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Douglas E. Welch

Blueberry Flowers via Instagram

What are your favorite fruits ? Leave a comment and share! Blueberry Flowers via Instagram Hints of the blueberry crop to come in my sister’s Ohio garden.   and Follow Join A Gardener’s Notebook on Facebook Don’t miss a single post! Sign up for the Gardener’s Notebook Mailing List * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly […]

Lavender In The Neighborhood via Instagram

What are your favorite flowers? Leave a comment and share! Lavender In The Neighborhood Lavender (lavendula) does well here in the Mediterranean climate of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Even better, it is one of my wife’s favorite plants both for its look and its scent. I often bring a bundle into the house just […]

Carabus (?) Beetle In The Garden via Instagram

What insects do you find in your garden? Leave a comment and share! Carabus (?) Beetle In The Garden When you start working in the garden and get down close to the soil, you notice things that might not otherwise catch your eye. Such was the case with this bill. I’ve never really seen them in […]

A Purple Iris In The Rose Garden via Instagram

What are your favorite flowers? Leave a comment and share! A Purple Iris In The Rose Garden Who says you can only have roses in a rose garden? There were a number of striking iris there, too. From the @calpolypomona rose garden. I think it at nearly the height of its bloom. It took me over an hour to work […]

How to help fireproof your home before the next big wildfire via The Los Angeles Times

Even cool, grey, and slightly rainy, days, fires are already starting to crop up around Southern California. Check out these tips to make your home even more fire safe. — Douglas How to help fireproof your home before the next big wildfire As Los Angeles homeowners prepare to trim grass, weeds and trees for the […]

Historical Seed Catalogs: Annual catalogue of seeds and plants by Schlegel & Fottler – 23 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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

Power Perennials: Plants that Thrive No Matter What via Better Homes & Gardens

I much prefer perennials in my garden as they provide so much beauty for relatively little attention — returning year-after-year just when you need it most. I have a wide variety in my garden from bulbs to flowering trees to azaleas and more. Here are a few more perennials ideas for your garden, — Douglas […]

Historical Garden Books: Gardening illustrated: A weekly journal for amateurs and gardeners by W. (William) Robinson (1879) – 37 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 […]

Hibiscus In the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan via Instagram

What is your favorite hibiscus? Leave a comment and share! Hibiscus In the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan Shining out against the darkness of the shade in the garden, this hibiscus almost glows. This garden is hemmed in By buildings on each side and isn’t particularly large, but new vistas were always opening […]

Stinkbug (Nezara viridula) in the garden via Instagram

What insects do you find in your garden? Leave a comment and share! Stinkbug (Nezara viridula) in the garden I was out attacking the overgrown grass and weeds in the front yard when I happened on this insect. I used the Seek iOS app to narrow it down and then Wikipedia to completely identify it.   and […]