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Douglas E. Welch

To Help Birds This Winter, Go Easy on Fall Yard Work via Audubon

There’s a certain satisfaction in autumn chores. When the weather’s right, cleaning gutters, touching up paint, or splitting some firewood can feel less like manual labor and more like a rite of the season. But if you want to make your backyard a welcoming winter haven for birds, some fall tasks call for a laissez-faire approach. “Messy […]

MaliArts designs city-chic beehives to save solitary bees via Inhabitat

You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on these lovely bee houses and waterers, but providing some respite for our native bees is a great idea. You might find some ideas here about houses you can build yourself or order one of these to add to your garden. – Douglas     We’re big […]

Historical Seed Catalogs: Flowers for springtime by Miss Mary E. Martin (1900) – 41 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Flowers for springtime by Miss Mary E. Martin (1900) – 41 in a series Download in Text, PDF, Single Page JPG, TORRENT from Archive.org   THE EDELWEISS.— THE ALPINE SNOWFLOWER . As white as snow- But lasts forever. No other flower in the whole universe— not even the rarest orchid has cost […]

Dazzling Dahlias – 8 in a series – Dahlia. Mary Altha Nims (American, 1817-1907) via Internet Archive

Like Dazzling Dahlias on Facebook Dahlia. Mary Altha Nims (American, 1817-1907). Watercolor; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of Richard Seymour Bayham 1934.135 * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out! An interesting link found among my […]

Historical Garden Books: The Gardeners’ chronicle : a weekly illustrated journal of horticulture and allied subjects (1892) – 51 in a series

Historical Garden Books: The Gardeners’ chronicle : a weekly illustrated journal of horticulture and allied subjects (1892) – 51 in a series Annual, bound, editions of each newsletter throughout the year. Download in Text, PDF, Single Page JPG, TORRENT from Archive.org * A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs** Many of […]

Captivating Cactus: 6 in a series – Choosing Succulents For Zone 9 – California, Florida And Arizona via Succulents Box

Follow Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents on Facebook This is an amazing resource of cactus and succulent plants for Zone 9. The infographics lay out each selection with clear photos and names. I know I am going to keep this around for future succulent identification purposes. — Douglas ZONE 9Zone 9 is commonly known as a […]

Historical Seed Catalogs: Elm Valley Seed Gardens/Zack Davis Company (1919) – 40 in a series

Historical Seed Catalogs: Elm Valley Seed Gardens/Zack Davis Company (1919) – 40 in a series Download in Text, PDF, Single Page JPG, TORRENT from Archive.org TO OUR FRIENDS TO the old friends who have for years bought their seeds of us perhaps we can give no new message this year, except that we have added […]

Dazzling Dahlias – 7 in a series – Roses VS. Dahlias in The Autumn Home Garden via Creative Living with Bren Haas

Like Dazzling Dahlias on Facebook Dahlias are a beautiful companion plant for the rose shrub. In this post, we discuss roses vs. dahlias in the autumn home garden. In The Autumn Home Garden Chances are if you grew up in the Midwest like I did your grandmother grew dahlias with her roses in the home […]

Gardening: Tips for growing tropical and exotic fruit trees in Southern California via Orange County Register

The pleasure of hanging out with plant people is what you learn from them. Such people, and the plants they grow, are typically full of wonderful surprises. Just the other day, I met Ash Jahanbin, whose mission in life is to grow and to care for exotic fruit trees. To this end, he runs a […]

Historical Garden Books: Horticulture: An Illustrated Magazine by Massachusetts Horticultural Society (1904-1905) – 50 in a series

Historical Garden Books: Horticulture: An Illustrated Magazine by Massachusetts Horticultural Society (1904-1905) – 50 in a series Annual, bound, editions of each newsletter throughout the year. Download in Text, PDF, Single Page JPG, TORRENT from Archive.org   FLOWERS IN HISTORY In all ages and among all nations there has always been an especial reverence paid […]