a Pancake-Eating Girl

Her mama told me that the next morning, when she asked Josie what she wanted for breakfast, Josie suggested they come up here and have some more pancakes.  [Author: Vicki Lane]
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Garden events in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, March 22-29

    The poppies and wild flowers are coming in to full bloom at the California Poppy Reserve in Antelope Valley and the surrounding areas. (Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)   Here is a sampling of upcoming garden classes, lectures and events in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area.   MARCH 23   Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve: Park hours: sunrise-sunset daily. The Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monda...
Tags: Local News, Gardening, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


The first day of spring - on of my favorite days. ...

The first day of spring - on of my favorite days.  And a beautiful moon with thisVernal equinox.I have 8 trays is seedlings planted so far. Some are doing very well. A tray of wild flower seeds I collected are taking their time to sprout. I and a few days late to plant my tomatoes, but maybe tomorrow morning.Tomorrow I will pick my mother up at the airport marking the end of her winter in Florida. She is looking forward to returning north. I have planned her vegetable garden a mlreay and have a ...
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March-ing into Spring

Spring reappears as if from the dead. The winter rest is ending. The first spring bulbs have now emerged and delight us with their long-awaited blooms. The bulbs we planted last October have risen from their hibernation. What a beautiful vision! Iris reticulata ‘Pixie’ Iris reticulata ‘Eye Catcher’ My favorite early spring flower has to be the reticulated irises (a bulbous perennial iris that we plant in October along with tulips and daffodils). Iris reticulata ‘Pixie’ has resided ...
Tags: Gardening, Spring, Gardens, Alida, Snowdrops, Crocus, Spring Blooms, North Garden, Flore Pleno, Gail Joe, Eranthis Hyemalis, Galanthus Nivalis, Reticulated Iris, Winter Aconite, Alida Last, Rose Garden This garden


Gardening: Enjoying the flowering rebirth of perennials while they bloom

Daffodils, whose appearance is an undeniable harbinger of spring, bring smiles not only to gardeners but to poets, too. When William Wordsworth lay on his couch and thought of their unforgettable nodding golden trumpets, he wrote that then “my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodils.” The word “daffodil” is derived from asphodel, a related flower of the lily family. Asphodel for the Greeks conjured up a meadow encountered in the afterlife. There is something about the rebirth of ...
Tags: Gardening, Mexico, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, San Fernando Valley, West Los Angeles, William Wordsworth, Narcissus, Cattleya, Home + Garden, Joshua Siskin, Nordhoff St North Hills, Gladiolus, Aurora Mendoza


Master Gardener: How to keep your houseplants from getting shriveled and brown

Q: I have several houseplants that are shriveled and/or brown at the leaf edges. I take care to water them regularly, and I even have them sitting in a pebble tray so they can get some extra humidity. What could be causing these symptoms? A: Although you are careful to ensure that your plants are properly hydrated, many indoor plants demand more moisture than a pebble tray can provide. Our climate in Southern California is extremely arid, which can be tough on tender tropical plants. Dry leaf ma...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Southern California, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden


How gardening may be helping people live longer

Gardening saved Mary Lou Heard’s life. In the 1970s, Heard, who would later become known as Orange County’s patron saint of cottage gardens, went through a divorce that was so devastating she was hospitalized. On the grounds of the hospital, there was a small neglected garden. Mary Lou got down on her hands and knees and, for the first time in a long time, she would later write, felt peace. Now more and more studies are supporting what Mary Lou and many others have known in their hearts all alon...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, King, Sardinia, Southern California, Huntington Beach, Okinawa, San Fernando Valley, Michelle Boyd, Billie Jean King, Dan Buettner, Mary Lou, Loma Linda


5 ways to improve your garden this week, Mar. 23-29

1. Harvest time Continue harvesting winter crops and citrus. Remember – you don’t need to pick all your oranges, lemons, and other citrus when it first ripens. Most citrus fruits will hold on the tree – and become even sweeter – for several months. So harvest what you can use and let the rest of the fruits get sweeter. Then as more and more start to fall off, you can harvest the rest of the crop and share it. 2. Herbal remedy Refresh woody herb plants such as rosemary, sage, and tarragon by prun...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Susan, Dusty Miller, Achillea, Veronica Now, Home + Garden, Correa California, Chicks Stachys Lamb, Phlox Portulaca Thunbergia Black, Verbena Vinca


Hyrdopod Gardening Set

Made for desks, window sills and other small spaces, the Hydropod by Brooklyn-based W&P is a five-piece hydroponic planter set made for at-home soil-free farming. The process leaves a significantly smaller footprint—using a nutrient water solvent as a food source. Made from plastic and frosted glass, the subtle design will offer a pop of color once your herbs start to bloom.
Tags: Home, Food, Gardening, Design, Office, Brooklyn, Plants, Herbs, Planters, Decor, Hydroponic, Hydropod


Yesterday . . .

[Author: Vicki Lane]
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Time To Be In Earnest

I'm a long time fan of the late P. D. James and her admirable mysteries. When a friend lent me James's 'fragment of an autobiography', I leapt in. It is, indeed, a fragment -- it's a record of her seventy-seventh year --places visited, events attended, honors won, people met -- interspersed with looks backward at her life and reflections on aging. (The title comes from Dr. Samuel Johnson's assertion that at seventy-seven, it's time to be in earnest about one's life. I shall keep th...
Tags: Gardening, Earnest, James, Samuel Johnson, Vicki Lane


The Power of Nature to the People! City Gardens Now!

