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Douglas E. Welch

Video: Repairing a damaged soaker hose

After some animal gnawed a large hole in one of my soaker hoses, I fixed it — on the cheap. This same method works for typical garden hoses, too. ** This video was shot using the iPhone 4 as a test of its capabilities. Read more on this topic: New Nasturtiums

Bag O’ Daffodils

Bag O’Daffodils, originally uploaded by dewelch. i must admit, I was tempted by these yesterday when I was at the hardware store. I have a lovely collection of naturalized daffodils in the garden, but this would take it to a whole new level!” I also can’t quite imagine planting all of these. I would have […]

Elsewhere Online: Gutter Gardens

Link: Gutter Gardens I am always looking for great ideas for the garden and this one showed up in my RSS feeds a few days ago. What a great way of making use of those small, yet sunny, area of the garden. I even have an unused piece of gutter lying around that I just might […]

Video: Harvesting Lavender

A short video taken while harvesting some lavender in the garden today. I haven’t harvested these plants before, so they became very woody. I cut them back hard and will do a better job harvesting to try to keep them more green and herbaceous instead of letting them get woody again. Download “Lavender Harvest – […]

Abbey Green, Bath, UK

Click to enlarge In the midst of the daytime hustle and bustle of Bath, just a few steps from Bath Abbey and its busy square, lies Abbey Green, overarched by this large tree. It was a cool and quite respite in the city, and would be well duplicated in any garden. It is a lovely […]

Photo Contest from Gurney’s Seed and Nursery and Spring Hill Nurseries

Gurney’s Seed and Nursery and Spring Hill Nurseries is continuing their photo contests started last month. “For the remaining photo contests, the companies have decided to raise the stakes, giving away two $100 Gift Certificates for each contest; one for each brand.” You need to be a fan of the Gurney’s or Spring Hill Nurseries […]

Elsewhere Online: Cleverly-shaped mirror opens a door in any wall

I repurposed a large mirror from a bathroom remodeling project years ago, but the unique shape of this mirror takes the concept of garden expansion to an entirely different level. MAKE: Blog via Cleverly-shaped mirror opens a door in any wall. Read more on this topic: I Like This – Circular Pod-Shaped Tea House is Heated […]

Daisies at Disney Hall

Daisie at Disney Hall, originally uploaded by dewelch. While strolling around before a concert last night, I found this lovely patch of daisies in the garden of the Disney Hall in downtown LA. Read more on this topic: Brugmansia seen on my walk

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 […]