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Succulents and Cacti

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I have been having so much fun with my own sempervivums (see my little mint box and picture frame) that I am thrilled to share this news: Arrowhead Alpines is offering to send one lucky person (in the U.S. who is at least 18 years old) six of their very own named sempervivum varieties. Keep reading for how to enter…

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If you’ve ordered a bunch of sempervivums from Arrowhead Alpines like I did, you need lots of things to do with all those little babies semps make. This was a totally fun and super easy little garden to make. I used a mint tin that I purchased at Trader Joe’s but if you’ve got an Altoid tin around, that would work just as well.

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How to Make a Succulent Sempervivum (Hens & Chicks) Frame

March 25, 2012
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This past Saturday I did a demonstration at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show on vertical gardening. One of the things I demonstrated was how to make a succulent photo frame. As promised, here are the step-by-step instructions for those of you who weren’t able to make it to the show…

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Sempervivum Sweet Sixteen

March 22, 2012
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In honor of the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen which begins today, I thought we container gardeners could have a sweet sixteen competition of our own. A SEMPERVIVUM Sweet Sixteen. We’re going to have brackets just like the NCAA tournament, except our brackets will pit different varieties of Sempervivum against one another. You all will vote for […]

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Succulent Frame Made With Sempervivums

March 20, 2012
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If you’re a fan of Life on the Balcony’s Facebook page then you probably know that I recently bought some neat sempervivums from Arrowhead Alpine Nursery. I have several projects in mind for these succulents, but the first is this photo frame, filled with little semps. I am going to be a horrible tease though, […]

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My What a Difference 3 1/2 Years Make!

February 23, 2012
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People often ask, “Can you really cram succulents in there like that? Won’t they quickly out grow the arrangement?” Well… The image above is two shots of the exact same container. The photo on the left was taken in July of 2008 and the photo on the right is from just a week or two […]

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A Tail of Two Sedums

February 17, 2012
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Have you ever heard of the succulent called Donkey’s Tail? Perhaps you heard it called Burro’s Tail instead? There are actually two different but very similar succulents that are both called those names. Sedum morganum and Sedum burrito. Can you tell the difference between the two plants shown in the photo?

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Succulent in Seattle

February 1, 2012
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How’s this for a crazy succulent container?

September 3, 2011
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Spotted in Rancho Santa Fe, CA

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Succulent Container Garden Inspiration from Debra Lee Baldwin’s Garden

July 12, 2011
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I recently had the opportunity to spend a few days with Debra Lee Baldwin, author of two excellent books about gardening with succulents, including a wonderful guide to using succulents in container gardens. Perhaps best of all, I got to spend the night in Debra’s guest bedroom, which looks out onto her gardens. I’m trying […]

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