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Douglas E. Welch

Garden History: Every garden deserves a lovely garden gate – Wellington Stanley Morse House 1917

Every garden deserves a lovely garden gate and this one from 1917 California garden certainly fits the bill. Garden gates, in all their forms, give us a sense of enclosure while also inviting us inside for the beauty that might be found there. I find that in all my Internet travels garden gates and fences […]

Garden Decor: Driftwood Succulent Planter

Driftwood Succulent Planter While I love great uses of recycled materials for the garden, sometimes the old classics just shine out. This driftwood branch, converted into a succulent planter, is absolutely gorgeous. It is both simple and complex at the same time, if that is possible. I am wondering if I could try something like […]

Interesting Plant: Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)

Interesting Plant: Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa) A lovely specimen of Kousa Dogwood found on the grounds of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. Oberlin was founded in 1837 and is renowned as the the first US college to admit African-Americans and Women. Download your own Free Kousa Dogwood Computer and Smartphone Wallpapers Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)  The Kousa dogwood[1] (Cornus […]

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 […]