Maybe I’m a control freak. Maybe I’m just not very smart. Quite possibly, I’m just too far down the tracks to back up and switch to another set of tracks. Fact is, I’m finding myself more and more infatuated with gardens in the city. I halfheartedly tried to break out from gardener to naturalist, but found that isn’t where my strengths lie. A plant community on the scale of a mixed forest is stimulation overload for me. Cannot process. Can only just take it in and enjoy. Totally unable to crea...
Tags: Gardening, Chicago, Don, Michigan Avenue, Gerber, Lake Shore Drive, Prairies, Lincoln Park Zoo, Real Gardens, Lurie Garden, People City Gardens Now


A world of meh (with notable exceptions): the midsize garden show

I did like this stacked stone circle from last year’s Plantasia. Garden installations crammed into windowless domes and convention centers in the middle of winter always feel so desperate to me. Maybe it’s the lighting, which is horrific, especially if you’re trying to take photos. Maybe it’s the predictable collection of plants, which consist of forced bulbs, a few shrubs, and a limited selection of perennials. Maybe it’s how the “plant materials” are generally there for the purpose of acces...
Tags: Gardening, Tricks, Designs, and Schemes, Plantasia Garden


Eventide -- Robert's View

[Author: Vicki Lane]
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How to Repot Your Plants

Despite what Instagram would have you believe, plant parenting is hard. There are so many questions to answer. Are you watering too much? Not enough? Is the light in your space bright, indirect, or low? What is soil rot? Why is everything dying?Read more...
Tags: Gardening, Instagram, Home Decor, Plants, Lifehacks, Container Plants


The Leader as Gardener

“Well-oiled machine.” For most of the time I’ve been in business, that was the metaphor for organizations. Leaders designed machines. Other leaders operated machines. And the machines themselves? Well, they were made up of interchangeable parts. If a part broke or if a part wore out, all you had to do was replace it with another part. That metaphor comes from the early Industrial Age. It made sense then, but it makes little sense now. Leaders aren’t super-powerful beings that design and operate ...
Tags: Gardening, Leadership, Plants, Managing People, PHOENIX Arizona, Leading teams, Team Development, Sequim Washington


Josie and the New Stuff

[Author: Vicki Lane]
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The First Blooms of 2019

D esperate times call for desperate measures. And who is more desperate than the cold climate gardener who’s been inundated with social media images of spring flowers blooming in warmer climates? Thank goodness my “desperate measures” are already in place. I’ve been planting early blooming bulbs where the snow melts first for several years. And every time the snow starts to melt, I check all those places for signs of emerging sprouts. Yes, I check during every thaw, even the January and Febr...
Tags: Facebook, Gardening, Carol, Arnott, What's up/blooming, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, Galanthus, Hellebores, Snowdrops, Mud Season, Cyclamen, Eranthis, Winter Aconites, Crocuses, Amaryllis, Elizabeth Lawrence


Six on Saturday – 16 March 2019

Yes, I know it’s Sunday but as ever I have failed to get my act together to do a post on Saturday – it is what it is. In any case Saturday was definitely not a gardening day with extreme winds and rainy showers but this was all right as I went to my monthly... Read More
Tags: Gardening, March, My Garden, Front garden, 2019, Hyacinth, Hughes border, Stone Wall, No More Lawn


Stirrings . . .

[Author: Vicki Lane]
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A Handsome Roo

[Author: Vicki Lane]
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Evergreens in Stock Now – Just BUY Them

I stopped by my favorite independent garden center yesterday to see what’s in stock and honestly, just to be among beautiful plants – green ones – and I wasn’t disappointed. The shrub department looked ready for spring already, and truckloads are still arriving as I type. (I may go back this weekend to see what the truck from conifer specialist Iseli Nursery in Oregon delivers; I visited once and was duly wow’ed.) Seeing nurseries and gardens in mid-March, just before they erupt with color, ma...
Tags: Gardening, Oregon, Darling, It's the Plants, Ottos, Cherry Laurel, Iseli Nursery, Otto Luykens, Grey Guardian, Goshiki Osmanthus, Pieris Japonica Mountain Fire, Colorado Spruce Mountain Laurels


March Mudness

As basketball fans anticipate March Madness, gardeners anticipate the mud season as a final mental toughness test for the time between late winter and early spring. March’s muddiness can be just another hoop to jump through to get to the brightness of springtime. With so much rain and snow through the fall and winter, this year is shaping up to be a grand mud season. It is easy now to see the importance of ground covers and mulches such as shredded leaves for these conditions because they sure l...
Tags: Gardening, Flowers, March, Gardens, Mud, What's Blooming, Springtime, Seasonal Change, Along the Garden Path


Garden events in the San Fernando Valley, March 15-22

  Ipomoea alba (Photo by Ed!/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.   MARCH 15   Tomatomania! at Tapia Brothers: Tomato seedlings, almost 300 varieties, for sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today, and also March 16-17. Check website for daily lectures on growing tomatoes. 5251 Hayvenhurst Ave., Encino. 818-905-6155. www.tomatomania.com Santa Barbara Internationa...
Tags: Gardening, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Pasadena, Local News, Santa Barbara, Southern California, Busch Gardens, San Fernando Valley, Descanso Gardens, Pacific Palisades, Glendale Ave, Adolphus, Adamson House


My Ancestry DNA by Fred LaMotte

  My Ancestry DNA results came in.  Just as I suspected, my great great grandfather was a monarch butterfly. Much of who I am is still wriggling under a stone.I am part larva, but part hummingbird too. There is dinosaur tar in my bone marrow. My golden hair sprang out of a meadow in Palestine. Genghis Khan is my fourth cousin,but I didn't get his dimples. My loins are loaded with banyan seeds from Sri Lanka,but I descended from Ravanna, not Ram. My uncle is a m...
Tags: Gardening, Sweden, Sri Lanka, Botswana, Savannah, Don, Vicki Lane, Fred LaMotte, Palestine Genghis Khan, Ravanna