Book Giveaway: “Foliage First” by Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz

– Posted in: Contests and Giveaways, Garden Design, Succulents

AND THE WINNER IS: BECKY KIRTS! Becky was chosen at random and has been notified. (If I don’t hear from Becky in 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.) Thank you all for participating. I have more giveaways in mind, so stay tuned!   “Gardening with Foliage First” by Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz is a book I[...]

Post-Rain Must-Do’s

– Posted in: Succulents

We’re not used to so much rain here in Southern CA. One series of storms has followed another. I’ve been gleefully gathering buckets of fresh rainwater for my potted plants. Could the drought finally be over? Well, no. It’ll take hundreds of years for underground aquifers to refill. The snowpack isn’t adequate for our future water supply.[...]

The Twelve Days of Cactus (2)

– Posted in: Succulents

Several years ago, I posted the first version of  my “Twelve Days of Cactus” on GGW. This is an updated (and I hope improved) version that has a corresponding YouTube video complete with music. The “first day” of both is the same—that dove in a prickly pear tree is just too good not to use again. Now, see if[...]

My Succulent Pine Cone Wreath and Snowflakes

– Posted in: Succulents

The way echeverias resemble pine cones inspired my front-door holiday wreath. I used bronzy-gold painted pine cones the size of ping-pong balls and attached them, as well as the succulents, to a flat wreath form using hot glue. Surprisingly, hot glue doesn’t harm the plants. When doing holiday designs using succulents, be careful that the embellishments you choose don’t overwhelm plants with muted[...]