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Douglas E. Welch

Photo: Daffodils at Sunset

Spring is coming…I promise! You need no more proof than these lovely daffodils. You might notice that some of these are already fading, as they have been blooming for over 2 weeks now. I promise that the snow will eventually melt — the bulbs will emerge (if they haven’t already) and before you know it […]

Event: Tomatomania 2011 – Encino – March 25-27

It is almost time for Tomatomania again. This yearly event with both California and New England locations kicks off the growing season with tomato seedlings in hundreds of varieties, from heirloom to modern hybrids. We are lucky in that one of the major locations is within a mile of our house and garden, so it […]

Evergreens of all sorts

  One nice thing about our garden is that we have a host of evergreen trees and shrubs, so even during the winter the garden still looks pretty green. Of course, with our wonky rain cycle, Winter is usually the greener part of the year anyway. It is the summer months that turn everything brown. […]

Male pollen cones on black pine

Male cones on Black PIne (?), originally uploaded by dewelch. I believe this tree is a black pine, as it was planted as part of the original Japanese theming of the gardens. The previous owners had many Japanese garden plants and decorative elements, but we have reverted the garden to mainly a tiny woodland environment. […]

…and the wind does blow

…and the wind does blow, originally uploaded by dewelch. No wind today. It was a gorgeous day with white puffy clouds and blue skies. Instead of gardening, though, we went to the local archery range and park for a little practice with our local SCA group. We concentrated mainly on throwing knives and axes, a […]

Waiting for spring

Waiting for spring, originally uploaded by dewelch. Took a few cold minutes between the raindrops to grab some picture of the garden. This older watering can was left out and ended up gathering a bit of rain to use later. I have thought about installing some rain barrels int he garden, but the work and […]

Event: Great Backyard Bird Count info from Animalbytes

My friend Keri Dearborn has some info on this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count over on her site at Animalbytes.net. Keri is leading a bird count at the LA Zoo on Friday, February 18, 2011. Get all the info from the links below. Great Backyard Bird Count, Los Angeles Great Backyard Count – Main Site […]

A little time in the garden this weekend

I finally found that this weekend I didn’t feel I have a 100 other tasks to complete, so somehow I ended up in the garden. I really had only planned to filled the bird feeders, but then I allowed some other tasks to attract my attention First was just a little cleanup in the back […]

Elsewhere Online: Before & After: From Rustic Barn to Zen Garden

Sorry to see an old barn go, but this is an amazing rebuild/reuse — Douglas Studio G – Garden Design & Landscape Design inspiration Read and see more pictures at Before & After: From Rustic Barn to Zen Garden. Read more on this topic: I Like This – February 11, 2011 Elsewhere Online: Gutter Gardens Elsewhere […]

Palm Trees using Toonpaint for iPhone

Palm Trees – Toonpaint, originally uploaded by dewelch. A quick Toonpaint enhanced photo of the old palm trees at a friend’s house. I like the way the program stylized the trees. They almost seem to be moving. Read more on this topic: Ash tree in Winter Lake Balboa Cherry Trees Bloom 2010