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December 2017

A Rose via Instagram

A Rose “O my Luve’s like a red, red rose, That’s newly sprung in June: O my Luve’s like the melodie, That’s sweetly play’d in tune.” — Robert Burns  and Follow * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs ** Many of these books may be available from your local library. […]

Flowering Now: Apple Blossom Camellia

Flowering Now: Apple Blossom Camellia Via Instagram Camellia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. They are found in eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalayas east to Japan and Indonesia. There are 100–300 described species, with some controversy over the exact number. There are also around 3,000 hybrids. The genus was named by Linnaeusafter the Jesuit botanist Georg Joseph Kamel, who worked in the Philippines […]

California Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica ) — A Minute in the Garden 61 from A Gardener’s Notebook

Part of a series of garden minutes from A Gardener’s Notebook After a long absence, the scrub jays have returned to the garden. Now I need to get more peanuts for the feeder. They love them so much and are so entertaining to watch as they choose just the right one to take off and […]

Interesting Plant: Alpine Strawberries (Fragaria vesca)

Interesting Plant: Alpine Strawberries (Fragaria vesca) We are always looking for more food items to grow, even here in our somewhat shady garden, so when I saw these strawberries they intrigued me. While we have a few pots of hybrid strawberries, I wonder if these might not be a better choice for our particular conditions. […]

Interesting Plant: Butterfly Mint Bush (Monardella subglabra)

Butterfly Mint Bush (Monardella subglabra) What are your thoughts on this Interesting Plant? Drop a note in the comments!  Monardella subglabra, Butterfly Mint Bush, is a one foot tall perennial covered with one inch purple flowers in Jun-Jul. Butterfly Mint bush has a mint odor but much less than many others. Native to the Central […]

In The Getty Garden via Instagram

In The Getty Garden The Getty Center I believe this is a Kniphofia.   and Follow Me Join me on Douglas E. Welch Photography on Facebook Learn more about the Getty Center †† Learn more about Los Angeles with these books †† * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs ** Many of […]

DIY: How to Build a Raised Garden Bed via Mother Earth News

Here is an excellent and detailed article on building raised beds for your own garden. Be sure to bookmark this for future reference. You’re going to want it eventually. — Douglas How to Build a Raised Garden Bed via Mother Earth News A DIY project for a permanent garden box to provide a raised bed […]