Bewitched roses in my garden via Instagram

Bewitched roses in my garden

Bewitched roses in my garden via Instagram

The winter rains have arrived, my rose pruning was done a week or so ago, and these blooms are already appearing. I’m seeing lots of growth on all the rose plants, some of which we transplanted into pots so we can move them to a sunnier place in the garden.


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Dazzling Dahlias – 15 in a series – Growing and Caring for Dahlias via The Spruce

Dazzling Dahlias – 15 in a series – Growing and Caring for Dahlias via The Spruce

Dazzling Dahlias - 15 in a series - Growing and Caring for Dahlias via The Spruce

Dahlias are mid- to late season flowers that come in a vast array of colors and forms. There are small flowered bedding dahlias as well as plate-sized blossoms on 6 ft. plants. It’s hard to give an overview of dahlias when there is so much diversity.

Dahlias are often grown for their long-lasting cut flowers. There are some 30 species of dahlias and over 20,000 cultivars. Native to Central America, they have become darlings of plant breeders and flower shows and every year they become more dazzling.

Most of us think of dahlias as cut flowers. They do make exceptional cut flowers, but they also deserve some recognition as garden plants. Although they can be a little temperamental and fussy about the weather and growing conditions, many of the newer cultivars have been bred to be more reliable and easy growing.

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From Gardening Don’ts (1913) by M.C. 09

From Gardening Don'ts (1913) by M.C. 09

DON’T, because you ad-
mire someone else’s
garden, try to make yours
exactly like it : no two women
can be charming in the same
way, and no two gardens !

From Gardening Don'ts by M.C. 01

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Three garden resolutions via Red Dirt Ramblings

I seem to be much better at holding to other people’s resolutions instead of my own, so I figure I will piggy-back on a few of my favorite blog’s resolutions in order to make a good start on the year.  (LAUGH) — Douglas
 
Remove overly-aggressive plants
1. Remove overly-aggressive plants like Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm.’ Although this was a great plant in my garden when I watered with soaker hoses, it now takes over and crowds out other, more desirable plants. I blame its bad behavior on my having a better watering system. I’ve used drip irrigation since 2008. ‘Goldsturm’ is also only good for skipper butterflies in my garden. Bees like wood bees and honey bees don’t go near it. I am going to keep it in this one terrible part of the garden where very little water and clay soil remain. It’s near the air conditioner so the area is also very hot.
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Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents: 15 in a series – Opuntia microdasys albata via Succulents and Sunshine

Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents: 15 in a series – Opuntia microdasys albata via Succulents and Sunshine

Captivating Cactus and Striking Succulents: 15 in a series - Opuntia microdasys albata via Succulents and Sunshine

This paddle cactus is a favorite among indoor and outdoor succulent growers. The green pads of this cacti form shrubs. The pads are not covered in spines, but white or yellow aureoles that look like tufts of cotton. Although they may look soft, use caution when handling them!

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Historical Garden Books – 60 in a series – Gardening for health and recreation; a booklet of information about gardening for busy men and women by American Fork & Hoe Company, Cleveland, Ohio

Historical Garden Books – 60 in a series – Gardening for health and recreation; a booklet of information about gardening for busy men and women by American Fork & Hoe Company, Cleveland, Ohio

Historical Garden Books - 60 in a series - Gardening for health and recreation; a booklet of information about gardening for busy men and women by American Fork & Hoe Company, Cleveland, OhioHistorical Garden Books - 60 in a series - Gardening for health and recreation; a booklet of information about gardening for busy men and women by American Fork & Hoe Company, Cleveland, Ohio

Historical Garden Books - 60 in a series - Gardening for health and recreation; a booklet of information about gardening for busy men and women by American Fork & Hoe Company, Cleveland, OhioHistorical Garden Books - 60 in a series - Gardening for health and recreation; a booklet of information about gardening for busy men and women by American Fork & Hoe Company, Cleveland, Ohio

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THE advantages of gardening as a source of health, recreation and profit are being recognized more and more with every year. It has been taken up by clever and capable people as a livelihood, and shown to be extremely profitable.

The up-to-date farmer recognizes its value as a profitable adjunct to more extensive operations.

Thousands who have been compelled by ill health to give up active business life have been restored to strength and self-support by contact with the bountiful earth.

The wonderful results thus obtainable are now too well known to be questioned anywhere.

But there is another vast field open for gardening, the development of which is still in its infancy.

It possesses wonderful and largely unrealized possibilities for busy men and women who dwell in towns and cities, or their suburbs — who live, in the main, sedentary lives, with little time for recreation.

Many persons so situated are deterred from taking up gardening by the fear that it will necessitate too much hard work, or a large amount of land or expense.

Nothing need be farther from the truth. In fact, no hobby or recreation returns a larger interest in proportion to the original investment.

With proper care, vegetables and flowers more than repay any outlay on seed, plants, fertilizer, tools or other accessories.



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How I use Coffee Grounds In The Garden | Bren Haas via Creative Living with Bren Haas

I use coffee grounds in my gardens, though usually as just green material for my compost bins along with all the other kitchen waste. It is good to see some other, direct, uses for coffee grounds. There is an 18 minute interview video as part of this article, too. — Douglas
 
 
Over the years online I’ve been able to find experts who are excited to share their experience in gardening to debunk the home gardening myths that keep popping up.  Nothing ‘erks’ me more than misleading information being shared online.  In this post, I hope to share with you what I’ve found out about using coffee grounds (and a few other goodies) in your home garden.  I will be sharing my personal experience using coffee grounds.

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NEW DESIGN – Paperwhites 2019 on Totes, Coasters, and More From Douglas E. Welch Design and Photography [For Sale]

NEW DESIGN – Paperwhites 2019 on Totes, Coasters, and More From Douglas E. Welch Design and Photography [For Sale]

NEW DESIGN - Paperwhites 2019 on Totes, Coasters, and More From Douglas E. Welch Design and Photography [For Sale]</p>

<p>Includes throw blankets, duvet covers, pillows, hoodies, tees, and much more!

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This year’s paper whites have already flowered due to our Winter rains and I always make a point of photographing the first set to bloom. These are one of my most favorite flowers in the garden and are always harbingers of our California Spring.

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First Paperwhites (Narcissus papyraceus ) 2019 via Instagram

First Paperwhites (Narcissus papyraceus ) 2019

First Paperwhites (Narcissus papyraceus ) 2019 via Instagram

The first blooms have shown their cheery face for the season.


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From Gardening Don’ts (1913) by M.C. 08

From Gardening Don'ts (1913) by M.C. 08

DON’T say to those who
come to see your garden:
‘Ah, you should have been
here last week; I have never
seen such a blaze of colour.
Now, of course, everything is
over ;’ or (knowing they are
just going abroad), ‘If you
could only come in a fort-
night’s time, I should really
have something lovely to
show you.’

From Gardening Don'ts by M.C. 01

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