For a great hostess gift, arrange a bouquet of succulent rosettes in a glass container filled with layers of colored sand. (See my video, How to Wire Succulent Rosettes.) Despite no roots, soil or water, cuttings wired onto faux stems and wrapped with floral tape last for months, living on the moisture in their leaves. The sand lends color, style and interest, and serves as […]Read More
I learned this cool technique from San Diego watercolor artist Diane Palley McDonald. Select a photo that inspires you. Print the photo on 8-1/2 by 11 paper. Put the photo on a light table or against a sunny window, and tape a piece of watercolor paper over it. Using a pencil, lightly trace the photo’s main lines onto […]Read More
Do you like the succulent wreath that my friend Denise made during a wreath party at my home? To create a similar one, you’ll need about 100 cuttings, a wire wreath form, 24-gauge florist’s wire, a chopstick, and a bag of sphagnum moss. The form, moss and wire are available at any craft store. Cuttings will root right […]Read More
Succulents that need little or no water other than rainfall, grow in nutrient-poor soil, and handle searing sun and frost are native to the Southwest and Mexico: dasylirions, agaves, cacti and yuccas (DACYs). These no-nonsense plants thrive from Mexico to the Bay Area, and in parts of Colorado, Texas and the Carolinas (Zones 7b and […]Read More
To create the composition shown here, the designer chose a white-painted wooden urn 12 inches in diameter and 8 inches tall, with a basin 3 inches deep. Plants include ‘Sunburst’ aeonium, Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’, burro tail sedum, assorted blue echeverias, lithops (living stones), and Seneco radicans (fish hooks). Cut a circle from heavy mil plastic (such as a […]Read More
Prepare Your Succulents for El Niño! In 1998, while gardening between El Niño storms, I realized I inadvertently threw a snail through the open window of a passing pickup truck. Unlike previously tossed mollusks, I didn’t hear the sound of shell hitting asphalt. If the driver had stopped, I would’ve apologized and explained that it wasn’t personal—at […]Read More
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