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Douglas E. Welch

Historical Garden Books: A dissertation on oriental gardening by Sir William Chambers (1773) – 46 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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

Captivating Cactus: Time to plant (cactus) via Botanical Bright on TicTok [Video]

Follow Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents on Facebook Read more on this topic: Video: Montage from visit to the Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society 13th Annual Show and Plant Sale Photo: Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society 13th Annual Show and Plant Sale and Drought Tolerant Plant Festival Event: Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society […]

Announcing Our New Guide to Garden Shed Design via Gardenista

A garden shed should be a sanctuary. Your safe space. At its most modest, a shed is the little building in the backyard, preferably covered with vines, where you can slip off on your own to hang your hat on a hook, re-pot an overgrown scented geranium, and organize all your sharp-edged tools. Read Announcing […]

Historical Seed Catalogs: Money growers manual by Johnson & Stokes; (1892) – 35 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Money growers manual by Johnson & Stokes; (1892) – 35 in a series Download in Text, PDF, Single Page JPG, TORRENT from Archive.org HERE are reasons why sensible people should buy their seeds of JOHNSON & Stokes. More than one hundred thousand such people have found by experience what these reasons are […]

Gardening 101: Coleus via Gardenista

Coleus: Plectranthus scutellarioides   Is coleus a plant you have to learn to love? Garden trends ebb and flow—and bright, dramatically colored foliage can be an acquired taste. I used to dismiss these tropical plants because I thought their brightly tinged leaves screamed gaudiness and were unbelievably hard to mix with other flowers. No longer. Now I […]

Dazzling Dahlias – 2 in a series – Dahlia ‘Contraste’ via Gardenia.net

  Dahlia ‘Contraste’ produces profuse and spectacular dark red flowers adorned with contrasting pure white tips. The fully double flowers, up to 8-9 in. wide (20-22 cm), are borne atop strong stems from summer to frost and provide an amazing focal point in the garden or in a vase. Bred in France as a cut […]

How To Use A Bulb Auger (And Plant Bulbs In Minutes) via The Impatient Gardener

I wish I had had one of these when I was planting my own bulbs. It is slow going with a trowel in hard soil but this could have made all the difference. — Douglas   Last spring Mr. Much More Patient looked out the window at our still-gray landscape and asked why we didn’t […]

Historical Garden Books: Detail des nouveaux jardins à la mode by Georges-Louis Le Rouge, Sir William Chambers (1776) – 45 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 […]

Leuchtenbergia principis / Agave cactus via CactGuy

Click through to see 2 additional pictures Read Leuchtenbergia principis / Agave cactus via CactGuy * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out! An interesting link found among my daily reading Read more on this topic: Dramatic […]

Elements of a Japanese Garden via FineGardening

The art and craft of the Japanese garden continues to thrive today after well over 1,300 years in Japan and for the last 150 years in various points west and east. It is difficult to define one reason for the almost instant endearment of these beautiful spaces, but for me, it has always been the […]