Lavender In The Neighborhood via Instagram

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Lavender In The Neighborhood

Lavender In The Neighborhood via Instagram

Lavender (lavendula) does well here in the Mediterranean climate of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Even better, it is one of my wife’s favorite plants both for its look and its scent. I often bring a bundle into the house just to enjoy it. 

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Carabus (?) Beetle In The Garden via Instagram

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Carabus (?) Beetle In The Garden

Carabus (?) Beetle In The Garden via Instagram

When you start working in the garden and get down close to the soil, you notice things that might not otherwise catch your eye. Such was the case with this bill. I’ve never really seen them in the garden before, but he was quite obvious as he skittered amongst the leaves of grass in the neighbors lawn. 

I’m not sure of the exact species of beetle but I think carabus is the proper Genus. 
Let me know if you can identify this beetle more fully.

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A Purple Iris In The Rose Garden via Instagram

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A Purple Iris In The Rose Garden

A Purple Iris In The Rose Garden via Instagram

Who says you can only have roses in a rose garden? There were a number of striking iris there, too. 
From the @calpolypomona rose garden. I think it at nearly the height of its bloom. It took me over an hour to work my way around the garden. 

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How to help fireproof your home before the next big wildfire via The Los Angeles Times

Even cool, grey, and slightly rainy, days, fires are already starting to crop up around Southern California. Check out these tips to make your home even more fire safe. — Douglas

How to help fireproof your home before the next big wildfire via The Los Angeles Times

How to help fireproof your home before the next big wildfire

As Los Angeles homeowners prepare to trim grass, weeds and trees for the annual brush clearance inspections in May and June, the L.A. County Fire Department’s Forestry Division advises moving beyond standard procedures when it comes to reducing wildfire risk.“The state is trying to pull away from the term ‘brush clearance’ and change the mind-set,” says Assistant Chief J. Lopez. “Clearing brush is going to help, but that puts the blame on brush only.”

So what should homeowners do? “Harden your homes,” Lopez says. “The best chance for a home to survive is by protecting the first 30 feet surrounding the home. We know it works.”

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Annual catalogue of seeds and plants by Schlegel & Fottler – 23 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old seed catalogs (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs. I’ll be sharing more catalogs as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

Historical Seed Catalogs: Annual catalogue of seeds and plants by Schlegel & Fottler – 23 in a series

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NOVELTIES AND SPECIALTIES. The Hersey Strawberry. LATEST FIRST PRIZE VARIETY. This strawberry originated at Hingham, Mass., some five years ago, it being a seedling, grown by Mr. Samuel Hersey of that town. It attracted so- much local attention that its ori- ginator soon learned that it had unusual value as a new and dis- tinct variety ; and after securing several first prizes at local ex- hibitions, it was also awarded first prize at the Strawberry Ex- hibition of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society last season.

 
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Power Perennials: Plants that Thrive No Matter What via Better Homes & Gardens

I much prefer perennials in my garden as they provide so much beauty for relatively little attention — returning year-after-year just when you need it most. I have a wide variety in my garden from bulbs to flowering trees to azaleas and more. Here are a few more perennials ideas for your garden, — Douglas
 

Add some flower power to your garden this year with any of these tough-as-nails perennial bloomers. No green thumb required!

Historical Garden Books: Gardening illustrated: A weekly journal for amateurs and gardeners by W. (William) Robinson (1879) – 37 in a Series

Archive.org has a host of old gardening books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs. I’ll be sharing more catalogs as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

Historical Garden Books: Gardening illustrated: A weekly journal for amateurs and gardeners by W. (William) Robinson (1879) – 37 in a Series

Historical Garden Books:  Gardening illustrated: A weekly journal for amateurs and gardeners by W. (William) Robinson (1879) - 37 in a SeriesHistorical Garden Books:  Gardening illustrated: A weekly journal for amateurs and gardeners by W. (William) Robinson (1879) - 37 in a Series

Historical Garden Books:  Gardening illustrated: A weekly journal for amateurs and gardeners by W. (William) Robinson (1879) - 37 in a SeriesHistorical Garden Books:  Gardening illustrated: A weekly journal for amateurs and gardeners by W. (William) Robinson (1879) - 37 in a Series

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A Weekly Journal for Amateurs and Gardeners.

