Debra Lee Baldwin

Succulent Watercolor Calendar Giveaway

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  Like photography, watercolor is all about light. When saturated paint right out of the tube is diluted with liquid light (clear water), then brushed onto bright white paper and allowed to dry, the resulting image positively glows. I discovered this in December of my 16th year, when I decided to do a watercolor based on a photo my mother loved [...]

Stunning Succulent Arrangements

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I have wonderful news! I'm very pleased to announce my in-depth online class: Stunning Succulent Arrangements.  It's available through Craftsy, a Denver-based company that offers a fresh, high-quality approach to online learning. Craftsy began in 2011, and their success has been phenomenal, doubtless due to their dedication to quality. Craftsy spends upward of $15,000 to develop [...]

Got a Pot? Elevate it!

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“Everything looks better elevated,” says San Diego succulent designer Diana Clark, who has wood stands custom-made to enhance her potted compositions. Diana, who calls her business "The Perfect Plant" because she pairs vessels found at antique stores or estate sales with a "perfect" succulent, created the plant-pot pairings shown here. As you look at them, ask yourself: [...]

Succulent Extravaganza 2014, Recap

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That red echeveria really did glow like it was plugged into a light socket. It was at the fourth annual Succulent Extravaganza, which took place at Succulent Gardens nursery near Santa Cruz, Sept. 26-27, 2014. "Attendance was up about 65 percent---approximately 2,000 visitors over two days," nursery owner Robin Stockwell told me. Below: My GGW [...]

Fall Succulent Must-Do’s

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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 [...]