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Thursday, August 07, 2003

My Garden - more photos

I have added a few more photos of the front garden to My Garden photo gallery this afternoon, including this nice shot of a caterpillar.

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I believe this is a Gulf Frittillary (Agraulis vanillae). They really like Passionflower vines and this is exactly where he/she is living at the moment.

My Garden in pictures

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A fellow Tribe.Net user wanted to see more photos, descriptions and maps of other members gardens. This got me to thinking about a little project I have been meaning to do for a while...documenting our garden.

My Garden, a gallery of pictures showing various areas of the garden. I am hoping to expand this by including maps and plant lists over time, but for right now, it contains 2 photos looking into the garden from the back patio.

Hopefully, this won't expose too many of my limitations as a gardener, but, the heart of AGN is learning by example, both good and bad. Be kind!

The shot is taken facing due East around mid-morning today. In the bed along the left hand side you can see the Nandina, agapanthus, the small trunk if an overarching Locust tree, 2-3 iris, a gazing ball, my favorite tree, a Japanese Maple which is over-shadowed by the large Eucalyptus behind it.

Just peeking in on the right is the wisteria trellis.

The building you see is a 1970's addition to our 1943 house. It was designed as a master suite but now includes our extensive offices and a large play room for our son.

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Photos for Sale!

I am testing out a new feature on the web site today. As I post pictures from our travels, I am including some of them in DotPhoto. This allows you to browse and then purchase prints of the photos directly from DotPhoto.

You can click on the photo above to see two pictures I am using as a test.

If this system works out, I will be including photos from various WelchEvents and school events so that friends and parents can get real, photographic prints instead of printing them out themselves.

Kids and Gardening

Here are some gardening links for the kids in your life. They cover everything from safe plants for a kids garden to using gardening as a science fair topic for older kids.

Monday, August 04, 2003

Local Harvest - Farmer's Markets/Family Farms/Organic Food

Local Harvest is a web site dedicated to helping you find the best in locally produced food products. You can put in your zip code and find farms, farmer's markets and restaurants near you.

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Sunday, August 03, 2003

A walk through the neighborhood

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This morning I decided to step away from the computer for a quick walk around the neighborhood. I remembered to take my camera this time, and captured a few of the plants in bloom at this time of year. The picking were somewhat slim, as the heat has caused most plants to peak weeks ago. That said, the tropical plants are doing well, even with the reduced humidity.

There are several homes with Morning Glory sprawled on fences and over gates. It is beautiful, but I have avoided it in my garden due to its habit of taking over everything. Since we don't get a killing frost here in the San Fernando Valley, Morning Glory can, and does, grow all year long. Some people might even classify it as an invasive plant out here.

Hibiscus loves the sun and the heat of the summer months, so there are almost always examples of it blooming throughout the city. People have trained them into some unlikely forms, too. I see hibiscus planted separately as specimen plants, mashed together to form hedges and trimmed into squares and balls like a yew bush. My hibiscus seem to thrive, but suffer a constant attack of white fly. II basically spray off the larvae and the adults whenever I am in the garden and I installed yellow sticky cards about a week ago, but it seems to do little.

There are some spectacular examples of Crape Myrtle around. My poor little one in the back garden had been suffering under the shade canopy of a large eucalyptus and ash tree, so it looks spindly and sickly. The examples in the photos, though, show what a crape myrtle should look like in the full bloom of health. I see quite a few of these trees in the Valley, but these are some particularly wonderful examples.

The plant information links above take you to Floridata.com. Check out there collection of plant information and their Gardener's Journal column.