Debra Lee Baldwin

Highlights of the NW Flower & Garden Show…Plus Shopping!

– Posted in: Garden Adventures, Garden Design, Garden Musings, Garden Travels
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I recently travelled to the second largest flower and garden show in the US, in Seattle, to give two presentations. Here's what I enjoyed  most---a subjective collection, to be sure, and one dependent on the capabilities of my iPhone's camera. Even so, 25 photos is more than double the number I usually show in a [...]

My Spiny Valentine

– Posted in: Succulents
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Prickly pear cactus pads sometimes form hearts. I wonder what the plant is trying to tell us: "Be mine but don't touch me?" This last is a mammillaria. (You can call her Ma'am.) Here's a  bit of trivia: I used to think that mammillaria got their name because they're rounded like mammillary glands. But no, [...]

Aloes Show Spectacular Flowers

– Posted in: Succulents

I love the way aloes brighten Southern California gardens this time of year. Shown above is the most widely grown aloe, Aloe arborescens. The location is about halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles, in Laguna Beach. This is an artist's enclave, and not surprisingly, aloe flowers against blue sea and sky are a popular [...]

What 6 Degrees Did to Malone’s

– Posted in: Succulents

I'm finding it difficult to do another cheery post about my area of expertise---succulents---after reading this a moment ago on Facebook, posted by a friend who owns a nursery in North Carolina: "With great sadness I have to let my friends know that last night put a real hurting on my succulent collection. With all [...]