Saxon Holt

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 [...]

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

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 [...]