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. 

Photo: Sunset New Western Garden Book, 4th Edition, 1979

I saw this at a client’s house and had to grab a quick shot. I actually thought it was even older, but 1979 still makes it over 30 years old. I bought what was the current edition(8th) when I purchased my house in 1996 and have used it a lot since. Sunset released a new edition of the Sunset Western Garden Book this year so you can continue to get great information about your western garden. It has a lot of great, specific information for western gardeners — whether you live on the coast, in the mountains or in the desert. A great reference book!

Sunset New Western Garden Book, 4th Edition, 1979 

Link: Sunset Western Garden Book, 9th Edition, 2012

“The goal of sketching in the garden is to see things more clearly…”

From A Gardener’s Notebook by Douglas E. Welch…

“The goal of sketching in the garden is to see things more clearly not necessarily make a perfect reproduction of them on paper.”

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Garden Vocabulary: Hybrid/Hybridization

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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!


“The process of combining different varieties of organisms to create a hybrid (biology)”

Wikipedia, Hybridization


“Offspring resulting from the interbreeding between two animals or plants of different species.”

Wikipedia, Hybrid (Biology),

When reading about gardening, we often hear of this or that “new hybrid.” Almost universally, this refers to hybrids created explicitly by growers around the world. Using a variety of techniques, they have caused flower or plants with the desired characteristics to cross-pollinate — either by placing them in close and exclusive proximity to one another — or more likely — using mechanical methods to transfer pollen from one species plant to another in hopes of producing a single variety (hybrid) that holds all the desired characteristics. This is how we have gone from the simple rugosa Rose to thousands of different roses of nearly every shape and size. (See Hybrid Tea Rose)

Further reading on Hybrid/Hybridization:

Flower Hybridization with Gerbera Daisies Video

Video: Poinsettia Care from Bostdorff Greenhouse, Bowling Green, Ohio

A good, short video on poinsettia care from Bostdorff Greenhouse in my old college town of Bowling Green, Ohio.

I got my Bachelor’s Degree from BGSU between 1982-1985. It is also where I met my wife of 26.5 years on the first night of my Fall Semester. Cool, huh?

Link: Bostdorff Greenhouse Web Site

Link: Bostdorff Greenhouse YouTube Channel

Elsewhere: Simple Container Plantings for Intriguing Garden Design from

We have added some containers in the last few months, mainly to provide food-growing areas in the sunnier places in the garden. This article mainly deals with the decorative element of containers, but there is no reason these containers couldn’t be filled with wonderful food items. Then you get beauty in the garden and on the table.

See my Container Garden Update videos on YouTube for more information on our containers


Video: In the garden…Compost Harvest – December 16, 2012

“In the garden…” is a series for A Gardener’s Notebook highlighting what is happening in my garden, my friend’s gardens and California gardens throughout the seasons.


Can’t see the video above? Watch “In the garden…Compost Harvest – December 16, 2012” on YouTube  

Watch all the past “In the garden…” videos in this YouTube playlist.

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Your likes and subscriptions directly reflect how many other viewers are suggested this video.

Elsewhere: Detailed wreath-making instructions from

Check out this step-by-step wreath-making demonstration.

News: 2012 Gift Guide Complete, new blog and podcast series, and more! Send me your feedback!

2012 Gift Guide Completes!

As the shipping window begins to close on this holiday season, and after 115 different items,  our 2012 Gift Guide comes to an end. I hope you have found my suggestions useful, practical and enjoyable and hope you have found gifts for your friends, family and yourself. Some of these items might be available locally or can be downloaded, so you still have some gifting time left.

Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirkey Microwave-heated Plant Press Arriba Cases Gear Transport Bags Mophie Powerstation 4000mAh 2.1A External Battery Charger Garden House: Bringing the Outdoors In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Behringer 302USB Premium 5-Input Mixer

You can find a complete list of all the gift guide items at the end of this message.

Books by Douglas E. Welch

My ebooks, can be “gifted” directly from and/or immediately downloaded to a eReader you might also be giving. I hope you’ll consider these book as a gift to your garden/careerbuilder/social media friends and family.


All the recipes for my Annual Christmas Cookie Party are now available in these FREE cookbooks — available on your iPad or computer!

Video from Douglas

My video work has been growing over the last year and you can find all of my videos on my blogs and YouTube Channel. Subscribe to that channel, or the podcasts, to see each new video automatically.

New to

My gift to all of you this season is a collection of new blog and video series to feed your garden/career/new media needs. Some of these series have started already and you will see them in the appropriate blogs These include In the garden…New Media Gear, Garden Vocabulary, Subscribed, New Food, Recipes in Rotation and more. You can also catch me each week as co-host of #KitchenParty, a live interview show where we get to talk to all our foodie friends. You can see past episodes on the YouTube Channel.

I am transitioning away from my computer consulting work and focusing more the blogs and podcasts, so you should be seeing more great content, on a more regular schedule, than ever before. I hope you will join me in the coming year. I would love to hear what you think about anything you see here.

Wishing you all the best in 2013!




