Hardy Succulents: Book Review

– Posted in: Book reviews

As Saxon Holt, photographer for Hardy Succulents: Tough Plants for Every Climate by Gwen Kelaidis pointed out yesterday, hardiness is relative. I remember early on in the life of this website, learning that someone from Australia had found my blog searching for hardy plants. Since, according to this map, the coldest zone in Australia, a [...]

Hardy (where?) Succulents

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Saxon Holt is the photographer for Hardy Succulents. He shares his perspective on the book in this guest post. What exactly is a hardy succulent ?  How tough is tough ?  How cold is cold?  How can  a garden book cover cover the entire country ?  All these questions come to mind every time I [...]

Mud Season Chores: Cleaning up

– Posted in: Garden chores, Mud Season

I hate to admit it to you Southerners, but when the snow melts, what it invariably reveals is…a mess. I'm not just talking about the dead vegetation that needs to be cut back. There's human-made messes that ought to be dealt with, too. But let's talk about the plants first. Cut back and clear out [...]