Agave Snout Weevil, Coming to a Garden Near You

Agave snout weevil

Agave snout weevil is a half-inch-long black beetle with a downward-curving proboscis that enables it to pierce an agave’s core, where it lays its eggs. Grubs hatch, consume the agave’s heart, then burrow into the soil to pupate. The weevil (Scyphophorus acupunctatus)—once prevalent only in desert regions and Mexico—is spreading rapidly throughout the US and abroad, earning it the dubious distinction[...]

6 Tips for Garden Photography

Spring tulip bed seen through balustrade, Filoli Garden in spring, California

Longtime readers of Gardening Gone Wild will recognize most of the tips in Think Like A Camera, the second book in my series of PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops. “The first lesson in all my garden photography workshops is to ‘think like a camera.’ Your camera is a tool, which can only take a picture when[...]

How to Start Your Own Succulent Design Business

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I recently received this email from a sweet lady who loves succulents and wants to sell her designs: “I would love to talk to you sometime, have lunch, and/or communicate via email and get some tips on how I can best develop my business. My passion is creating succulent containers and sharing information on succulents.” If you[...]

Benefits of Becoming An Essentialist In The Garden

Leonitus leonorus with Salvia

***Please note: this post was published last summer. I thought it worth another look-see in these hot days of summer to re-evaluate how you live…in and out of the garden. Are you a gardener who’s in a perpetual state of overwhelm? Do you constantly feel pressure to complete your never ending ‘to do’ list? Do[...]