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July 2014

Noted: A never-ending ocean of 4.5 million flowers in Japan via Gizmodo

A never-ending ocean of 4.5 million flowers in Japan via Gizmodo The Hitachi Seaside Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the planet: A place where millions of flowers grow every year in the most amazing displays of colors imaginable. Here you can see about 4.5 million baby-blue nemophilas blossoming in April—but there’s […]

Noted: Great Design Plant: Try California Wild Grape for Interest All Year via Houzz

Great Design Plant: Try California Wild Grape for Interest All Year via Houzz   Landscape by Other Metro Garden & Landscape Supplies Las Pilitas Nursery California wild grape is known best for its sensational fall colors, but it is much more than a one-season plant. In spring its silvery leaves and tiny buds emerge from […]

Noted: Cheap thrills: my must-have budget garden tools via A Way to Garden

Cheap thrills: my must-have budget garden tools via A Way to Garden I LOVE FINE GARDEN TOOLS: My edger that has lasted more than 25 years with no signs of wear; my stainless border spade; the long-reach telescoping pruners with precision snipping power from a distance. But I also pack my tool tote with cheap […]

Garden Decor: Greenhouse scenes and decor from Garden Gallery

Greenhouse scenes and decor from Garden Gallery A greenhouse scene I would love to have in my own garden. Discovered via Garden Gallery on Tumblr Greenhouse items of all sorts from Amazon.com  * a portion of each Amazon sales goes directly to support A Gardener’s Notebook ** some of these books may be available at your local library. Check […]

Video: First Impressions of the Parrot Flower Power – Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Bluetooth Smart Plant Sensor

I take a look at the new Parrot Flower Power – Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Bluetooth Smart Plant Sensor which I received for free as part of a Klout Perk a few weeks ago. I’ve had it in the garden, monitoring an avocado seedling and gather data on water, fertilizer, sunlight and temperature using the iOS app on […]

Flowering Now: Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum)

Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum) Found along another walk in the neighborhood this week. I especially liked the white daisies with the purple centers. They almost seemed to glow in the sunshine. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook Leucanthemum × superbum (or Shasta daisy) is a commonly grown flowering herbaceous perennial plant with the classic daisy appearance of white petals (ray […]

Summer in the Garden: Cobalt Planters Trio

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 Cobalt Planters Trio Decorative containers […]

Interesting Plant: Zaluzianskya villosa “Southern Lilac Drumsticks”

Zaluzianskya villosa “Southern Lilac Drumsticks” Another striking plant that could conceivably fit into my garden. the description say sit want high heat in the summer, which we certainly have around here, although it has been unseasonably cool the last few weeks. I am attracted to this flower by the purple color, which is one of […]

Garden Sharing: Not everyone has the time, space or ability to start their own gardens from A Gardener’s Notebook

“Not everyone has the time, space or ability to start their own gardens. You can brighten not only your life but the lives of countless others by sharing the “fruits” of your labors. Bring people into your garden or take a part of your garden to them.“ From A Gardener’s Notebook by Douglas E. Welch DouglasEWelch.com […]

Noted: Big Foliage for Small Spaces via Houzz

Big Foliage for Small Spaces via Houzz Traditional Landscape by Charlotte Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Jay Sifford Garden Design An exceptional garden is one that embraces and celebrates the unexpected. This can be a challenge in the smaller, more urban gardens that are becoming the norm for many of us. One way to inject […]