Succulent Gift Bouquet in Colored Sand

Succulent sand bouquet

For a great hostess gift, arrange a bouquet of succulent rosettes in a glass container filled with layers of colored sand. Despite no roots, soil or water, cuttings wired onto faux stems and wrapped with floral tape last for months, living on the moisture in their leaves. The sand lends color, style and interest, and serves as ballast so top-heavy rosettes don’t[...]

Photos for an Exhibition

Garden path through arbor with Eden rose.

I have just finished a series of 16×24 photographs for an exhibition.  An art buyer, working for an interior decorating firm, requested these 11 vertical photographs for a hospital patient waiting room. The request came out of the blue – I had never worked with this art buyer, and I had never printed any of[...]

Succulent Wreath Tips and Ideas

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  Do you like the succulent wreath that my friend Denise made during a wreath party at my home? To create a similar one, you’ll need about 100 cuttings, a wire wreath form, 24-gauge florist’s wire, a chopstick, and a bag of sphagnum moss. The form, moss and wire are available at any craft store. Cuttings will root[...]

Photographing Roses

Wide garden border with bi-color red rose Large-Flowered Climbing Rose (Rosa ) 'Fourth of July'

I am starting a new book;  The PhotoBotanic Guide to Photographing Roses.  And just like my other e-books, the readers of Gardening Gone Wild are the guinea pigs, err, I mean get to read it here first. The book begins with photographing roses in garden: Working in the Garden.  Later chapters will talk about photographing[...]