Sunday, July 29, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
My niece Jess (from Colorado), my mom and I made a bunch of succulent gardens. Jess had been wanting to make some succulent arrangements and so when mom and I went to visit, we worked on that! Jess took us to a wonderful place, Windsor Gardener in Fort Collins, where we found a ton of great plants!
Our assistant Brady showed us how to pick the best plants, he was such a big help!
Flying pigs always distract me…I forgot momentarily what I was looking for! So, anyway, we looked around and found these plants…
I found this beautiful flower pot, but thought it might be too tall to fit in my carry on bag!
At home, Jess found all sorts of pots and glass containers (the white pots came from Ikea, $2 each, and the giant Brandy sniffer came from Home Goods, $8).
We also used various and assorted glass vases that Jess had on hand.
First add some rocks to the bottom of the containers for drainage.
Just make that layer about an inch deep…
Then add some soil. I know there is a cactus/succulent mix but the folks at the garden center said they use their regular mix. Well, if it works for them, that was good enough for us!
Add just a half inch or so of soil to the container, don’t shake it and mix it, just layer it on top of the rocks.
Next, decide which plants you want to use in the container. We picked a tall plant and a “roaming” or vining succulent and then added some moss. Pull some of the dirt off the root base, a few of the plants I trimmed the roots if they were really tangled and tight.
Just try them out and see what looks good where, rearrange the plants as needed and use the soil to fill in the spaces around the plants, tapping the dirt down around the roots.
I used a pastry brush to clean the dirt off the plants.
And I further cleaned off the plants with a stream of water from a oil/vinegar shaker (or a dishwashing soap dispenser which is what I use my shaker bottle for…you get the idea!). Add some more soil if needed to even out the surface.
Add just a few decorative rocks and you are done!
If the container needs to be wiped off, use a paper towel lightly moistened with glass cleaner.
Now stand back and admire your handwork! We went on to fill these other containers…
This plant was aptly named cobweb hen and chicks!
Here we mixed a hen and chicks with a jade plant and some crawling ground cover…
Then we had a great time scattering them around the house.
Succulents like north or west sunny spots and infrequent watering…however if you add any non-succulent plants, they may need to be watered more frequently. Yellowing leaves usually mean that the plants are getting over watered, but it can also mean the plants are too dry.
Here they are catching some morning rays.
A jade plant in the office with a succulent arrangement…
A few on coffee table books…
and a grouping on the kitchen counter…and that’s a wrap! Seriously we had a blast creating…
And mom was engrossed in a really good book on her iPad, she kept moving around to avoid being in the background of a shot. We might have had some distraction with this little guy too! He is too irresistible!
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