Saxon Holt

Gardens are Art

– Posted in: Garden Musings, Garden Photography
Viburnum foetidum v. ceanothoides - red winter berries in rain

No doubt if you are reading this you know that gardening is an art. And, as is often true with art, one form inspires another.  A recent stroll in the University of California Berkeley Botanical Garden brought so much of this together. Art appreciation is something we do every time we visit a museum, go to [...]

Oh No, My Succulents Froze!

– Posted in: Succulents
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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 [...]

Favorite Photos of 2015

– Posted in: Garden Photography
Liriodendron tulipifera - Tulip poplar tree sprint leaves unfolding on tall trees with bue sky (Mount Cuba Center) Delaware

I thought selecting my favorite photos of 2015 would be easy for my final Gardening Gone Wild  post of the year. That is, until I had to actually narrow down the choices. What follows are surely 10 of my favorite photos, but I can't say they are my absolute favorites - my overall list is 26. This is a [...]

The Spirit of Christmas

– Posted in: Miscellaneous
Christmas cookie at San Dominico School

Be it known that I love cookies so, alleluia!, the holidays are here. Now that I have your attention I want to talk about Christmas, not the "holidays".  I love the spirit of Christmas, the coming of Jesus. There, I have said it.  I also like the wisdom of Epicurius, Lau-Tzu, and Jefferson, but now it is [...]