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Douglas E. Welch

Noted: The Best New Shade Perennials for 2014 via Better Homes and Gardens

The Best New Shade Perennials for 2014 via Better Homes and Gardens Read More “Noted” items are particularly good finds from my daily reading which I share via all my social media accounts.  Find more Noted/Shared Gardening items Read more on this topic: Noted: Public Gardens and Social Media from Garden Rant Noted: The Bountiful […]

Noted: The Bountiful Buttonbush via Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens

The Bountiful Buttonbush via  Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens Buttonbush, (Cephalanthus occidentalis), is a native shrub that gets high marks for its usefulness to wildlife. It’s also a personal favorite because, well, it’s just plain so amusing! And what could be better than a plant that’s useful and entertaining at the same time? Just look […]

Interesting Plant: Caladium bicolor ‘White Queen’

Caladium bicolor ‘White Queen’ Wow! This nearly whit caladium just knocks you back when you see it. I can easily imagine this as a focal point among a shady, green garden. It would attract everyone’s eye, I am sure.    Discovered via Tumblr User, Rita Thomas  A tuberous-rooted perennial most often grown as an annual […]

“Drawing is seeing in your garden” from A Gardener’s Notebook

“Drawing is seeing in your garden. An ancient artist once said that you never really see anything unless you draw or paint it. The attention required in developing a representation of something requires us to regard it as never before. We alternately jump from the concrete to the abstract as we draw petal and leaf, […]

Noted: A Beginner’s Guide to Photographing Flowers via Mashable

A Beginner’s Guide to Photographing Flowers via Mashable Summer’s here and flowers are blooming everywhere — it’s time to go outside, grab your camera and capture the beauty surrounding us. For those who aren’t experienced photographers, it’s just as important to understand how time of day, lighting and depth of field affect your photographs as […]

Subscribed 50: Gardenista

Originally published as part of the Subscribed series on Careers in New Media Gardenista “Sourcebook for cultivated living” I only recently subscribed to Gardenista, after seeing some of their articles in other blogs and sites. I have especially loved their “Garden Visit” series which takes you lovely photographic tours of gardens all over the world […]

Garden Alphabet: Aspen

Aspen I took this photo years ago high atop Snow Bowl in the San Francisco Peaks just north of Flagstaff. A friend of ours, who lives in Sedona, took us to one of his favorite places admits the forest to just sit, talk and have lunch. I loved the screening effect of the trees — […]

Noted: The enigma of (Fredrick Law) Olmsted via Garden Rant

The enigma of (Fredrick Law) Olmsted via Garden Rant Home tomorrow night? You can catch the newest documentary on Frederick Law Olmsted on PBS. Entitled Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, this is a basic overview of the seminal landscape architect’s career, starting with Central Park and ending with his final projects in Massachusetts and North […]

Noted: Make Your Own Tranquil Garden Fountain via Houzz

Make Your Own Tranquil Garden Fountain Contemporary Landscape by Walnut Creek Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Huettl Landscape Architecture Versailles. The White House. The Taj Mahal. Each has an outdoor space with one thing in common: a water feature. The sound of running water instantly brings a sense of relaxation to any setting. And while […]

Garden Decor: Copper Fence Cap Pyramid from Two Thirty-Five Design

Copper Fence Cap Pyramid from Two Thirty-Five Design This immediately caught my eye, although now I don’t remember which site I first discovered it on. The author shows it being used as an indoors design element, but I think it would be great in any contemporary garden. It would weather nicely, giving you that lovely […]