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Douglas E. Welch

Event: Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society 12th Annual Exhibit and Plant Sale Drought Tolerant Plant Festival

Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society 12th Annual Exhibit and Plant Sale Drought Tolerant Plant Festival Saturday June 9th   9am to 5pm (Lectures start at 10:00)Sunday June 10th 9am to 4pm   (Kid’s events start at 10:30) Learn how landscaping with drought tolerant plants can save you money and water. Interior Educational Displays Exterior […]

Photo: Orange blossom time here in Southern California

It is orange blossom time here in Southern California and the air is heavy with their scent whenever you walk outside. It looks promising for another bumper crop this year of backyard fruit. We have to get ours from our neighbors, but there are usually many to go around. We typically end up with grocery […]

Photos: Last Daffodils of 2012

Here are some pictures of the last of my Daffodils to bloom this year. Most all the other beds have finished up, but these newly planted bulbs — in areas with a little less sun — are a few weeks behind the others. Watch a slide show of all the Daffodil Pictures below If you […]

UK: A new season of Gardener’s World begins

For those of you in the UK, a new series of Gardener’s World, BBC’s venerable gardening series. While the online video is only viewable in the UK, US readers might find other ways of getting this content. I find that the climate of the UK is similar enough to the US and other areas that […]

Garden Tips from February 2012

Here are the Garden Tips and questions shared via the @gardenersnotebk Twitter account. Follow @gardenersnotebk [Tip] Are you ready for Spring? Now is the time for tool repair and tool purchases. Be ready to go when the snow melts. Free Garden Desktop Wallpapers for Feb 2012 – Cherry Blossoms http://dlvr.it/19Cw7t Free Garden Wallpaper for your […]

Another beautiful use of bottle edging in the garden.

Here is another person who has used wine and water bottles to edge paths in their garden. I think it looks quite nice. Where I was quite haphazard with my color selection, it looks like they took the time to keep the same, or similar, colors together. I haven’t yet finished my one bed with […]

Free Desktop Wallpaper for March 2012 – Daisies

Here is a selection of free wallpapers for your computer desktop or smartphone. Right-click and select Save Image As… to download them to your own computer. Desktop Wallpaper – Plain Desktop Wallpaper with March Calendar Smartphone (iPhone/Droid) Wallpaper Read more on this topic: Free Garden Wallpaper for your smartphone – Cherry Blossoms Free Garden Wallpaper […]

New Sunset Western Garden Book available

I have written about the Sunset Western Garden Book in the past and always consider it my go-to guide for gardening info. The great news is that there is now a new edition of the book available. My own copy is a bit old now, probably from around 1996, so it might just be time […]

Events: Spring Garden Tours in Southern California

The Los Angeles Times has this overview of various garden tours happening in the LA area. My only issue is that most of them seem very pricy. Garden tours should be open to as many people as possible. With high prices we risk perpetuating the snobbish appeal of gardens much like that of wine or […]

Photo: Oh to be so organized in my garden shed

I came across this picture on Pinterest the other day. For the record, this looks NOTHING like my garage where my garden tools are stored. I only WISH it did. Still, I guess it is something to strive for. It is certainly true the being organized can help you get things done in less time […]