Garden Alphabet: Brugmansia

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Garden Vocabulary: Deciduous

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This Garden Vocabulary series seeks to introduce and explain to you — and in many cases, myself — words and terms associated with gardening. Please let me know if  there are any terms you would like me to explore. You can leave your ideas in the comments section and we can learn together!


“Deciduous means “falling off at maturity” or “tending to fall off”, and is typically used in reference to trees or shrubs that lose their leaves seasonally, and to the shedding of other plant structures such as petals after flowering or fruit when ripe. In a more general sense, deciduous means the dropping of a part that is no longer needed, or falling away after its purpose is finished. In plants it is the result of natural processes. Deciduous has a similar meaning when referring to animal parts, such as deciduous antlers in deer,[1] or deciduous teeth, also known as baby teeth, in some mammals (including human children).”

Wikipedia, Deciduous

This is one of the first concepts you learn in basic school science classes, deciduous vs. evergreen. Even then, though, there are levels of subtly between these two levels. Here in California we have Live Oak trees which never lose all their leaves at once, but according to the definition above, they would be classified as deciduous. We tend to think that deciduous means those trees and plants that lose their leaves in Winter, but in our climate there are many deciduous trees that don’t.

Until researching this entry, I didn’t realize that the term applied to mammals as well.

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Video: A Welch Family Christmas 2012

A short glimpse into our Christmas home (2 min)

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Music: “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies”, Kevin MacLeod, Under Creative Commons Attribution License

Photos: First Paperwhite 2012

Working out in the garden today I came across this First Paperwhite of 2012! According to my handy-dandy, Google Calendar gardening journal, this is just 2 days after I spotted the first Paperwhite last year.

Here are a few pictures to get you dreaming of Spring!

First Paperwhite 2012 - 2

First Paperwhite 2012 - 5 First Paperwhite 2012 - 4 First Paperwhite 2012 - 3 First Paperwhite 2012 - 1

Books by Douglas E. Welch – Gift Them Directly to Your Friends and Family via Kindle

From A Gardener’s Notebook: A collection of essays

What is there about a garden?

Gardens can be beautiful or productive and are often both at the same time. Every gardener brings their own energies, their own attitudes, their own wants, needs and desires to their garden, making each one a unique statement on their creators. Whether you are growing vegetables, flowers for cutting or the world’s largest pumpkin, gardens can hold a special place in your heart.

Gardens can tell us a lot about ourselves, but we also end up communicating who we are to others through our gardens. One visit to my garden and you will see that I like things a little wild and not too tidy. You’ll notice that I garden with benign neglect — reveling in those things that survive and not worrying too much about those that don’t. My garden is a window into the very core of who I am. Sure there will be more to learn, but sometimes I think my garden is the best introduction anyone can have of me.

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The High-Tech Career Handbook: The Best of Career Opportunities 1998-2003

30,000 Words

Navigating the special difficulties of a high-tech career can be troublesome for workers, young and old. Career Opportunities, a weekly column for ComputorEdge Magazine in San Diego, California and Colorado Springs, Colorado, has addressed these issues for almost 13 years. While simultaneously developing his own high-tech career, author Douglas E. Welch has shared his insights, trials, setbacks and successes with his readers. The High-Tech Career Handbook collects the best columns from 1997-2003 into a book for all high-tech careerists, whether they are just starting out, building their career or looking for a new career in the high-tech world. Topics covered in the columns include getting your career started, ethics, fairness and the benefits of doing honest business, personal development, professional development, and the tips and tricks for transitioning into a mature career. 

