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Climate change keeps changing the game for home gardeners

By DEAN FOSDICK Every year now, gardeners should be rethinking what they grow and where because of climate change, experts say. The growing season has become longer, delivering bigger harvests but requiring more weeding and controls. Plants are under stress because of rising temperatures, less frequent but more intense precipitation, and changed pest and disease problems. Flowers and the insects that pollinate them are falling out of sync. “Conditions have become more challenging for gardeners s...
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Master Gardener: Diagnosing black spots on roses

Q: I live on the peninsula in OC.  My rose bushes’ leaves have developed black spots. My soil is very sandy.  Could a lack of nutrients in the soil cause this problem?   A: Black spot on roses is caused by a fungus (Diplocarpon rosae). If left uncontrolled, it can weaken the plant and make it susceptible to other diseases. Black spot can be prevented by early morning watering and taking care not to wet the leaves. Rake up fallen leaves and prune away diseased foliage. Dispose of any fungal-conta...
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Summer fruit is ripening fast in the heat: Here’s what to do

1. As fast-growing shrubbery next to walkways and houses grows beyond its proper bounds and gets in the way, trim it back to shape. However, don’t just hedge-sheer or whack indiscriminately; that results in a bundle of sticks rather than a leafy pretty plant. Cut back each offending branch to a leaf or side-stem well within the acceptable boundary so there’s room for new sprouts to grow several inches. This way the plants will retain an attractive and more natural appearance and be polite at the...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Home + Garden

This gardening challenge may require you to hedge your bets

Would you be kind enough to recommend several very fast-growing hedges that need only half a day of sunlight? I would like them to remain full and close to the ground as they grow. They will be in a row about 55 feet by 5 feet tall. We have poor clay soil. — Gerta McKeehan, West Hills You have a double challenge with only half-day sun and clay soil. For this reason, I would be cautious about committing to a single plant species for such a long hedge. Plant two or three different species in the f...
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A Reward for Early Rising

[Author: Vicki Lane]
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It’s Our Big Rock. So What If It’s Not the Biggest Rock in the World?

  Big Rock Tai Chi Club, May 2020 I have spent nearly 20 years at the Big Rock corner of Louisville’s Cherokee Park. I meet here regularly with my Big Rock Tai Chi Club to practice Yang Family-Style Tai Chi. Big Rock is not our exclusive Shangri-La, as it is open to families, picnickers, plein air painters, guitar pickers, skulking teenagers, nature lovers and us. The Big Rockers (my tai chi group) has grown smaller in the last few years, but our energy (chi) is undiminished. Nine or fewer ...
Tags: Gardening, Kentucky, Virginia, Tai Chi, Louisville, Pat, Ohio Valley, Allen, Shangri La, Waldron, John James Audubon, Yucca, Gary Snyder, Yunnan, Camassia, What's Happening

Beeing Here--and a Question for the Hive Mind

Down in the garden yesterday, I was delighted to see numerous wild honeybees working the white clover. A hopeful sign for this small portion of the planet, And now my question: I'm working with Malaprop's, Asheville's iconic bookseller, to plan a virtual October launch  for AND THE CROWS TOOK THEIR EYES. The event will be streamed live at 6 pm EST -- either on Friday the 16th or on Tuesday the 20th. So, what I want to know is . . . If this is something you might be inte...
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Josie and the Very Ordinary Day

When Meema makes pancakes, which is mostly, she always makes one last big one and leaves it in the pan. She says it is for the dogs but I like to sneak and get it for myself.  I took it back to The Room where some of my babies were having a tea party and I shared it with them. Octalia was on the bed playing ball with some more of my babies. Meema let me take this picture. Octalia is the best babysitter because she can hold them all with her long arms. They are called tentac...
Tags: Gardening, Josie, Vicki Lane, Meema, Octalia

A Home-Grown Alternative

I’ve recently been contributing the text for a book about high-end landscapes in the Hamptons, that playground of the wealthy at the eastern tip of New York’s Long Island.  A couple of features unite almost all of these retreats.  There has to be a huge “resort-style” swimming pool, of course, and beside that a large arbor for lounging made of ipé wood. Ipé is a tropical hardwood from Amazonia.  Aside from its handsome appearance – its rich, dark color has earned it the nickname “Brazilian walnu...
Tags: Gardening, New York, Massachusetts, Uncategorized, United States, Greenpeace, North Carolina, Long Island, Hamptons, Northeast, Amazonia, IPE, Gardening on the Planet, Black Locust, Coney Island NY, Sustainable Lumber

