Free Garden Wallpapers for April 2012 – Passiflora

Here is a selection of free wallpapers for your computer desktop or smartphone. Right-click and select Save Image As… to download them to your own computer.

Desktop Wallpaper

Passiflora wallpaper desktop


iPad Wallpaper

Passiflora wallpaper ipad

iPhone/Smartphone Wallpaper

Passiflora wallpaper iphone

Photo: Tomatoes in HDR

Another 2 HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos from the garden. These look very similar, but the way the HDR stick program merges the 3 pictures cause slight differences in each.


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Shared Gardening Items for March 2012

Here are my I Like This Shared Gardening Items for March 2012.

Please let me know in the comments if you find any of the particularly useful. I’ll keep my eye open for similar items — Douglas

The garden in HDR

I was out in the garden playing around with my camera and took this HDR (high dynamic range) style photo. I think it gives an interesting perspective to the back woodland area of the garden.

Garden HDR 1

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Project: DIY upside down tomato grower

I have been toying around with various container ideas in order to get the most out of my heavily shaded property. We are surrounded by mature trees, so sunlight can be hard to come buy. One way around this is to use containers, large and small, that allow me to move things into the sunniest part of the yard on demand.

This DIY upside down tomato planter caught my eye for just this reason. It could be hung in a variety of areas and even perhaps put on wheels so it could be moved at will. Looking at the design it might be a bit heavy to move around too much, but I think I would have to make one first just to be sure.

Do you have creative ideas for getting the most out of the sun in your garden? Please share them in the comments.


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OMG Strawberries!!!

OMG Strawberries, originally uploaded by dewelch.

These strawberries were HUGE, but still had great strawberry flavor, which is unusual. I thought this shot turned out well, too, with the excellent depth of field and lighting.

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Taken at an event for Friends of the Island Fox a charity dedicated to protecting this endangered species — the Channel Island Fox. Click this link for more information or to donate to the group. Friends of the Island Fox

Lavender Harvest 2012

I was aware enough this year to harvest my lavender at a more appropriate time than I did last year. According to my reading, you want to harvest it as soon as the flowers have fully opened. I had noticed a few days ago that it was flowering, so today, after returning from a client call and school pickup, I walked out with my pruners and cut the flower stalked from each plant.

Lavender Closeup

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By necessity, I took a lot of the leaves with each stalk, too. This variety seems to have leaves right up to the flower bud itself. When placing these in a vase, I left some leaves on the stems, but then I also pulled some leaves off to make for a better presentation. Those leaves didn’t go to waste, though. I collected them up in a few bowls to scatter around the house.

Lavender Closeup

My wife, Rosanne, loves the scent of lavender, so I hope this is a nice surprise when she arrives home from her work as a college professor. It is so nice to be able to bring a little of our garden inside so we can enjoy it wherever we happen (or need) to be.

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Updated: Coming this weekend! — Tomatomania 2012 dates announced!


Tomatomania, the annual tomato seedling extravaganza has just announced it’s dates for 2012. It looks like they have added a few new locations, too.

Each Tomatomania has hundreds of different varieties of tomatoes ready to take home to your own garden and kick start your Summer growing.

Here is a video I shot last year with Tomatomania founder, Scott Daigre.


Download “Tomatomania 2011: Scenes and Interview” – iPod Ready format


My local Tomatomania, at Tapia Bros. Farm in Encino, CA will be held on March 23-25, 2012.

Photos: Teresa’s Azaleas

Visiting one of my computer consulting clients today, I found these amazing azaleas in full bloom in her garden. Teresa says that they were even better before we had the heavy rains over the weekend. I can hardly imagine how much better they could look when they look so fabulous today. Teresa’s garden is located in Pasadena, California (Yes, the home of the Tournament of Roses parade) Take that all you rose lovers! (LAUGH)


Teresa's Azaleas - Pasadena, CA

Teresa's Azaleas - Pasadena, CA

Teresa's Azaleas - Pasadena, CA

Cute recycling idea – Bowling Ball Ladybugs for your garden

I thought this was soooooo cute when I saw it on PInterest. I suppose you use the same idea with anything round you might have about the place.


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