Debra Lee Baldwin

Fibonacci Spirals

– Posted in: Succulents
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Sunflowers and nautilus shells exhibit a geometric spiral that is found in many cacti and succulents. I thought you might enjoy some examples. Isn't nature amazing? This is Aloe polyphylla, the spiral aloe. Next, some cacti. These are Sempervivum arachnoideum (cobweb houseleeks). This is a Medusa euphorbia. And another mammillaria. If the spiral form of [...]

Spring Succulent Care (and News)

– Posted in: Succulents
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My seasonal e-newsletter is different from what I post here on GGW (for the most part). I thought you might enjoy some excerpts from the latest. Spring Succulent Care Checklist Above: Aeonium cutting, showing leaf nodes that resemble potato eyes. From this meristem tissue, roots will grow. Now is when most types of succulents awaken [...]

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, [...]