Community meetings – online – in the San Fernando Valley, July 6-13

  Murals painted by Lawrence Middle School and the Chatsworth Fine Arts Council adorn part of the pathway along the Orange Line Pedestrian and Bike path in Chatsworth. (File photo by David Crane, Daily News/SCNG)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal and community enrichment. Here is a sampling of upcoming online meetings.   Grandma’s Kitchen – Health & Wisdom: Canoga Park Branch Library pre...
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After the Rain

[Author: Vicki Lane]
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Celebrating the 4th In the Garden

Out to the garden before the temps get unbearable. John had tilled around the watermelon and butternut squash, but we were late getting our garden in and I'm trying to hand weed close up so these babies have no competition. A weed's eye view as I sat and scooched along through the dirt. I can hoe better sitting down as my back begins to complain after about fifteen minutes of upright hoeing. Whatever works. "A weed is a flower in the wrong place." On the other side ...
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Win “The Earth in Her Hands” by Jennifer Jewell

It seems so long ago now but I do remember that Marianne and I were excited to hear Jennifer Jewell talk about her new book – The Earth in He Hands – 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants – at the Smithsonian. That was in late March, so you all know what happened to the event. At least I was able to hear our colleague Tom Christopher’s excellent interview with Jennifer about the book – the interview that convinced me I really should read the book because it features such an inte...
Tags: Books, Gardening, India, Earth, North America, Eric Garner, Amy, Jennifer, Marianne, Susan Harris, Australia Japan, Jamaica Kincaid, Elizabeth Licata, Who's Ranting About Us, Amy Stewart, Michele Owens

On This Fourth of July

The words of the Founders, from the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Ri...
Tags: Gardening, America, South, Vicki Lane

4th of July Rose

I think this rose is supposed to look like 4th of July fireworks. Red and white striped is certainly appropriate, and it's a vigorous climber with canes of 12 to 14 feet that would stand out in any garden. A 1999 All-America Rose Selection, 'Fourth of July' was the first... [Author: Jane Berger]
Tags: Gardening, Holidays, Plants, Roses, 4th Of July, Garden Design, Jane Berger, Weeks Roses, July Rose, All America Rose Selection Fourth

Learn How to Make Bee-Friendly Gardens at This Free Online Workshop

Along with knitting, puzzles and baking, gardening has become another popular pandemic pastime. The sale of seeds has skyrocketed, and regardless of whether people have a giant backyard or a tiny fire escape in the city, they’ve been getting into the weeds (mostly to pull them). Read more...
Tags: Gardening, Bees, Lifehacks, Online Classes

Reading in the Time of Pandemic

   I've been chipping away at The Travels for some time now. The prose isn't exactly compelling -- there's a lot of repetition as in the people are idolaters or the country supplies the necessaries of life in great abundance or, much like grade school geography,  perfunctory lists of what each area produces: ginger, raw silk, tissues of silver and gold, frankincense . . . One is constantly reminded that Polo was first and foremost a merchant.  But his observations on the customs of th...
Tags: Silk Road, Gardening, US, Afghanistan, Xanadu, Coleridge, Cathay, Kublai Khan, Vicki Lane, Dorothy L Sayers, G Wodehouse, LeGuin

Books: Celebrating Women

Designers will likely know many of the women profiled in this book, but in The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants (Timber Press, 2020), author Jennifer Jewell introduces us to many more women working in the general field of horticulture. Each woman gets... [Author: Jane Berger]
Tags: Gardening, Earth, Landscape Architecture, Botanical Gardens, Horticulture, Garden Design, Jane Berger, Floral Design, Garden Photography, Garden Writers, Jennifer Jewell

Master Gardener: How to get fruit on a pineapple guava tree

Q: I have two pineapple guava trees that are three and four years old.  Both trees had many blossoms last year, but less than ten this year.  Neither tree has produced any fruit yet.  I water and fertilize them regularly.  They get full sun in the morning and partial afternoon sun. What can I do to get fruit? A: Feijoas (or pineapple guavas) are a popular landscape shrub or small tree. They are not especially fast-growing, so it’s easy to keep them small and manageable. They benefit from weekly ...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Coolidge, Privet, Ron Finley, Feijoas, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden

What I learned from Ron Finley, LA’s ‘gangsta gardener’

Perhaps bromeliads hold the key to bringing peace and brotherhood to a fractured world. After all, the two share a first syllable, and the plant is eminently suitable for sharing as it displays a growth habit where offsets or pups are produced vegetatively around the mother plant before her death. These pups could be shared with friends and even with those who are not yet friends — but could be. I was enlightened about the plant and more during a visit with Ron Finley, who calls himself “The Gan...
Tags: Gardening, Africa, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Madagascar, Lapd, Los Angeles City Council, Concord, Los Angeles Daily News, Finley, Ron Finley, Los Angeles Daily News SCNG, Home + Garden, Hamlin Street

