Debra Lee Baldwin

My 2017 Succulent Watercolor Calendar

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While my garden baked in summer heat, I tackled three indoor tasks: (1) paint 12 watercolors for my 2017 calendar, (2) edit video footage that’s been piling up for YouTube, and (3) clean and organize my office. I finished #1, got halfway through #2, and am still working on #3. Can you guess which I enjoy doing most?[...]

Agave Snout Weevil, Coming to a Garden Near You

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Agave snout weevil is a half-inch-long black beetle with a downward-curving proboscis that enables it to pierce an agave’s core, where it lays its eggs. Grubs hatch, consume the agave’s heart, then burrow into the soil to pupate. The weevil (Scyphophorus acupunctatus)—once prevalent only in desert regions and Mexico—is spreading rapidly throughout the US and abroad, earning it the dubious distinction[...]

How to Start Your Own Succulent Design Business

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I recently received this email from a sweet lady who loves succulents and wants to sell her designs: “I would love to talk to you sometime, have lunch, and/or communicate via email and get some tips on how I can best develop my business. My passion is creating succulent containers and sharing information on succulents.” If you[...]

Debra’s Cactus Cupcakes

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You’ve seen cupcakes that look like cactus. Isn’t it time cactus looked like cupcakes? I came up with the idea when I was hosting a gathering of succulent-loving friends.  It led to my latest video, “Cactus Cupcakes,” in which I show how domino cacti (echinopsis) are easily transformed into party favors. Each fetching little cactus is nestled in a silicone cupcake[...]