At Flea Market Gardening, succulents are one of our favorite all time types of plants, simply because they compliment our rustic and whimsical containers we love so much! Learn how you can get even more enjoyment from these stunningly seductive plants from a new book that just came out this Spring.
Succulents, our favorite!
I’ve been eager to put together this book review because I know you’ll love it as much as I do! The book is called Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing and Crafting with 100 Easy-Care Varieties by Debra Lee Baldwin, author of two more books on succulents and published by Timber Press. This was an inspiring read to me, as I love these oddly and sometimes bizarrely shaped little creatures, often called simply Hens and Chicks.
If you think hens and chicks are the only succulent option, you’ll be in for a treat reading this book! Personally, I resorted to succulents in containers when annuals and even perennials failed to survive when Tractor man and I went off on weekends camping with the kids. I planted them to keep my sanity and ended up loving the hardy colorful little plants!
In Succulents Simplified, you not only learn how to best care for succulents, but how to do many garden imaginative projects using them. The book includes seasonal care for succulents, succulent troubleshooting and you’ll even how to make a succulent boutonniere! I laughed when I saw the photos of the forlorn dried up containers of succulents shown and read how the author took steps to revive them! This is a real-life gardening book!
The book is divided into three sections, Enjoying, growing and designing with succulents, How To projects and lastly, a list of 100 easy care succulents.
Succulents Simplified is a slick paperback book, 272 pages and includes 334 color photographs many of which are taken by the author, Ms Baldwin.
I highly, highly suggest this interesting and beautiful book to any lover of succulents and those of you who simply like to look at wonderfully inspirational pictures for ideas and inspiration. Succulents Simplified is a joy!
Don’t miss seeing the video excerpt below.
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The review copy I was sent is now up for a drawing! To enter simply leave a comment telling why you like succulents OR a tip you’d like to pass on about growing them.
Comments entered up until Sunday at 4pm will be used in a random drawing. Winner will be informed here on this page on Sunday evening, July 14th, 2013
Congratulations, Billie Wilson! You WON!!! Using a random number picker, you were chosen to receive this book, Succulents Simplified!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address and it will be on its way. I promise to wipe off my grubby finger prints! Congratulations, Billie! ~~ Sue
About the Author
Debra Lee Baldwin gardens on “an inhospitable half acre” in the foothills of southern California, where temperatures range from below freezing to 110°F. As a garden photojournalist and scout for major magazines, she developed an appealing and sophisticated design aesthetic; as a hands-on gardener, she knows what works and what doesn’t. In addition to writing and illustrating articles, books, and blog posts and giving presentations at major flower-and-garden shows, Debra shares her passion for plants that drink responsibly via seasonal newsletters, workshops, YouTube videos, and social media such as Facebook.
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