Gardens Here ?

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Garden Plants
Outdoor stone patio sitting area under Oaks next to modern glass hilltop home with California native plant garden, Santa Barbara,

Here in California, there have been some rumblings about gardens wasting water. Can we afford water for gardens in an era of limited resources? Isn’t our native habitat beautiful enough? Do we want to have gardens here? Well of course, I am biased. I am a gardener.  And yes, we certainly do want to have[...]

I’m Obsessed with Orange

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Succulents
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?

– Posted in: Succulents
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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

– Posted in: Succulents
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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[...]