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May 2014

Garden Alphabet: Helianthus (sunflower)

Helianthus (sunflower) A neighbor had a lovely stand of sunflowers that caught my eye on a walk this week. The orange variety was especially striking. I keep meaning to grow sunflowers here, but I never seem to get around to it. Not sure why, but I will keep trying in future years. Follow DouglasWelch in Instagram […]

Noted: Public Gardens and Social Media from Garden Rant

Public Gardens and Social Media from Garden Rant     For my new volunteer project promoting DC’s public gardens, the focus is on images, using them to create videos, but then what? Just a slide show? I think not, because Pinterest and Instagram are hot-hot-hot and gardens are uniquely suited to visuals, to say the […]

Noted: Great Design Plant: Golden Alexanders for Early Spring Color from Houzz

Great Design Plant: Golden Alexanders for Early Spring Color from Houzz   Other by Lincoln Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens   I’m a big fan of native plants. I’m a big fan of having my garden in bloom every day of the year. Early spring to midspring often presents a […]

Noted: How to Design a Great Garden on a Sloped Lot from Houzz.com

How to Design a Great Garden on a Sloped Lot from Houzz.com   Eclectic Landscape by Charlotte Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Jay Sifford Garden Design   Frequently we gardeners run up against what seems to be an insurmountable obstacle in our quest to attain a beautiful and functional garden space. So it is with […]

Gardens can be beautiful or productive and are often both at the same time. — from A Gardener’s Notebook ebook

Buy or Download a sample of From A Gardener’s Notebook via Amazon.com “Gardens can be beautiful or productive and are often both at the same time. Every gardener brings their own energies, their own attitudes, their own wants, needs and desires to their garden, making each one a unique statement on their creators. Whether you […]

Flowering Now: Morning glory (Convolvulaceae)

Morning glory (Convolvulaceae) A lovely morning glory scene caught this week in my neighborhood. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook From Wikipedia… “Morning glory is the common name for over 1,000 species of flowering plants in the family Convolvulaceae, whose current taxonomy and systematics are in flux. Morning glory species belong to many genera, […]

Interesting Plant: California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) The state flower of California, the golden color of these poppies sprawling across open grasslands seems to imitate the gold that attracted so many to the state in previous centuries. These poppies were found right here in my neighborhood, but in the past we have travelled to the California State Poppy […]

Noted: DIY: Backyard Composter from a Garbage Can + What Can Be Tossed from Inhabitat

DIY: Backyard Composter from a Garbage Can + What Can Be Tossed Many cities around the world now have composting programs so household food scraps and garden clippings can be mulched rather than ending up in landfills. This is a great practice, but there are also a lot of places that don’t have a program […]

Noted: Edible Gardening Essentials: Watering Tips Worth Soaking Up (13 photos)

Contemporary Landscape by Austin Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers B. Jane Gardens Edible Gardening Essentials: Watering Tips Worth Soaking Up (13 photos) Watering is essential for any landscape, but it’s at the top of the to-do list if you’re growing an edible garden. Most edibles require regular watering. If you live where summer rainstorms are […]

Photo: Here comes the sun! via #instagram

Follow Douglas on Instagram   Previously in my Instagram Photos… See all my photos on Flickr Read more on this topic: Photo: Clytostoma callistegioides via #instagram Photo: Orchids at SoCal Spring Garden Show 2014 | A Gardener’s Notebook via Instagram Photo: Purple Orchid from the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2014 via #instagram Photo: Yellow […]