Debra Lee Baldwin

Why I Love Horticultural Oils

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What a lovely surprise to see, in Sunset magazine’s “Best of the West” (April 2016), a friend’s product featured (it’s at top right). Juree Sondker of Portland, Oregon, founder of Horticulture Skin Care, is the acquiring editor at my books’ publisher, Timber Press. She and I got to talking about the many benefits of oils derived from plants, which[...]

The Water-Saving Garden, Book and Giveaway

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Congratulations to winner Leslie Reed Costello! Find out why author Pam Penick chose Leslie’s comment among so many excellent ones, and learn more about the book below. Many thanks to all who participated! ~ Debra.  In her new book, The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water, author Pam Penick calls[...]

I’m Obsessed with Orange

Debra Lee Baldwin celebrates orange in the garden

To celebrate the recent launch of my Debra Lee Baldwin Facebook author page, for the rest of the month I’m posting garden photos on Facebook that pop with brilliant, searing, over-the-top ORANGE. I’d love it if you’d drop by and “like” the new page, and if you’re so inclined, post a scorching orange shot yourself. Regardless, please enjoy my top 25! Looking for[...]

Should You Let Your Flapjack Plants Bloom?

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You’re probably aware of flapjack plant (Kalanchoe luciae), a succulent that’s popular because of the color of its leaves. (Shown above at Waterwise Botanicals nursery, perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day.) Like other succulents with overlapping leaves along a single stem, when Kalanchoe luciae blooms, the entire plant elongates. This is how those in my window box looked in[...]

Megan Boone’s Garden Art

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Megan Boone of Nature Containers Vintage Garden Art designs in three dimensions, using cast-off objects to showcase succulents and vice-versa. As exemplified by the pick above, Megan brings elegance and whimsy to her artistry by reinterpreting the forms and lines of utilitarian objects. I love how the aloe perfectly repeats the shape and color of the rusty metal, and also emphasizes its[...]