hardy succulents

The Exquisite, Elusive Spiral Aloe

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Alan Beverly was fresh out of college and a Peace Corps volunteer when he discovered a plant that became a lifelong passion. Hiking the rugged mountains of Lesotho in central Africa, guided by "friendly, hardy Basotho people" (whose children shrieked with fear when they saw him, their first white man), he "found Aloe polyphylla perched [...]

Great Garden Gift Books

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Garden books that I enjoyed this year and highly recommend as holiday gifts include two about edibles, one in my own area of specialization, one about color and design, and a regional guide I wouldn't be without. Grocery Gardening by Jean Ann Van Krevelen with Amanda Thomsen, Robin Ripley and Teresa O'Connor (Cool Springs Press, paperback, $19.95) [...]

Cover Photo

– Posted in: Garden Photography

When the current issue of The American Gardener from the American Horticultural Society arrived I immediately read about my friend Neil Diboll of Prairie Nursery fame and saw the You Tube interview.  And then a nice story by Duncan Brine about naturalistic gardening.  With apologies to fellow GG Wild blogger Debra Lee Baldwin, I did [...]

Hardy Succulents in California

– Posted in: Garden Photography

I have been unexpectedly ambivalent about telling California gardeners about the Hardy Succulents book I co-authored with Gwen Kelaidis (Storey 2008).   The reason I have been cautious about promoting the book in my home state is because for most people a hardy succulent is a small plant such as this Houseleek, Sempervivum 'Faramir' on [...]