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* In sunny southern California, USDA zone 10

* Heavy, clay adobe, alkaline soil.  I use a pitchfork, elbow grease and compost to improve my soil.

* One compost pile in a container from a cool LA County Water Conservation program

* Average 7 inches of rainfall a year.  Not big on watering either!

fridgeThis is what it's all about

theGardenPages was started by a single mom trying to keep the fridge full for The Teenager.

I love gardening and that's how my gardening site was born!

I can't answer all your gardening questions,
but you can still send me a note via: angelcityart at gmail dot com

Drop by my Southern California Gardening Blog...

theGardenPages Southern California Gardening Blog
Keep up to date on what's blooming in the garden and
ask questions about the articles or plants you've read about here!

Gardening Art for Planty People

theGardenPages buy gardener sayings and artworkDrop in and browse my gardening art store on Zazzle!

You can now personalize any design!
  All my designs come on totes, T-shirts, art cards, canning labels, mugs and other fun products plus you are helping to support this site and keep it growing.  Visit and say hello!

Visit my garden and collectibles store on eCrater

Home, Garden and Plant Store
buy plants garden and home products at MomsRetro on ecrater

My new store is open under my MomsRetro brand banner.
  It goes with my retro art and cooking website,

What is eCrater?  A selling venue where people like me can sell their plants, collectibles, books or other treasures to kind people like you.  Nicer, better than you-know-where!

Follow Me on Twitter (I'm AngelCityArt)

Other Stuff I've Been Doing:

moms retro cooking tips and art
I love cooking, collecting , retro and kitchen art, so I've mixed them together and cooked up my other site, MomsRetro...

Welcome to Los Angeles USA
Photos, hidden gems, history, gossip and lore from LA and California, plus new & vintage artwork, western sunsets and funny slogans all inspired by my hometown, The City of the Angels, Los Angeles at AngelCityArt...

I'm getting addicted to this new Squidoo thingy and you can get a lot of info and resources all on one page.  Please drop by and leave me a note!

Rosemary Squidoo Page
My Lovely Lavender Page
My Squidoo Lensmaster Page (AngelCityArt)

Questions?  Send me a note through my fresh filtered account: AngelCityArt at gmail dot com

View All My Syndicated Home and Gardening Articles

All content ŠLauraZinkan 2010
Thanks to a few bad apples stealing my bandwidth and getting me in trouble,
I am now forced to put up this snippy disclaimer:

These images are intended for use as wallpaper on personal computers ONLY.  I wanted people to have a nice image on their desktop to look at while their boss is screaming at them.
You are not allowed to reproduce images without permission (and a licensing agreement). You are NOT ALLOWED to link to these images. Doing so will subject you to bad karma and ill wishes from all the innocent gardeners who have to wade through this paragraph just to get to the good haworthia bits.

A Garden For Your Desktop

Relax with a nice garden photo wallpaper on your computer.
These plants are happy in my garden so I thought I'd share them with you.  Read more about these and other succulents plants and water saving shrubs on my Succulents and Native Plant page.

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French LavendertheGardenPages lavender plant wallpaper by theGardenPages

French lavender (Lavandula dentata) blooms almost all year and is drought tolerant.  It takes full sun to partial shade. 

In my garden, it gets compost for fertilizer and to keep the moisture in.  I give it a little water during the hottest part of summer.  USDA Zones 5-9.

It reaches 3 to 4 tall and 4 to 6 feet wide with narrow green or gray green leaves.  The purple flowers are 1-1 1/2" long.   The flowers are great in fresh arrangements, or can be dried just by hanging.

Lavender is a great insect repellent. Wrap up a few blossoms in a piece of fabric and place in your drawers.  I tuck sprigs into my woodpile to keep out bugs.  Lavender has been used in love potions for centuries.  It is also worn to attract love and elevate mood.  Read more about these fragrant plants on my Lavender Growing Tips Page...

