The Descanso Garden Club provides an opportunity for members of the local community to increase their knowledge and enjoyment of all aspects of gardening and horticulture.

Regular meetings are held at the Descanso Library from 4:30 to 6:00 on the second Thursday of each month. Our meetings usually feature interesting presentations on a wide variety of gardening-related topics.Club members are encouraged to share their gardening knowledge and expertise at meetings, particularly in helping to identify those plants, trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables which are most compatible with our local growing conditions.

The club also schedules field trips to nurseries, flower shows, greenhouses, and other places of interest. Volunteer projects, such as our daffodil planting program, make a positive contribution to the community.

Membership is open to all community residents, and guests are welcome to attend our meetings. Whatever your particular gardening interest: flower gardening, vegetable gardening, herb gardening, orchid cultivation, landscaping, house plants, flower arranging, garden art, etc., the Descanso Garden Club has something to offer you.

Please send a note to webmaster if you have something special blooming or feeding in your garden now.

April Blooms in Descanso

Pam's lovely redbud tree.

April Blooms in Descanso (All the plants listed last month are still in bloom.)

Perennials and Annuals

calla lilies - For more information, go to Summer Flowering Bulbs for Descanso and Check out the link to Pacific Bulb Society.

Coral Bells - For more information, go to Coral Flower for Descanso Gardens.

Spanish Lavender (Lavender Stoechas) - For more information, go to Lavender for Descanso Gardens


Jupiter's Beard (Centranthus rubra) - For more information, go to Centranthus for Descanso Gardens

Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa atropurpurea) -
For more information, go to Pincushion Flower for Descanso Gardens
 

Sage (Salvia )- For more information, go to Sages for Descanso Gardens

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia grandiflora)- For more information, go to Blanket Flower for Descanso Gardens
Shrubs

Lilac (Syringia) For more information, go to Lilacs for Descanso Gardens

Red Hot Poker or Torch Flower (Kniphofia) For more information, go to Red Hot Pokers for Descanso Gardens

Camelia - We do not have an article for Camelias. Please send one to Webmaster if these are your passion.

Rock Rose (Cistus) - For more information, go to Rockroses for Descanso Gardens

Honeysuckle (Lonicera)- For more information, go to Honeysuckle for Descanso Gardens

Roses - For more information, go to Roses for Descanso Gardens
Natives
California Poppy
California Poppies - an annual native with
many garden varieties. Blooms from now until late fall. - For more information,
go to Natives for Descanso Gardens.


Lupines - We do not have an article for Lupines. Please send one to Webmaster if native plants are your passion.

Phacelia - We do not have an article for Phacelia. Please send one to Webmaster if native plants are your passion.

Mountain Lilac (Ceanothus) - For more information, go to Ceanothus for Descanso Gardens

Trees:

Magnolia

Also seen: Plum and Cherry Trees



Blooming near Judy's Pond this month

 

  Bearded Iris     Bearded Iris


Some Bearded Irises bloom early. Most usually show their many colors in May but they seem to be blooming early this year. Breeders have been creating many rebloomers, and it is possible to have a Bearded blooming any month of the year. They are often called 'Rainbow Goddesses.' For more information, go to Iris for Descanso Gardens.

 

  Daffodils    Daffodils  
  Daffodils    Daffodils
Daffodils have many scented and beautiful forms, sizes and colors. Various forms
bloom from January through March or April. For more information,
go to Daffodils for Descanso Gardens.

     

Anna's hummingbird
This is probably a immature female Anna's hummingbird. She has a small black spot on her chin; it may show small red dots. They stay here through the winter, and occasionally nest during December. The male has a bright red hood and chin. Since there is little food for them, I keep a feeder available. Our native Ribes species blooms very early, and they will be happy where they find one planted.

 

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