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August 2018

Interesting Plant: California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum)

 Interesting Plant: California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum) By Stan Shebs, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link What are your thoughts on this Interesting Plant? Drop a note in the comments! Epilobium canum, also known as California fuchsia or Zauschneria, is a species of willowherb in the evening primrose family (Onagraceae).[1] It is native to dry slopes and in chaparral of western North America, especially California. It is a perennial plant, notable […]

Historical Seed Catalogs: D. Landreth Seed Company (1894) – 3 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old seed catalogs (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

Garden Decor: Copper-esque Planters via Bower Power

I had shared these planters with my Insta-friends but I need to show you guys how to do this because they are SO beautiful!  They are the perfect amount of fall and look great with mums.  And if your planter has a little texture to them, it really pops.  The fun part is that they […]

Alien looking new growth on prickly pear (opuntia) start via Instagram

Alien looking new growth on prickly pear (opuntia) start This is one of 4 paddles I harvested a year or so ago. All four are now growing strongly, but this was the last one to show new growth. They are all ready to be planted out in the garden now.   and Follow Don’t miss a […]

Flowering Now: An interesting geranium in the garden this morning via Instagram

Flowering Now: An interesting geranium in the garden this morning This geranium came from a broken shoot my wife found on the street one day and has grown into a lovely plant. It is quite different from a more typical geranium with these small, thin, petals on its flowers.   and Follow Don’t miss a single […]

Historical Garden Books: Popular gardening for town and country, Volume 4 (1888-1889) – 12 in a Series

Archive.org has a host of old gardening books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

Start A New Beekeeping/Garden Journal these “Bees Take A Drink” Hardcover Journals and Much More!

Start A New Beekeeping/Garden Journal these “Bees Take A Drink” Hardcover Journals and Much More! Also available on Tees, iPhone Cases, Cards and Much More! Directly from my Instagram Photos Available exclusively fromDouglasEWelch.com/shop/129 See my entire catalogDouglasEWelch.com/shop/ Hardcover Journal Features 128 pages 90gsm paper stock Hardback cover Available in a selection of ruled, graph or […]

Historical Seed Catalogs: Barteldes Seed Catalog (1919) – 2 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old seed catalogs (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

A Gardener’s Notebook: Scorch and sunburn in the garden – Lots of damage in the neighborhood – August 9, 2018

A few weeks ago, here in the San Fernando Valley, we set an all-time high temperature of 117º. While we are used to a few days of warm temperatures each Summer, this is by far the hottest and longest patch I, and most of the California Natives, have ever experienced. As I walked around the […]

Garden Decor: Shrubs or Topiary Frames with Sheep Faces

I’d love to find the original source for this idea, but I can’t seem to locate it, even after a bit of time searching around. If anyone knows where this comes from, please pass it along. I think these sheep are absolutely adorable and would look great amid almost any garden. I suppose if you […]