Debra Lee Baldwin

Should You Let Your Flapjack Plants Bloom?

– Posted in: Succulents

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

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 [...]

Oh No, My Succulents Froze!

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Can succulents recover from a hard frost? It depends. Let's look at a southern California nursery's display garden before nighttime temperatures dropped into the mid-20s F: Here's the same Euphorbia ammak 'Variegata, after the frost: Likelihood of recovery: Nil. Too much of the tissue was damaged. But what about the Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' behind it? It's hope of recovery [...]

Succulent Gift Bouquet in Colored Sand

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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 [...]