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March 2015

Video: Spring Beauty That Lasts – Sponsored by #Monrovia – My 2 New Plants

Thanks to Monrovia for sponsoring this series of posts. The opinions stated here are my own.     Hello everyone, it’s Douglas E. Welch from A Gardener’s Notebook. You may have noticed on the blog that I’ve had a sponsored opportunity from Monrovia to try out some of their plants in my garden. So, I headed off to my […]

What Monrovia Plants should I try in my garden? California Buckwheat, New Zealand Tea Tree or something completely different?

Thanks to Monrovia for sponsoring this series of posts. The opinions stated here are my own. Monrovia Nursery discovered A Gardener’s Notebook somehow and they have reached out to me with an offer to try some of their plants and share my experiences with you. While they have provided me a budget to buy the plants, the […]

Video: In the garden…March 4, 2015: Wisteria cutting takes off from A Gardener’s Notebook

A short look at an experiment I started a few weeks ago. While pruning back the dormant wisteria vines, I took a few cuttings to see if they might root. This one has taken off and I have potted it up into a larger size to grow it on a bit more. Hopefully, this will […]

Garden Decor: Copper Pipe Tiki Torches DIY

Copper Pipe Tiki Torches DIY I’ve never been a big fan of the bamboo style tiki torches. They seem to cumbersome and even, in some cases, catch fire themselves, if the wind is blowing too hard in the wrong direction. These copper pipe torches are much more my style. I think they look quite elegant […]

Free Gerbera Daisy Computer and Smartphone Wallpapers for March 2015

Here is a selection of free wallpapers for your computer desktop or smartphone. Click to load full-sized image, then right-click and select Save Image As… to download them to your own computer. On your smartphone, click the image to see the full-sized image, tap and hold, then select Save to Camera Roll. You can then […]

Flowering Now: Freesia

Flowering Now: Freesia Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook We have two types of Freesia that arrive in the garden each Spring. They don’t get quite enough sun and so they are quite “floppy”, but they return every year like clockwork. This year they seem a bit perkier. We removed a pine tree that shaded […]

It’s Tomatomania Time Again! – March 20-22, 2015, Encino, CA

It’s that time of year again…time to get growing — and eventually eating — all that tomato-y goodness from your own garden. This year’s bi-coastal Tomatomania 2015 may be coming to an area near you. Check out all the info on their web site, Tomatomania.com.   Our own local event, here at Tapia Bros in […]

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, […]