For a great hostess gift, make a bouquet of succulent rosettes for a glass container filled with layers of colored sand. Wired onto faux stems, the plants last months without water. The sand lends style and adds ballast so top-heavy rosettes don’t tumble out. Colored sand is available online from Amazon, occasionally found at crafts stores, or you can make your […]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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