Tricky Weeds? Tweezers, Please

Have you noticed? Fingers are sometimes too short, fat and clumsy for picking bits of dirt, dried leaves and pebbles from plants with narrow leaf axils, rosette succulents and spiny cacti. Which is why I wouldn’t be without my long-handled tweezers.  Not only is debris unsightly, it holds moisture that can rot the crown. I like to groom fleshy or[...]

The Wild Desert Garden

This past spring I witnessed the superbloom in the California deserts. It was a sensation. The superbloom began in late winter in the southern most deserts and progressed northward, a result of ample rain after five years of drought. I was particularly intrigued, and made two separate visits to the Sonoran Desert east of San Diego[...]

Succulent Design: Hanging Pots and Bold Boulders

My latest YouTube releases illustrate the wide range of possibilities inherent in designing with succulents. In Pairing Succulents with Hanging Pots, you’ll meet Alicia Iraclides of Potted Arts in Fallbrook, CA. I select and plant several of her pots and explain why they’re a perfect match for succulents. (Hint: Those copper hooks! Those glazes! The carved details!) In Sharon’s Sun and Shadow Succulent Garden, I ditch a[...]