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Dry Quince

Friday, December 14th, 2007

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Beautiful shrub. One just has to be careful of its thornsquince-dry-bb-30-img_2965.jpgo

RED DOGWOOD

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

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The Red Dogwood, Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Chief’ is a bit tempermental in my area which is good for mostly Zone 8 though we are close to Zone 9. It does not grow as fast or as well as the native plant or some of the white hybrids. I keep it heavily mulched and feed it azalea-camillia fertilizer twice a year. It is near a high pine over-story so that it gets light in the morning and a good portion of the day. I am quite fond of this as it has taken several plants to find the optimal location in my yard.It has been well worth it!!!red-dogwood-for-dedication-page-crop-bbb-img_4136.jpg

Camelia japonica variegated hybrid

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

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The second picture to appear in my new book is of Camelia japonica Edna Bass which has just been watered. I keep my camelia garden well mulched with pine straw and bark . The garden is beneath a high pine over-story. I fertilize with azalea-camelia fertilizer twice a year . I water if it has been dry and frequently during the blooming season. (My season is long as I have enough plants to have early to late bloomers or about 4 months or more of blossoms). C. sinensis is the plant that tea comes from.

Japanese Magnolias–the wrap-around cover of Zen of Watering Your garden

Friday, November 16th, 2007

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The photo below is of part of the wrap-around cover of one of my Japanese magnolias. The whole photo is is in the October 21 posting. In the photo the tree has just been watered and the flowers glisten with droplets. this is most assuredly a hybrid. When you plant these trees or any trees you need to have a good tagging system. I have lost the name of this hybrid. I fertilize twice a year around the heavily mulched tree. I only water when it has been dry two weeks (a survival of the fittest practice) as it is a good distance from any of the gardens for the brief but beautiful vista it presents when it blooms. Does anyone know the cultural or historical meaning of these in Japan or China???

Welcome Gardeners, Former Gardeners & Future Gardeners To A New Zen-Like Experience

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

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WELCOME to the home site of the Zen of Watering Your Garden.

Japanese Magnolias

This book will inspire you to hand-water your garden bringing you a Zen-like experience, and closeness to Nature‚Äôs wonders and your soul. This book is the culmination of four years of photographic work by myself and others and of a year of my writing and selecting other writer’s and well-know figures’ comments about watering, gardening, and Zen Buddhism. The result is the beautiful and thought provoking book. Join me into entering the ZEN OF WATERING YOUR GARDENS