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Douglas E. Welch

Foxglove in Kensington Gardens

Foxglove in Kensington Gardens, originally uploaded by dewelch. A shot from our recent trip to the UK. The white foxglove was growing in Kensington Gardens immediately adjacent to Kensington Palace. The palace ground are undergoing a large renovation at the moment. Update: I have renamed this. I couldn’t think of “foxglove” when I posted this […]

Nasturtiums have sprouted!

Nasturiums have sprouted!, originally uploaded by dewelch. Almost to the time listed on the seed package I see that most of the nasturtiums I planted have sprouted. A quick count shows around 80-90% germination. It is good to see them come up. I can only imagine what they will look like when we return from […]

Looking to speak with UK Allotmenteers

Image by muggers! via Flickr One thing I am looking to do is grab some audio and video with allotment gardeners in the UK. I hear so much about allotments and the various reasons people garden there and I want to take some time to talk with them and get their thoughts and advice. I […]

New Nasturtiums

I am on a kick to green up the garden this season, even if we are entering the hot part of the year. To that end, I have recently upgraded some irrigation using soaker hoses and today, on a whim, I planted some nasturtiums (seed packet in picture) in the patio bed outside the back […]

Video: Water features from nature – Water in Millard Canyon, Angeles National Forest

Images from a short walk in Millard Canyon, Angeles National Forest, just north of Los Angeles. While these shots are out in the “wild” mountains north of Los Angeles, there is a gardening link. If and when you design a water feature in your garden, it pays to go out and take a look at […]

Jacaranda mimosafolia on my walk

Jacaranda mimosafolia on my walk, originally uploaded by dewelch. The jacarandas are in bloom here in LA. A great bright purple show that takes place every year. Read more on this topic: Brugmansia seen on my walk Passiflora found along our walk today Daffodils 2010 Great Backyard Bird Count Bird Walk at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife […]

Brugmansia seen on my walk

Brugmansia seen on my walk, originally uploaded by dewelch. Came across this lovely Brugsmansia on my walk today. Read more on this topic: Passiflora found along our walk today Great Backyard Bird Count Bird Walk at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is happening this week near London and I am so jealous. I will be there in just over 2 weeks, but all of this will be gone. (Pout!) Still, I can live vicariously through this Flickr slide show from those that DID make it. Watch a Chelsea Garden Show 2010 […]

Tasks: Azalea Trimming

The previous owners planted a large series of geometric beds with azalea and juniper in the front garden long before we owned the property. Over the course of a year, these plantings can get quite shaggy. Typically I use the hedge trimmers on them, due to their geometric shapes and size. It isn’t the preferred […]

Passiflora found along our walk today

Passiflora – Passion Flower – 4, originally uploaded by dewelch. A neighbor has this extremely healthy set of Passiflora vines growing on a wall along the sidewalk. It never fails to put on a great show every year. Read more on this topic: Daffodils 2010 Great Backyard Bird Count Bird Walk at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife […]