succulents

My New “Sensational Succulents” Coloring Book

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I'm proud and pleased to announce the release of my latest book: "Sensational Succulents, an adult coloring book of amazing shapes and magical patterns" published by Timber Press. The book's line drawings, by illustrator Laura Serra, are based on my photos. The book doesn't officially ship until June 1, but I'll have advance copies available at the fourth [...]

Succulent Wearables for May Day, Weddings and More

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Designer Katie Christensen of Miss Katie's Garden recently conducted a fun workshop at Weidner's Gardens nursery in Encinitas, CA. Katie showed a simple technique for making lovely, long-lasting, succulent-adorned headbands and art-to-wear items. Such easy-to-make succulent-embellished adornments are perfect for weddings, May Day celebrations, Mother's Day, garden events, and parent-child projects. "If you can glue moss to it," Katie [...]

Should You Let Your Flapjack Plants Bloom?

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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 [...]

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 [...]