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Douglas E. Welch


Snowbells, originally uploaded by dewelch. Pretty snowbells in the back garden today. The white against the dark foliage, and the tiny green dots on the white flowers look so amazing. Read more on this topic: The bulbs have arrived in the garden again Azalea in Bloom…So soon?

First Daffodils and my Google-based gardening calendar

First Daffodils, originally uploaded by dewelch. A quick iPhone photo of the first daffodils to appear in the garden this year. I noticed them coming up about a week ago, but just saw these as I stepped outside to take some video of the street resurfacing that is happening on our street. Adding the bloom […]

Azalea in Bloom…So soon?

Azalea in Bloom, originally uploaded by dewelch. I don’t remember ever seeing the Azaleas in bloom so early in the year, but the large, mature bush right outside the front door is showing some lovely flowers already. I am guessing the heavy rains we had in December (and continue to have) have convinced them that […]

Top Gardeners Notebook Posts for 2010

Event: Tomatomania 2010 Repairing a damaged drip irrigation line Review: TB57 Lithium Ion Battery Cordless String Trimmer / Weed Trimmer Casting concrete leaves from/for the garden Freebies = Free Bees! Product Review: The Troy-Bilt TB154 Electric Cultivator RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010 Gardening books are friendly, supportive and stimulating companions Your Urban Garden The garden […]

Don’t dump that Christmas Tree!

This post from LAist.com, How To Trash Your Tree reminded me that I hadn’t made plans to gather up Christmas Trees this year. Here in LA we usually end up with dozens of Christmas trees simply thrown out on lawns and dumped in empty lots. Despite info like this, a lot of people still take […]

Audio: 5th Annual Live Reading of A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Gift from A Gardener’s Notebook! Sunday marked our 5th Annual LIVE Reading of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. We had some new voices this year and had a great time as usual. You can listen to the entire show using the link below. Consider having your own reading of A Christmas Carol, or […]

Building a Native Bee Box

My friend, Keri, has created an excellent “Bee Box” for her garden. Read the entire article at her site. “I’ve been wanting to do this for over a year, build a nesting box for native bees and other insects. My friend Doug Welch from A Gardener’s Notebook had sent me various plans and ideas. I […]

Tip: Let the rain dampen your composter

From the gardenersnotebk Twitter account: A reminder to me by way of a reminder to you. 🙂 – Pop the top on your composter when it rains to give it a good soaking and keep it perking. If you use an enclosed composter like I do, the next time rain is forecast, pop the top […]

Gardening Gift Guide #15: Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

#15 Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America One of my favorite parts of the garden are the birds it attracts — everything form the typical sparrows and morning doves to phoebes and even Cooper’s Hawks. The Peterson Guides are a great way to help you identify the birds in your garden and […]

The bulbs have arrived in the garden again

I went out the back door this morning to do some work and was stopped in my track by this first paperwhite of the season. I had noticed the bulb foliage starting to pop up once we got our first rain, but the flowers always seem to arrive unannounced. Here is another paperwhite next to […]