succulent garden

Succulents That Like Stress

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Stress, Aloe dorothaea (sc)

If there's a good thing about our too-hot Southern California summers, it's that heat makes certain succulents turn color. A case in point is Aloe nobilis, which in my garden grows in nutrient-poor decomposed granite with minimal water. In winter, the same plant reverts to green. Such "stressed" succulents---which seal moisture in their leaves as [...]

Six Sux for my Show-and-Tell

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Echeveria agavoides 'Lipstick'

  Spring starts for me this year at the Fallbrook Garden Club in north San Diego County on Feb. 24. Guests are welcome, and all attendees will receive a gift plant courtesy of nearby Serra Gardens Nursery. I'll show photos of beautifully designed gardens and do a show-and-tell of outstanding succulents from Serra.  Among them are: Echeveria agavoides 'Lipstick'. Shown close-up [...]

Dogs in the Garden

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Lily in doorway

In honor of the Westminister Kennel Club dog show Feb. 14-15 at Madison Square Garden, it's appropriate to show a few dogs in the garden.  The above photo captures a sweet moment between artist Cathy Carey and one of her golden retrievers. Susan Miller's yellow lab is on the job 24-7, bringing her things and providing a [...]