succulents

Succulents That Like Stress

– Posted in: Garden Adventures
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 [...]

My Circuitous Route to Writing Success

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When Designing with Succulents became a bestseller in 2007, few people knew what was really going on with me. I'm sharing it now because it might encourage others to persevere through difficult times. A bit of backstory: For half my life, I didn't live up to my potential due to fear of failure. A highly accomplished writer whom I liked, admired and envied [...]

Bay Area (and Beyond) Succulent Designers

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Purple Bike Wheel Vertical

At last fall's Succulent Extravaganza, I had fun showing creative designs by members of the Succulent Fanatics, a Facebook group founded by San Jose master gardener Laura Balaoro. My presentation and ensuing YouTube video went over so well, I'm doing something similar at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show on March 19. Designers whose ideas, [...]