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Douglas E. Welch

Video: In the garden…March 16, 2014: Potatoes and chives and onions and flowers

Potatoes are going crazy, our 2 weeks of Spring is probably over and chives are flowering Check out what was happening in the garden a year ago: “Container Garden Update 19 – A failed container, worm castings and some new basil” Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle […]

Garden Alphabet: Nasturtium

Previously in my Instagram Photos… Read more on this topic: Garden Alphabet: Morning Glory (Convolvulaceae) Garden Alphabet: Lantana Garden Alphabet: Salvia Garden Alphabet: Acanthus Photo: Nasturtium via Instagram

Garden Alphabet: Butterfly (Lepidoptera)

Garden Alphabet: Butterfly (Lepidoptera) The garden is made up of more than just plants. The best gardens are filled with insects and wildlife as well as plants and flowers and learning more about these inhabitants can expand your understanding and the joy of keeping a garden. This butterfly photo was taken at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage […]

Photo: Bewitched Rose 2011 via #instagram

Previously in my Instagram Photos… Read more on this topic: Photo: “Bewitched” Rose via Instagram Photo: Rose in the garden today via Instagram Photo: “Bewitched” Rose Photo: Yellow Hibiscus via Instagram Photo: Strawberry Flower #garden #plant via Instagram

Theodore Payne Wild Flower Hotline 2014 now available each Thursday through May 2014

Looking to see wildflowers in Southern California? The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants is running their 32nd Annual Wild Flower Hotline directly from their web site. Each Thursday they update the hotline with reports from all over the Southland. The Hotline is available in both PDF and MS Word format. Here […]

Photo: Honeybees drinking at the birdbath – Animated GIF

An Auto Awesome animated gif from Google+ created with a series of photos I uploaded. Previously in my Instagram Photos… Read more on this topic: Photo: Sunflower closeup (animated by Google+) Photo: Canyon Sunflower in the breeze (animated gif) Photo: Gopher in motion Video: Magnolia grandiflora – a photo montage from A Gardener’s Notebook Video: […]

Photo: Gopher in motion

An Auto Awesome animated gif from Google+ created with a series of photos I took on our last camping trip. This guy popped up right in our circle of chairs around the fire ring. I don’t mind these guys in the park, but wouldn’t want them in the garden. They can be quite destructive. Botta’s […]

Interesting Plant: Giant Chalk Dudleya (Dudleya brittonii)

Interesting Plant: Giant Chalk Dudleya (Dudleya brittonii) After living in Southern California for so long (nearly 28 years), I have really come to love succulents of all sorts. The dudleya always catch my eye when we are out and about and at our local succulent show, which takes places just about a mile from our house. […]

Photo: Tomatoes on the vine in HDR

Tomatoes on the vine in HDR from Google+ Auto Awesome Previously in my Instagram Photos… Read more on this topic: Photo: Tomatoes in HDR Photo: Grape tomatoes still coming on Video: In the garden…May 9, 2013: Checking in on tomatoes, zucchini and everything else The garden in HDR Photo: Tomatoes in February?!?!

Garden Alphabet: Lavender (Lavendula)

Garden Alphabet: Lavender (Lavendula) A closeup of a lavender harvest from my own garden. Lavender seems to do very well here in our Mediterranean climate, if we can get it enough sun, It deals well with our hot and dry summers and never fails to impress with its smell. I love the purple flowers too, and […]