Category Archives: Succulents

Succulent Celebration

This past weekend was the first annual Succulent Celebration in San Diego County. I went with my wonderful mother-in-law who also adores gardening. She lives in Escondido neat the gorgeous nursery that hosted the event, Waterwise Botanicals.

Honestly seeing the nursery itself was worth the trip. They had a beautiful selection of plants (reasonably priced too). They had great example gardens too filled with ways to design with water wise plants. As I get plants for my yard I plan to make another trip up there.

We were able to hear Debra Lee Baldwin speak on get 10 favorite succulents. I have been reading her work for years (not knowing it was her until recently). I was pleased that she is even more delightful (and funny) in person! Her talk was wonderful, informative and fun. The people who attended were delightful as well being easy to chat with and filled with the same enthusiasm for growing things. Due to schedule constraints with my son we were unable to hear the other speakers or attend the workshops. Both of us wish that we had allotted more time for it. If they have this event next year we decided that we are going back and bringing friends with us as we’ll.

The look and styling of Great Maple

Only a few months old, the restaurant The Great Maple in San Diego is located in a former diner. They have updated the interior and exterior to keep the spirit of the joint, while elevating it to be more hip and modern. We went there to celebrate Mother’s Day and while it was crowded and our table quite small, the food was pretty tasty. They do a lot of farm to table stuff and change the menu seasonally, which is a movement I can get behind. Their eggs are free range and I could taste the difference. I would recommend it to anyone looking to try a new breakfast spot in San Diego.

There were a few elements that I took photos of that I thought could be used as design inspiration for gardens. As we walked in, they had this great flower box. I really liked the plants that they used to make it up.  I think that is creeping thyme, aeonium, and I’m not sure the name of the tall fern like plant. they also had rocks in it, but I don’t know if that shows up in the photo.

planter boxes in front of The Great maple

We sat on the patio and they had a great and seemingly simple water feature coming out of those funky bricks from the 60’s. with the wood and the candles it looks modern and very Palm Springs.

water feature made from 60's style cinder blocks at great maple restaurant

It made me laugh because yesterday I gave away a dozen of those blocks that we had sitting in our back yard. Oh well!


starting succulents

Propagating Succulents

Several months ago a friend of mine, Jenny of Jenny Wenny Cakes posted on facebook that her front yard, which is entirely succulents (please correct me if I’m wrong) had some pups. She asked if anyone wanted them. Thinking ahead about our front yard I thought why not. So I contacted her and arranged to go over to her house to get some cuttings. I wish that I took a photo of her front yard as after two years of being planted it is filling in beautifully. Those cuttings are finally starting to sprout.

How to propagate succulent cuttings

starting succulents

  1. Take cuttings fairly close to leaf area.
  2. Lay them out to dry so that they form a scab where the cut was made. Leave them out for 2-7 days or so.
  3. Place cuttings in soil, preferably succulent and cactus mix. I usually put rocks in the bottom of pots for drainage as well.
  4. Ignore cuttings for the most part, lightly watering maybe once a week giving plenty of time for the soil to dry out in between.

I’ll give updates as to how they are doing, but so far so good. I took the cuttings February 22, 2012 and planted them a week later around March 1st. I noticed about a week ago (or two) that the leaf cuttings were starting to sprout little plants. It seems like it takes about 5-6 weeks to see anything so this is definitely an exercise in patience. Lazy gardeners like me will enjoy the fact that there is little to no maintenance required.