FOUNDED BY W. ROBINSON, ;

Author of “ The English Flower Garden “ The Wild Garden “ Hardy Flowers “Alpine Flowers efrc. Founder of “ The Garden ” “Farm and Home.”

“ You See, Sweet Maid, We Marry A Gentle Scion To The Wildest Stock And Make Conceive A Bark Of Baser. Kind By Bi D Of Nobler. Race : Change It Rather ; But The Art Itself Is Nature.” — Shakespeare.

“Call The Vales And Bid Them Hither Cast Their Bells And Flowerets Of A Thousand Hues.” — Milton.

YOL. XIV., FEBRUARY 25, 1893.

London :

OFFICE 37, SOUTHAMPTON STREET, COVENT GARDEN, W.C. 

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Hibiscus In the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan via Instagram

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Hibiscus In the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan

Shining out against the darkness of the shade in the garden, this hibiscus almost glows.
This garden is hemmed in By buildings on each side and isn’t particularly large, but new vistas were always opening up as you walked about.


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Stinkbug (Nezara viridula) in the garden via Instagram

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Stinkbug (Nezara viridula) in the garden

I was out attacking the overgrown grass and weeds in the front yard when I happened on this insect. I used the Seek iOS app to narrow it down and then Wikipedia to completely identify it. 


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Historical Seed Catalogs: Stokes seeds – 1918 for large vegetable growers – 22 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old seed catalogs (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs. I’ll be sharing more catalogs as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

Historical Seed Catalogs: Stokes seeds – 1918 for large vegetable growers – 22 in a series

 

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THE COLORS ARE FLYING HERE AT WINDERMOOR FARM

For portentous events have occurred since last Good Friday and, although the task before us is a long, hard one, we must see it through with a fine heart. The year has passed here with a satisfactory record of accomplishment. Some of our men have joined the colors, others of us have been told officially to keep at the business of seed production. Windermoor Farm has done well, better than ever before; but only about five per cent of our supply can be grown here. The other ninety-five per cent is a dif- ferent story. A severe European winter, a torrid California summer, early September frosts in Mich- igan and Minnesota, the general shortage of labor, and the prevailing high market prices have affected the world’s seed supply more seriously than ever before. The demand is very heavy; the stock in hand is very short, and it is held by growers at extremely high prices; therefore, the resulting increased cost of seed and, in many cases, difficulty of obtaining it at any price. Seedsmen and vegetable-growers are not being singled out for hardships. For every American this war means new and difficult undertakings. Our “lives of mediocre endeavor” are no more, for there is a war to be won, and food will win the war. Right here lies the great opportunity for every vegetable-grower who is big enough to overcome difficulties caused by the scarcity and high cost of labor, fertilizer, and seed. In laying your plans for the coming year, keep this one fact paramount in your mind, that the United States Food Administration is going to do everything in its power to advo- cate the more general use of fresh vegetables in order to conserve the grain and meat supply. Business the country over is good.

Almost every man is at work with high wages, and this means unquestionably a strong market all through the season. Lay your plans carefully and well. Bring your organization up to the greatest possible efficiency. Above all, take no chances of crop failure because of poor seed. There will be some of this on the market this year, for there never have been so many seed crop failures in the history of the trade. Aside from the total elimination of certain varieties, we believe we are in a position to care for our normal demand. If this should increase very materially, our supply will not hold out. The careful planter will look after his seed supply very early in the season. As seedsmen and vegetable-growers, we have a great opportunity to serve the country together. We must prove ourselves big enough to meet this opportunity. “Are We Downhearted? No!”

STOKES SEED FARMS COMPANY

Publication date 1918
Publisher Moorestown, N.J. : Stokes Seed Farms
Digitizing sponsor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Contributor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Language English
Volume 1918
 
 
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