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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

On YouTube: Protect Your Garden Greens & Plants from Rabbits: Thrift Store Shopping! from Gary Pilarchik

A great way to protect your plants while recycling/re-using. We are looking for something similar to this as the netting we used gets tangled in everything and makes it difficult to weed the beds when needed. For us, we don’t have rabbits in our garden here but rather squirrels, skunks, opossum and raccoons.  While the […]

10 best gardening books via The Independent

Another great set of books to start working through. I see at least 5 that I will be requesting from the library immediately, if possible. I highly recommend you check out your own local library, too! — Douglas No matter what plants you want to grow, or style of garden you want to maintain, you’ll […]

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Ireland via Gardenista

Another great set of garden ideas from the other side of the Atlantic — Douglas     From the point of view of a plant, Ireland is heaven. Humans may as well abandon their instinct for neatness and symmetry; plants grow too well here. Whether tender or hardy, the climate (not too cold, not too […]

Noted: Tune In: 8 Best Garden Podcasts to Listen to Now – Gardenista

Get your gardening fix via podcast. Here are 8 great shows to check out! – Douglas   Read Tune In: 8 Best Garden Podcasts to Listen to Now – Gardenista via Gardenista An interesting link found among my daily reading Read more on this topic: Noted: A Secret Garden in the Middle of Regent’s Park […]

Noted: 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from London – Gardenista

More great ideas on how to dress up your garden, no matter how large or small — Douglas Read 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from London – Gardenista via Gardenista An interesting link found among my daily reading Read more on this topic: Noted: Field Guide: Smoke Bush by Kendra Wilsonvia via Gardenista Noted: A […]

Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces [Book]

Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces I’m a subscriber and regular reader of the Gardenista blog, from where this book originates, so I am a bit surprised I hadn’t heard about it earlier. A quick trip to the web site of my local library and within minutes I had the book on my […]

Noted: Dirty Secrets: 10 Ways to Improve Garden Soil: Gardenista

I compost here in my garden, but I am always looking for additional tips and hints on how to improve the soil I already have. Check out this great article from Gardenista for more information on how to build your own garden’s soil. — Douglas   Read Dirty Secrets: 10 Ways to Improve Garden Soil: […]