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A Gardener’s Notebook: The Guilty Gardener  – 3 in a series – Galvanized pipe doesn’t last forever

A Gardener’s Notebook: The Guilty Gardener  – 3 in a series – Galvanized pipe doesn’t last forever Douglas E. Welch Forgive me for a moment… Damn! Damn! Damn! Damn! Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, welcome back to The Guilty Gardener. What do I have to feel guilty about today? Oh […]

Historical Garden Books: Colour in the flower garden by Gertrude Jekyll (1908) – 8 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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you […]

14 Garden Arbor | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

See all the 2017 Gift Guide Entries 14 Garden Arbor From Douglas… We have been meaning to get a trellis for the Lady Bank’s Rose in the front garden for a long time, but it wasn’t growing very fast and we concentrated on other, more important tasks. That all changed this Winter and Spring, though. […]

08 The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

See all the 2017 Gift Guide Entries 08 The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden by Johanna Silver (Author), Marion Brenner (Photographer) If you truly want to know and understand a garden, you need to walk the garden with the owner, the creator, the designer or the head gardener. They can show […]

Get these Cactus Garden Totes, Laptop Sleeves, Mugs, iPhone Cases and More!

Get these Cactus Garden Totes, Laptop Sleeves, Mugs, iPhone Cases and More! Directly from my Instagram Photos Original Gifts for Original PeopleAvailable exclusively fromDouglasEWelch.com/shopDouglasEWelch.com/shop/77 (Direct Link) Tote Bag Features Selected design printed on both sides 1 inch wide super strong cotton shoulder strap (14 inch length) Soft yet hard wearing 100% spun Polyester Poplin fabric […]

Garden Decor: Today’s Coffee Break Reading at Farm Table via Instagram

Today’s Coffee Break Reading at Farm Table I walked to the library to pick up this book and grab a coffee this afternoon. Farm Table provides a nice place to grab an Americano and snack on the way back (They have some nice full meals, too)   Join the conversation on A Gardener’s Notebook on […]

In the garden…New Obelisk for the Clytostoma

Finally — I know I use that word a lot — I was finally able to locate and install a new, steel frame,  obelisk so the clytostoma vine wasn’t flopping over itself with nothing to climb on. It used to cover a trellis that ran along my office windows, but that came down in disrepair […]

7 Excellent Screening Hedges/Trees from Garden of Eva

I see so many bad hedging choices made here in Los Angeles, so when our new neighbors wanted to plant a hedge, I found this article on non-traditions and perhaps better choices. — Douglas Ficus Nitida and Ficus Benjamina are not the solution. Whenever a client asks about installing a hedge they’re usually thinking of planting […]

7 Excellent Screening Hedges via A Gardener’s Thoughts & Fancies

Our new neighbors want to plant a hedge between the houses, so I went off and did some research of some of the best hedge plants for Southern California. There is a lot of great information in this article. Give it a read before you plant your new hedge. — Douglas Ficus Nitida and Ficus […]

Finally, a new fence in the garden!

We have wanted to replace the broken-down wooden fence on our north property line almost since we moved in 20 years ago, but for a variety of reasons we were never able to make it happen. This week though a young couple became our new neighbors and a new fence was one of the first […]