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Douglas E. Welch

Daisies in the sun via Instagram

What are your favorite flower colors? Leave a comment and share! Daisies in the sun I have planted — or tried to plant — daises like this in the past, but they don’t seem to like the environment here in the garden — either in the ground or in pots.  So, like many plants and flowers, […]

Historical Garden Books: The Homestead manual of valuable information for the people relating principally to the farm, orchard, garden and household (1881) by B[enjamin] F. Gue – 32 in a Series

Archive.org has a host of old gardening books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of  Historical Garden Books: […]

Is it Spring yet? via Instagram

What are your favorite flower colors? Leave a comment and share! Is it Spring yet? Our Southern California winter is more like Spring in other areas of the country. It has been, thankfully, raining quite a bit so the roses are recovering with much green growth and the bulbs — snow flakes, paperwhites, and daffodils — […]

Purple, blue and white via Instagram

Where do you go to see flowers? Leave a comment and share! Purple, blue and white When I have a chance, I stop by our local @armstronggarden store to see what is in-season, new, and perhaps, on sale.  Even when I don’t end up buying something, it is a good opportunity to take some photos to share here and […]

A Shining Sunflower In Milan via Instagram

What catches your eye on vacation? Leave a comment and share! A Shining Sunflower In Milan In the Orto Botanico In the Brera District of Milan this backlit sunflower shines with the rays of its namesake. There was so much to see in this rather small garden and I highly recommend that you visit if you […]

Historical Seed Catalogs: 1905 annual catalog : garden, farm & flower seeds by Diggs & Beadles Seed Co., Inc. – 20 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old seed catalogs (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

Recently Purchased from the Gardener’s Notebook Shop – H Potter Window Box Rectangular Succulent Planter

Readers of A Gardener’s Notebook find the coolest items via my store on Amazon. I saw this purchase this morning and it looks great! This is something I would consider purchasing myself for my patio table. I love copper planters and other copper garden decor. — Douglas H Potter Window Box Rectangular Succulent Planter Indoor […]

Why So Many Public Libraries Are Now Giving Out Seeds via City Farmer News

Read Why So Many Public Libraries Are Now Giving Out Seeds via City Farmer News An interesting link found among my daily reading Read more on this topic: Noted: Garden Roundup: 10 Perfect Party Spaces in the City by Barbara Peck via Gardenista Noted: 4 Reasons to Plant a Vegetable Garden in the Front Yard […]

Rhododendron, Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanic Garden, San Marino, California

What interesting flowers and plants do you find in your neighborhood? Share your thoughts in the comments! Rhododendron, Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanic Garden, San Marino, California I hadn’t been to the Huntington in a long time, but with our Italian family in time it was a “must see.” Danielle and Marcello had visited 16 […]

Historical Garden Books: The gardener’s weekly magazine, and floricultural cabinet Vol. 29 (1886) by Harrison, J. J – 31 in a Series

Archive.org has a host of old gardening books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of  Historical Garden Books: […]