Cultivating Your Career Reputations

11,000 Words

While we often talk about one, monolithic, Reputation – with a capital R — I believe that there are a series of reputations that make up the whole. This book will focus on the combination of reputations that make up your one, overarching, Reputation. By examining each of these reputations in detail, I hope you will find specific areas where you can improve your work, your actions and your thoughts so that your overall professional reputation grows. Why break your Reputation down into its constituent parts? It is often said that you can’t “do” projects, you can only do the individual tasks that make up the project and achieve the desired result. The same can be said for reputation. You don’t build your reputation as a whole, you cultivate the smaller reputations that create it. Each individual action builds your reputation in unique ways and each requires some thought as to how they relate to the whole. Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Reputations
  • A Reputation for Fairness
  • A Reputation for Honesty
  • A Reputation for Trustworthiness
  • A Reputation for Decision-making
  • A Reputation for Empathy
  • A Reputation for Helpfulness
  • A Reputation for Compromise
  • A Reputation for Clarity
  • A Reputation for the Big Picture…and the small
  • A Reputation for Balancing Work and Self
  • A Reputation for Creativity and Innovation
  • Conclusion
  • About the Author


Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

5,100 Words

Imagine if when you were born you were given a magical compass to lead you through your life. It would always show you the way. It would show you the right answers on tests, lead you to the right college and to the right course of study at that college. It would lead to your first job, your first (and maybe last) love and always show the path ahead. This isn’t some idle fantasy. We each have a compass to show us the way, if only we would take it out of our pocket and use it. This compass, of course, is our desire. Instead of a needle, it is a feeling, a pull, a tension — in some cases, an overwhelming flood of feeling that says “Yes, this is the way — this is the one — this is where you need to go!”



“I am deeply convinced of the importance and effectiveness of social media. Like the Internet itself, which made social media possible, social media allows you to expose your talents, your products, your creativity to a huge number of people all over the world. The “loose contacts” we make online are the beginning of what I call our own global family. This isn’t one unwieldy global online community, but rather our own personalized family made up of those that bring value into our lives. Our communities might overlap in some ways, but they will never be the same. They can’t be. We are all unique individuals so therefore our communities will reflect this uniqueness In fact, when our communities are too alike, we might be just following the crowd instead of building our own community.”

Social Media Self Preservation is now available in the Amazon Kindle Bookstore.

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Elsewhere: Botanical designer blooms in Highland Park from The Eastsider LA


Botanical designer blooms in Highland Park from The Eastsider LA

Story by Cynthia Greenburg — Photos by Martha Benedict

“The big aha was in NY,” Valerie Jurado says. It was there the daughter of Filipino immigrants who grew up in East L.A. suddenly found herself going from mass producing “baby’s-breath-1-800-FLOWER” style arrangements to designing $400 bouquets for Wall Street bankers. Not to mention keeping big ticket accounts like Kenneth Cole happy. At these modern, high-end floral shops, in addition to an all-encompassing position coordinating events for The Queens Botanical Garden, Jurado’s perspective went through a fundamental shift.


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What Douglas Dug…Show 008 – Garden markers, blue pumpkins, bed frame gates and more!

Our seventh episode of What Douglas Dug…, our regular review show of neat gardening items I have found in my Internet travels. In this episode, A Cheap cold frame, garden sculpture and more!


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Photo: Liquidambar Color for Fall and Winter

Liquidambar Color for Fall and Winter

Liquidambar Color for Fall and Winter Liquidambar Color for Fall and Winter

Frost Warning Tonight – Yes, here in Los Angeles?!

Dark Day - PaD 1/30/07
154 PM PST WED DEC 19 2012



People sometimes forget that Los Angeles is a near desert environment and, as such, it can get some pretty low temperatures of the weather patterns are right. I can remember at least 3 times in the past 26 when we have had dipped below 32F. In fact, about 10 years ago, we had enough of a freeze, over several days, that I lost many of the tropical plants that had been planted by the previous owners.

So, it can happen. Looking at detailed forecasts for our immediate area here in Van Nuys, we will probably get down into the 30’s, but not get an actual frost tonight. The temperature isn’t dropping that quickly, unlike last night when it “plummeted” after sundown. I might cover my containers where I am growing herbs and such before I go to bed, but I am not that worried about tonight.

Still, even here we need to stay aware of the weather and how it will effect our gardens.