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June 2014

The act of drawing itself is more important than the results… from A Gardener’s Notebook

“The act of drawing itself is more important than the results. The goal of sketching in the garden is to see things more clearly not necessarily make a perfect reproduction of them on paper.” From A Gardener’s Notebook by Douglas E. Welch DouglasEWelch.com Buy or Download a sample of From A Gardener’s Notebook via Amazon.com […]

Interesting Plant: Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia The sheer exuberance of these black-eyed susan took my breath away. More gold than than the shiniest gold bars, with the contrasting black/brown centers seems like something a painter would design rather than nature. I came across this clump of rudbeckia in nearby La Crescenta, California, just up the street from Descanso Gardens. Rudbeckia […]

Summer in the Garden: Barcelona Bird Feeder

I am always keeping a eye out for decent products for my own garden — even if they are just for my wish list. Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting a series of products that might fit in my garden — or yours! — Douglas Barcelona Bird Feeder I am […]

Noted: New Ways to Think About All That Mulch in the Garden via Houzz

New Ways to Think About All That Mulch in the Garden via Houzz I couldn’t say any of this — I feel bad talking about it now, like I’m some sort of landscape backseat driving jerk for even mentioning my thoughts. It’s her house, her yard, her plants. But the mulch. The mulch. So instead […]

Garden Alphabet: Oleander (Nerium)

Oleander (Nerium) Oleander is an extremely common landscape plant around here and, as familiarity breeds contempt, I haven’t thought much about it. In most yards it grows huge and out of control, used only as screening from the street. It does flower nice and, when kept in check, it can be a nice — if […]

Summer in the Garden: Vivere BRAZ211 Brazilian Style Double Hammock

I am always keeping a eye out for decent products for my own garden — even if they are just for my wish list. Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting a series of products that might fit in my garden — or yours! — Douglas Vivere BRAZ211 Brazilian Style Double […]

Noted: Advice on Canyon Farming From L.A.’s Vegetable Whisperer via Houzz

Advice on Canyon Farming From L.A.’s Vegetable Whisperer via Houzz Other by Palo Alto Photographers Brian W. Ferry Photography The edible garden is a thing of beauty. It’s personal, and like singing a song, there is no one right way to do it. Lauri Kranz is certainly getting it right. She’s been hailed as the […]

Noted: 5 Gardens to Inspire Your Outdoor Rooms via Houzz

5 Gardens to Inspire Your Outdoor Rooms Craftsman Landscape by Redwood City Photographers Hoi Ning Wong Nearly 30 years the Gamble Garden Spring Tour has unlocked the gates to some of the most exclusive residential landscapes in Palo Alto, California, giving visitors a chance to experience what lies beyond the sidewalk. The tour benefits the […]

Summer in the Garden: Teak Potting Bench

I am always keeping a eye out for decent products for my own garden — even if they are just for my wish list. Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting a series of products that might fit in my garden — or yours! — Douglas Home Styles Bali Hai Potting […]

Garden Decor: Stock tanks as garden ponds

Stock tanks as garden ponds I have always wanted a garden pond but dreaded the work of digging and lining and in-ground pond. I have seen stock tanks used for a variety of purposes, and it only makes sense to put them to work in the garden, too. I think I still have to many […]