Haworthia CorrectatheGardenPages haworthia plant photo

I just love these little gems.  And they are growing a cult following.  Their leafs are translucent, so they seem to glow from the inside when the sun hits them just right.  They are deep emerald green to light lime green.  The tips of their leaves are like windows looking into the green jelly inside. 

Outdoors, succulent Haworthia plants like shade from the hottest sun or they get orange and burned. Indoors, try them on a bright windowsill out of direct sunlight.  If you are lucky they will reward you with a single white flower on top of a 12” stalk in the winter.  The flower has just two trumpet shaped petals.  Exquisite. USDA Zones 10-11.  Read more about Haworthia on my Succulents and Native Plant Page...

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California Plants and Gardens
California Plants: Toyon
Care of Succulent Plants
Acacia Trees
Aloe Vera Care
Container Gardening
Crassula Capitella: Campfire
Crassula Ovata: Jade Plants
Crassula Portulacea: Gollum
Crassula Rupestris: Rosary Plant
Crassula Tetragona
Desert Willow: Chilopsis
Flower Meanings
Haworthia: Window Plant
Heirloom Plants
Herbs: Bay Laurel
Herbs: Lavender
Herbs: Rosemary
Herbs: Sage Plants
Herbs: Thyme
How to Root Succulent Plants
Kalanchoe Plants
Opuntia:  Prickly Pear Cactus
Organic Gardening
Pomegranate Trees
Portulacaria: Baby Jade
Screen Plants
The Emerald Isle
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Water Woes
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Gardening T-shirts, totes and more at
my online store:

Pink and Yellow Vintage Botanical Roses
Pink and Yellow Antique Botanical Rose Art

Antique reproduction of pink tea and Persian yellow roses botanical artwork with blue butterflies
Heirloom Gardens Seed Saver Gardener Saying Heirloom Gardens Vintage Veggie Art Seed Saver Saying
Heirloom Gardens Seed of Yesterday, Feeding the Future, saying for vintage fruit and vegetable seed savers and growers.
Organic Go Green Nature Saying
Organic Green Garden Saying on canning stickers and more

An environmentally friendly green slogan for gardeners, cooks and Earth or Arbor Day celebrations.

grow your mind bookmark for gardeners and teachers

Encourage Reading with a Fun Free Bookmark!

Here's a little bookmark for you to print out.  At first glance, it looks like a  topiary plant in a pot.  Look closer and you notice it reads;

Read a book.

You can drag it to your desktop and copy it into a Word document.

Teachers; this will look fine if you want to print it in greyscale. 

Print a few on card stock and pass them out to the class!

Links to Western Native
Plant Nurseries and Garden Organizations

A few seed and plant sites I've discovered over time.  They either have great info on western US natives, drought tolerant plants or succulents & cacti.  I don't get paid for their links, I'm just happy to spread the good word.  Some sites have information about current threats to native plant environments and what you can do to help! 

Since you're feeling plant-y, I encourage you to join and support the local native plant society for your state or region.  You can find a plant society in your area by searching on 'native plant society + your state name' in Google.

California Native Plant Society (CNPS)
California TreeLink The Community Forestry Resource
Far West Bulb Farm (California Native Bulb growers) Home Page
GardenWitchery - Cute page with info on 'planting by the moon' and an illustrated Moon Phase Calendar
J. L. Hudson, Seedsman - my absolute favorite 'underground' seed company now has an online site! (Relax, he still doesn't have a phone and typsets his seed catalogue without computers.) Unique flowers, desert vegetables traded on treks into Indian territory, heirloom tomatoes from frozen Siberia, info on sustainable living, seed saving & germination research
Las Pilitas Nursery - Cool nursery and amazing information on natives.  Here's a page on California native plants used by California butterflies with pictures!
Plants of the Southwest
Redwood City Seed Company
Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants
Urban Bee Gardens - Find out how you can help save the bees!
US Arboretum's Online USDA Zone Map.
US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service - Database on how plants are effected by fire, which are good for fire resistance and info on invasive species
US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Concervation Service, Plants Database - Database on US plants, temperatures and endangered species information
Western Native Seed - Western wildflowers and grass seed

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