Thursday, May 23, 2013

Succulents Simplified, Your New Go To Book

Have you ever started reading a book and got so entranced that before you know it hours have past and you haven't cooked dinner, posted on your facebook page (oh no!) and it's time for bed.  That is what happened to me when I received Debra Lee Baldwin's newest book Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing, and Crafting with 100 Easy-Care Varieties.  But I wasn't even done yet!  I even found myself reading the credits and browsing over the index.  I already have many pages tagged with sticky notes.  I am actually glad it is not a hard back, that means I can take it outside in my garden without worrying about the dirt

Debra's book with inspiration

This is Debra's third book.  Her first Designing with Succulent and second Succulent Container Gardens: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants.  This book is meant to be a prequel to her other best sellers but has great information for beginning succulent growers as well as seasoned succulent gardeners like myself.  Her writing is informational with bits of her sassy wit thrown in to give you a giggle.   You will enjoy this book as much as the first two if not more.  

Succulents Simplified
is divided into three parts.  In part one: Enjoying, Growing, and Designing with Succulents Debra delightfully pops in sections such as Edible, herbal, and illegal succulents.  I found myself waiting anxiously for her to tell me what was illegal.  LOL  And I love the section How to refresh an overgrown container composition.  Obviously Keeping Your Succulents Fat and Sassy is a favorite section. So much great information jammed in part 1 you will be reading this information over and over.

Part Two How-To Projects That Showcase Succulents will have you making a list of items needed and running to the store asap.  Everything from Succulent-Topped Pumpkins, to make your own succulent picture frame.  One of my favorites in this section is the Succulent Topiary Sphere.  She made a video on this project and a couple other's in the book.  You can find them here.  I am so going to try this project. And how can I forget making a succulent bouquet!  Another have to!  Where's my list?

The last section is 100 Easy-Care Succulents.  Now you have to remember that these succulents grow like weeds in Southern California but here in Sacramento (Northern, CA) you may have to take some of them inside during the cold weather.  But she lists a lot of my favorites and gives you great information about each of them.  And the photos in this book (mostly taken by Debra herself) are incredible.  She has such a wonderful eye for just how to take the perfect photo.

So if you haven't ordered this great book do yourself a favor.  Set aside some time to read and then get ready to jump into the world of succulents.  Whether it be to tidy up your containers or start a new project from the book, you will be very busy.

Hope everyone is having a great week. Until next time remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day   


Cindy Davison said...

Great review, Candy! I can't wait to get started on a new succulent project mentioned in the book!

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thanks honey! Every one writes so eloquently! I did my best!

Debra Lee Baldwin said...

Hey, Candy Cane, thank you for such a glowing review! Your opinion means a lot to me, especially since I put so much of myself into this book!

Stephanie said...

Hey I just watched the video. It's really good. I learnt something new... tucking in small and big ones together and have a common colour to make an attractive succulent arrangement. Thanks for introducing the book :-D

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

You betcha Stephanie! They are super videos! And love ya Debra, you are such a doll!

Sheila Zanella said...

It's a must buy book for the craziest about succulents...
Candice about the pots on my post..I really don't know where to find, I really want to buy. They are amazing!! If I found I'll let you know..
Kisses and thanks for your visits there..