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First Daffodil 2017

  First Daffodil 2017 I was out doing a few tasks in the garden today and noticed the first Daffodil of the year at the end of the driveway. I try to note the first occurrence each year in my gardening calendar, so I have dates for a few years back. Follow A Gardener’s Notebook […]

Recent Garden Photos from My Instagram – October 5, 2015

                            More photos from Douglas E. Welch Read more on this topic: Recent Garden Photos from My Instagram Photos: In the neighborhood…March 9, 2015 – Van Nuys, California Photos: Paperwhites in the sun Photos: Gulf Fritillary Butterfly in my garden – January 16, 2015 Photos: Cactus Closeup via #instagram and more!

Photo: Purple Iochroma at The Gardens at Lake Merritt, Oakland, California

  Purchase this photo and others on a variety of products from my portfolio Read more on this topic: Photo: Yellow Daylily at The Gardens at Lake Merritt, Oakland, California Photo: Pink Geranium (Pelargonium) at The Gardens at Lake Merritt, Oakland, California Photo: Purple Orchid from Southern California Spring Garden Show (Animated GIF) Photo: Purple […]

Interesting Plant: Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa)

Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa)  Today’s Interesting Plant comes from a friends garden. I was visiting Keri from the Animalbytes blog and came across this wonderful phlomis in her garden. It is quite a striking plant, while also being water wise and a great attractor for insects and hummingbirds. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook […]

Interesting Plant: Bigberry Manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca) via BeWaterWise (@bewaterwiseh2o)

Bigberry Manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca) via BeWaterWise.com A few months ago I was invited down the office of the Metropolitan Water District to meet a number of people involved in their BeWaterWise.com project to help reduce water usage in California. As part of their efforts, they focus on providing plant alternatives to water hungry lawns. Over the next several weeks, […]

Video: In the garden…January 23, 2015: Replanting after frost damage and more sweet potatoes harvested

I replace some frost damaged basil, plant out some homemade lavender cuttings and harvest another 3rd of the sweet potato bed with great results.  Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s Notebook” now available as a Kindle eBook. (You don’t need a Kindle to read it, though. Read it on your PC, Link: http://j.mp/fagnbook Watch […]

Photo: Raindrops on poinsettia via #instagram

Previously in my Instagram Photos… Read more on this topic: Photo: Poinsettia salvaged from 2013 taking on seasonal colors via #instagram Photo: Here comes the sun! via #instagram Photo: Yellow Hibiscus via Instagram Photo: Strawberry Flower #garden #plant via Instagram Photo: Bewitched Rose 2011 via #instagram

Interesting Plant: Sanguisorba

Sanguisorba Discovered via Pinterest User By C’mai Sanguisorba is a genus of flowering plants in the family Rosaceae native to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The common name is burnet. The plants are perennial herbs or small shrubs. The stems grow to 50-200 cm tall and have a cluster of basal leaves, with further leaves arranged alternately up the stem. The […]

Collect both horticultural and garden design books…from A Gardener’s Notebook

  “The next item to consider for your gardening library is establishing a balance between books filled with information — latin names, identifying marks, propagation tips –and books that focus on theory and design. You want a few of each as you will need both sides of the equation. Informational books can help you in […]

Garden Alphabet: Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) A little early in the season, perhaps, but this poinsettia photo comes from a collection of photos I took in 2002. I often return to my archives to find good examples of flowers and plants I haven’t highlighted before here in Garden Alphabet. We actually have one poinsettia from a few years […]