Make magic happen for your garden hollyhocks with this little trick

1. Happy Fourth of July! Dead-head your roses whenever the aging flowers shatter. Dead-heading is the term for cutting off old blooms. Removing old flowers promotes higher-quality reblooming every six to eight weeks. Cut back to the first five-leaflet leaf low on the stem, or, to make it simpler, cut off all but about three inches of the spent flowering stem. Apply some rose food and water it in well. Then your roses will have the freedom to flower more beautifully. 2. Here’s the best way to kee...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Home + Garden, Top Stories WDN, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories PSN

Josie has Braids--and Meets Igorina--with Social Distancing

My mom fixed my hair in braids for Family Dinner Up. I like the way they look.   Meema had something to show me but first I had to get a banana for a before dinner snack. Then Meema took me to meet Igorina. She lives in the bathroon where my potty is. In this picture she is on one of my poop books. (That is what it is called because I read it sometimes when I sit on the potty.) Igorina is a Wolf Spider. And she is carrying a big white sac full of spider eggs. When it hat...
Tags: Gardening, Josie, Vicki Lane, Meema, Igorina

A Gentle Plea for Chaos

Is there any reason to welcome chaos? It is the inevitable balance to stagnant order. In the Grand Garden, chaos is vitally necessary for life to thrive. Mary Vaananen joins us for her 4th Guest Rant. Moody chaos in the author’s garden THE BRITISH AUTHOR Mirabel Osler’s wonderful book was published in the 1980s, a time when British gardening was of a certain tidy proper look. Mirabel’s gentle plea was for gardeners to allow the magic back into their gardens by handing back the reins (just a...
Tags: Gardening, Florida, Texas, Minnesota, France, Germany, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Louisville, Pomona, Lurie, Osler, Louis XIV, Christopher Lloyd, Ruel, Pomona College

And , , ,More Daylilies

[Author: Vicki Lane]
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Mystery Readers Journal and Miss Birdie

Law, hit's good to see you, honey. Come on up here and git you a chair on that end of the porch. I'll set myself over here and we'll holler back and forth. I'm doing just fine. Calven has been doing what little shopping I need and I ain't in need of much. This flu thing is hitting the old folks hard and I praise mercy I ain't in a nursing home. And it's a good thing I ain't going out for if I saw some of those folks that won't wear masks, carrying on like they do, I believe I'd take my wa...
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Abutilon megapotamicum 'Variegatum' Arguably the most ornamental of all Abutilon species and selected cultivars, Abutilon megapotamicum 'Variegatum' is stunning yellow-mottled leaf form of the popular trailing abutilon, with slender, arching shoots. . The original species is a native to Brazil and was introduced to English gardens in 1804. Unfortunately there is little information on the introduction of the 'Variegatum' cultivar.Despite its subtropical origins Abutilon megapotamicum 'Va...
Tags: Gardening, United Kingdom, Brazil, Royal Horticultural Society, John Innes, Simon Eade, Variegatum, Garden Merit, Abutilon, Abutilon megapotamicum Variegatum, ABUTILON KENTISH BELLE

New Website in the Making

It was time and past time for a new/updated website. I finally bit the proverbial bullet and have hired a fella to bring the site up to speed. With a new book coming out in October (finally!) and with little prospect of actual in person events to promote And the Crows Took Their Eyes, a good website seems crucial. So I've spent most of yesterday (it was rainy) creating new content for the new pages and searching my files for pictures to adorn them.  HOME was simple -- book cov...
Tags: Gardening, Massacre, Vicki, Birdie, Vicki Lane

A Poem by Tu Fu

The days grow long, the mountains Beautiful. The south wind blows Over blossoming meadows. Newly arrivedswallows dart Over the steaming marshes. Ducks in pairs drowse on the warm sand.   Tu Fu, 713-779                                                                 (  translation by Kenneth Rexroth) [Author: Vicki Lane]
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The SEO Garden: A Letter to the Midwest

June 26, 2020 Lovettsville, VA Dear Scott, Well, as your letter writing skills are obviously taking second place to your Facebook overshares, I thought I would pick up the baton (as most women must do in this life), and nudge you with its slightly nubby end. The bananas are beginning to cook. I enjoyed your latest Rant about things in the gardening world that you love and loathe, but erased my pithy comment about 600 characters in, feeling it was better to start a new, more focused, discussi...
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In the Garden

I hesitate to say anything for fear of putting a jinx on it, but the garden is coming along. I've been suckering the tomatoes and removing their low-hanging leaves in hopes of slowing down the ever present blight by better air circulation. Also, some hoeing and weeding . . . The temperature's been moderate (low eighties) and it's been a real pleasure to be outside digging in the dirt. This bed with zinnias and little onions required hand weeding so I unched along on my rear...
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