Debra Lee Baldwin

Six Sux for my Show-and-Tell

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  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:

Succulents for Dummies

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When Designing with Succulents came out in 2007, I proudly showed it to my son, to whom the book is dedicated. He said all the right things…nice layout, great photos…and then casually asked, “But why so many Latin names? Why not use the plants’ common names? They’re a lot easier to remember.” Well for one[...]

Snow in Escondido? Seriously?

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Every winter, as a child on an avocado ranch northeast of San Diego, I longed to see snow blanket the garden like a Currier & Ives painting. It never happened. Decades passed. My husband Jeff and I bought a home on a half acre in the same city, but at a higher elevation (1,500 feet). In 25[...]

Agaves in a Celebrity Hybridizer’s Garden

'Blue Glow'

The first time I saw Agave ‘Blue Glow’, in a photo like the one above, I thought I was looking at a watercolor painting. A Kelly Griffin hybrid, it entered the nursery trade in 2005, and has since become one of the most commercially successful succulents. It does well in containers or in the ground, grows no larger than[...]

Create a Cold-Tolerant Succulent Wreath

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This lovely succulent wreath is suitable for regions of the US where winters are as cold as 10 to 15 degrees F.  Cold-hardy succulents include small sedums (stonecrops), sempervivums (hens and chicks), and Crassula sarcocaulis (bonsai crassula). Above is Katie Christensen of Waterwise Botanicals Nursery with a wreath she and I made for YouTube.   Materials include a[...]