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Monday, November 30, 2009

Gardening links and other shared items from Douglas E. Welch

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Garden Panoramas from Indio, California

Here are 2 panoramas I took of my sister's garden in Indio, California.

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Denise's Garden Panorama 003

Denise's Garden Panorama 002

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Video: Thanksgiving Turkeys

Happy Thanksgiving from DouglasEWelch.com

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Friday, November 06, 2009

Fall Color - Liquidambar

Found along my walk yesterday, this Liquidambar styraciflua was bursting into color. This is one of the few trees that give us any sense of Fall here in southern California. They are planted along many streets here in the San Fernando Valley.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

What I'm (e)Reading...Robin's Nesting Place

Robin's Nesting Place is one of the many gardening blogs I follow. It is filled with some tremendous photography, like the post below. Like many blogs, Robin's Nesting Place is highlighting the changes that Winter brings to the garden.

I love hearing and seeing what is going on in other people's gardens, no matter where in the world they might be. The superior photography of this blog gives me a wonderful look -- almost like I am actually there.

Mosaic Monday- Frosted:
I woke up yesterday morning to a heavy frost on the ground. As much as I dreaded seeing it, it was actually quite beautiful. While still in my fleece pajamas and before coffee, I put on my coat and grabbed my camera and headed out to take a few pictures and enjoy the beauty of the delicate frost on my garden.

There is a late blooming sunflower that has just opened up and a few small roses on the Knock Out rose bushes. This frost pretty much finished up what was left of the cosmos.

I know a lot of people don't like the 'Purple Wave' petunias, but I love them and have them every year. They are so easy to grow from seed in my indoor growing system, I usually have a 100% success rate. There aren't too many flowers that I can say that about! When they start looking tacky in late summer, I cut them way back and they come to life again rewarding me with beautiful blooms well into autumn. They can withstand a significant frost and still look pretty. They can also withstand the heat and don't have to be pampered. Definitely a must have for me!

I'm linking today to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Mary, from the Little Red House. Hop on over and see her gorgeous fall collage!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Elsewhere: LADWP offers FREE Landscape classes

LADWP offers FREE Landscape classes:

"LADWP is offering its customers free landscape classes focused on using ideal vegetation for our climate. The California Friendly Landscape Workshop will show you how to choose the right plants and conserve water in Southern California.

Workshop Dates and Locations:

Saturday, November 7 & Saturday, November 21
Downtown Fashion District -1350 S. Wall Street, Los Angeles 90015

Saturday, December 5
Harbor City 24901 Frampton Avenue, Harbor City 90710

Class sizes are limited, so you must RSVP immediately.