Debra Lee Baldwin

My Succulent Pine Cone Wreath and Snowflakes

Succulent snowflakes

The way echeverias resemble pine cones inspired my front-door holiday wreath. I used bronzy-gold painted pine cones the size of ping-pong balls and attached them, as well as the succulents, to a flat wreath form using hot glue. Surprisingly, hot glue doesn’t harm the plants. When doing holiday designs using succulents, be careful that the embellishments you choose don’t overwhelm plants with muted[...]

Why I Love Light (and a Selfie Suggestion)

Sunlight reveals the veining of a trumpet flower.

Garden writer and photographer Bren Haas, when interviewing me about my career and books, asked if I’d had a mentor for my photography or painting. I told her, “Light is a great teacher. I become transfixed when I see sunlight glittering on leaves, shadow patterns, or some lovely translucence. I’m uncomfortable in the presence of ‘wrong’ light—i.e. a windowless[...]

Highlights of Waterwise Botanicals Nursery’s Fall Garden Party

Succulent pumpkin

There was so much beauty at Waterwise Botanicals nursery near San Diego during the recent Fall Garden Party, I’m going to let my images speak for themselves. Cue the rhapsodic music! During the event, I did impromptu plant-pot pairings. The nursery gave away hundreds of 1 gal. succulents to guests Waterwise Botanicals nursery is a terrific destination nursery in Southern CA,[...]

Sinister Succulents

bird-eaten-cactus-fruit

  What do Halloween and succulents have in common? They’re sometimes creepy and delightfully sinister. I’m challenging my Instagram followers to post photos on a page I created: #scarysucculentsdlb. On Oct. 31, my 8-year-old grandson will choose the creepiest, scariest images. Four winners will be notified Nov. 1 and can select as a prize one[...]

My Autumn Succulent Wreath

Autumn succulent wreath by Debra Lee Baldwin

A garden club at which I’ll be speaking later this month asked if I’d donate “an arrangement for the raffle.” Sure, why not? I have several self-imposed criteria: It has to be a “wow” so attendees will buy tickets; it needs to be innovative and incorporate succulents; and it should be autumn-themed. Inspired by numerous colorful succulents in my garden,[...]