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Douglas E. Welch

Historical Garden Books: The Garden (1913) by Rachel R. Todd – 36 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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

Hydrangeas in the shade via Instagram

What is your favorite hydrangea? Leave a comment and share! Hydrangeas in the shade Scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan These hydrangeas were thriving in the warm, moist shade of the garden.   and Follow Join A Gardener’s Notebook on Facebook Don’t miss a single post! Sign up for the Gardener’s Notebook Mailing […]

My Los Angeles 78: California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) via Instagram

What is your favorite type of native plant? Leave a comment and share! My Los Angeles 78: California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) Our state flower shining brightly on our friends garden.  This has been a great year for all flowers but especially our native plants like these. The “superbloom” is fading fast, but there are still these […]

Flowering Now: Yellow Shrub Roses via Instagram – April 16, 2019

What is your favorite type of rose? Leave a comment and share! Flowering Now: Yellow Shrub Roses In the neighborhood, these shrub roses are always a dependable exuberant, show at this time of year.   and Follow Join A Gardener’s Notebook on Facebook Don’t miss a single post! Sign up for the Gardener’s Notebook Mailing List * […]

Flowering Now: Calandrinia(?) via Instagram – April 16, 2019

What is your favorite flower color? Leave a comment and share! Flowering Now: Calandrinia(?) Spotted in a neighbor’s garden. I am not quite sure of the ID as there have been many new Mediterranean plants in the recently planted drought-tolerant gardens.  These “shouts” of color certainly catch the eye as you are walking by…or even driving.  […]

Waterfall/Rivulet, BioTrek Ethnobotany Garden, Cal Poly Pomona via Instagram

Where’s your favorite waterfall? Leave a comment and share! Waterfall/Rivulet, BioTrek Ethnobotany Garden, Cal Poly Pomona A peaceful scene in the garden—One of several gardens on the Cal Poly Pomona Campus. It is amazing how calming it can be to watch and listen to falling water, no matter how small the source. I think it has […]

Castor Bean Plant (Ricinus communis) via Instagram

What is your favorite plant? Leave a comment and share! Castor Bean Plant (Ricinus communis) In the Orto Botanico In the Brera District of Milan grows this lovely castor bean including seed pods. While the seeds are poisonous and the caster bean is an invasive here in Southern California, it is often used as an ornamental in […]

A Very Prickly Pear (Opuntia), BioTrek Ethnobotany Garden, Cal Poly Pomona

What is your favorite succulent or cactus? Leave a comment and share! A Very Prickly Pear (Opuntia), BioTrek Ethnobotany Garden, Cal Poly Pomona One of several gardens on the Cal Poly Pomona Campus. Although relatively small, this garden has a large collection of plants both outdoors and inside a sizable glass house. “The Rain Bird BioTrek Project […]

Valley Carpenter Bee (female) (Xylocopa varipuncta) [Video] (1 minute, 38 seconds)

Valley Carpenter Bee (female) (Xylocopa varipuncta) A female Valley Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa varipuncta) feeds on Mexican sage in my garden a few days ago. I was out working to clear up a mass of grass and weeds caused by the rainy year we have had when I spotted her nearly in my face. I took […]

Iris on Cal Poly Pomona Campus via Instagram

What is blooming in your garden? Leave a comment and share! Iris on Cal Poly Pomona Campus A lovely bit of Spring as I walked around campus a few weeks ago. The contrast of the bright yellow against the dark@green leaves really made them pop. This great bloom is probably another result of our good winter […]