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July 2011

Photo: Daniela in her balcony garden

Apartments can be quite small in Sicily, but this doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderful garden. Our relatives love fruit and but trees but also love having tons of flowers about. These pictures of from Daniela’s balcony garden in Nicolosi, Sicily.   Read more on this topic: Photos from Sicily: Vinca Photo: Acanthus Flowers […]

Photo: Grape Vines and grapes in monastary vineyard

Grape Vines and grapes in monastary vineyard, originally uploaded by dewelch. I saw this amazing scene when we visited a restored monastery last night in Nicolosi. For me, this sums up the beauty of the outdoors and of Sicily itself. The sun, the vines, the grapes all together. I have had a small dream of […]

Photo: Zinnia

Zinnia, originally uploaded by dewelch. Another lovely flower from our cousin’s garden here in Sicily. Francesca loves flowers and lovingly raises large pots of annuals from seed each year. These zinnias fairly glow in the sharp Sicilian summer sun. We were making plans for a few road trips around the island yesterday and several gardens […]

Photos from Sicily: Vinca

My wife, son and I are in Sicily visiting family for the next 3 weeks. I will be reporting from Mascalucia, Sicily (near Cantania) and posting lots of photos. Today’s photo so from a pot of vincas (la vinca in Italian, funny how that works (SMILE)) that our cousin Francesca has scattered on her patio. […]

I Like This – July 22, 2011

A collection of gardening items I found interesting this week. Another Type of Green Wall: San Francisco Street Scene – July 22, 2011 Read more on this topic: I Like This – July 11, 2011 I Like This – July 4, 2011 I Like This – June 3, 2011 I Like This – April 29, […]

What is GardenCampLA?

GardenCampLA is currently in the planning stages. We are looking for venues, sponsors and organizers. Visit http://GardenCampLA.wordpress.com for more information — Douglas GardenCampLA is a community organized, gardening-focused, unconference which calls upon local communities and people to share their knowledge, expertise and other important information on developing your garden, landscape design, and public garden environment. […]

Photo: Bees Up Close

It took some time to make peace with honey bees. I grew up with yards that were more clover than grass, so summer days often involved accidentally stepping on bees in the yard while we played. Along with that we had nasty mud dauber wasps that seem to sting you for no other reason than […]

Transplants from seed starting project

Clockwise from Top Left (Basil and 1 small oregano seedling), Unknown (I am letting it grow to see what it is. I think it might be a grape vine, but only time will tell, Tomato volunteer that popped up, probably from my homemade compost I used for the pots, Basil again. There are a few […]

Photo: Cucumber flower

Cucumber flower, originally uploaded by dewelch. Cucumbers are on the way in our friend’s garden. They already have corn and some tomatoes on the vine, too. I don’t really have enough sun exposure here to grow veggies, so I have to live vicariously through others. (LAUGH) Read more on this topic: Photo: Passiflora Flower RHS […]

Photo: Figgy pudding, perhaps?

These wild figs pop up everywhere her in the Los Angeles area, seeds spread by birds and other wildlife. Once started they can quickly take over an area. I have cut back several over the years, but then my wife developed a taste for figs, so this one has remained. It is still a battle […]