2012 Gift Guide

More 2012 Gift Guide Items:

  1. Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
  2. Bulb Planting Tools
  3. Blue Snowball Microphone
  4. Seagate Backup Plus 500 GB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive
  5. Logitech C920 HD Web Cam
  6. We Are All Weird by Seth Godin
  7. Sunset Western Garden Book – New Edition for 2012
  8. The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings
  9. Garden Mysteries by Anthony Eglin
  10. The Creative Habit/The Collaborative Habit by Twyla Tharp
  11. Moleskeine Journals
  12. Pat Welsh’s Southern California Organic Gardening (3rd Edition): Month by Month
  13. Podcasting for Dummies/Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies
  14. Wacom Bamboo Splash Pen Tablet
  15. Radical Careering by Sally Hogshead
  16. The $64 Tomato
  17. Blue Yeti Microphone
  18. BioLite CampStove/HomeStove
  19. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  20. The Curious Gardener
  21. Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
  22. GoPro HD HERO 3
  23. Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart
  24. The Starfish and the Spider by Orj Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom
  25. Microphone Boom Arms
  26. The Information by James Gleick
  27. Handy Farm Devices And How To Make Them (1909)
  28. Zarrella’s Hierarchy of Contagiousness: The Science, Design, and Engineering of Contagious Ideas
  29. Apple iPhone 5
  30. Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod
  31. Killer Ratings by Lisa Seidman
  32. Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It by Karen Solomon
  33. Zoom Portable Recorders (H1, H2, H2n, H4n)
  34. Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
  35. My Teenager’s Favorite Games
  36. The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness
  37. In a Mexican Garden: courtyards, pools and open-air living rooms
  38. Fields of Plenty: A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it
  39. Apple iPad/iPad Mini
  40. The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam
  41. Cucina Rustica
  42. The Great Potato Book
  43. Rode Podcaster Microphone
  44. High-Tech Fitness Monitors
  45. Books by Douglas E. Welch
  46. Tribes by Seth Godin
  47. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  48. The Italian Slow Cooker cookbook
  49. The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need
  50. Classes from The Institute of Domestic Technology
  51. Olympus PEN E-P1 12 MP Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
  52. Backyard Giants: The Passionate, Heartbreaking and Glorious Quest to Grow the Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Susan Warren
  53. Cocoon GRID-IT Organizer Packs
  54. Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
  55. Podcast Solutions by Dan Klass and Michael Geoghegan
  56. The Craft and Business of Songwriting by John Braheny
  57. Dexim Visible Green Smart Charge & Sync Cable
  58. Wells Lamont Wet and Muddy Latex Coated Gardening Glove
  59. Rosanne’s Top 5 Books for Film Buffs
  60. Bon-Aire HN-10C Original Ultimate Hose Nozzle
  61. Microphones from Giant Squid Audio Labs
  62. Re-Imagine by Tom Peters
  63. Razer Gaming Mice
  64. Garden Hod harvest carrier
  65. Nest Learning Thermostat
  66. Aha! 10 Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit and Find Your Great Ideas
  67. Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too: The Modern Step-By-Step Guide to Preserving Food
  68. A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative
  69. Fiskars 7936 PowerGear Pruner
  70. Chi-qoo Solar Power Pack Kit from Bootstrap Solar
  71. Read This Before Our Next Meeting by Al Pittampalli
  72. Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone
  73. – One Stop Seed Shop
  74. 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive
  75. Desktop Microphone Stands
  76. Logitech Harmony 650 Remote Control
  77. Maple Sugaring Startup Kit from Tap My Trees
  78. Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones
  79. Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace
  80. Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bags
  81. The SeedKeeper Company
  82. Jump Start Your Brain by Doug Hall and David Wecker
  83. Joby GP1-A1EN GorillaPod Flexible Tripod
  84. Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirkey
  85. How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables by Rebecca Rupp
  86. Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History
  87. Behringer XENYX X1622USB Premium 16-Input 2/2-Bus Mixer
  88. Starter Kit for Newsite Arduino Uno R3
  89. RAM Vehicle Mounts for iPhone (and nearly any other device)
  90. The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart
  91. Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity by David Whyte
  92. Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees
  93. Don’t Send a Resume: And Other Contrarian Rules to Help Land a Great Job
  94. Olloclip 3-in-1 Lens for iPhone
  95. Rules of Thumb by Alan M. Webber
  96. Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Microphone
  97. Asus Google Nexus 7
  98. A Country Year by Sue Hubbell
  99. The Art of Possibility by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander
  100. A Book of Bees : And How to Keep Them by Sue Hubbell
  101. Blue Microphones Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp
  102. Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work by John C. Maxwell
  103. Fiskars 9625 18-Inch PowerGear Bypass Lopper
  104. Minecraft
  105. The Pursuit of Wow! by Tom Peters
  106. Urban Sanctuaries
  107. Twine – Your first step into The Internet of Things
  108. Behringer 302USB Premium 5-Input Mixer
  109. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  110. Garden House: Bringing the Outdoors In
  111. Mophie Powerstation 4000mAh 2.1A External Battery Charger
  112. Arriba Cases Gear Transport Bags
  113. Microwave-heated Plant Press
  114. Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirkey
  115. Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More


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