Debra Lee Baldwin

Fall Succulent Must-Do’s

– Posted in: Succulents
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The secret to caring for any plant is to understand its native habitat and to try to replicate that as much as possible in your garden, greenhouse or home environment. Succulents by and large come from warm, dry regions with low humidity and minimal rainfall, and the majority can't handle freezing temperatures. After all, these are [...]

Rosalina’s Dream: A Nursery of Her Own

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Twenty years ago, cacti and succulents were oddball plants, little known among the nursery industry or gardening community. North San Diego county was where the wholesale growers were located, and many still are. But unfortunately Cooper's Cactus and Succulents no longer exists; not since John Cooper passed away. The good news is that his plants live on, [...]

Behind the Scenes on a Garden Photo Shoot

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I recently produced and wrote a how-to article on topping pumpkins with succulents, for Country Gardens magazine. The designer we featured is Laura Eubanks, who originated the idea. The magazine sent photographer Ed Gohlich, who came to my home with his assistant, Matt. Ed does many of the Southern CA (and beyond) articles for Better Homes & Gardens' [...]

Don Newcomer’s Favorite Cactus

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Recently at his nursery in Fallbrook, CA, succulent expert Don Newcomer showed me a rare columnar, spineless cactus from Mexico. It can be chubby and lumpy, tall and skinny, or columnar and spiral-forming. Here's the spiral form: Don told me that these monstrose forms of Lophocereus schottii date to The Cactus Ranchito in Tarzana, a suburb [...]

Vase Envy

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Do you remember the first time you were enchanted by cut flowers in a vase? Although each element was lovely on its own, combined they were amazing. My mother filled jars with nasturtiums, which grew in sunny patches in the avocado orchard. Unfortunately, they last only two days before they start to look tired. Aren't we always looking for flowers with [...]