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Geekin’ Out at Drips Coffee Shop

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We opened our show at Drips with a bang on Friday night.  Thanks to everyone who came out, we had a blast! This was a really fun show, very different from what we typically do.  We had a lot of fun putting together some one of kind succulent creations.  These and many many more will be at Drips in Council Bluffs through Dec 5th.  If haven’t stopped by Drips Coffee Shop, you definitely should!

drips4drips7You may recall our floppy disk planters from earlier this spring… We dressed them up a little and geeked them out a lot! A refresher, we make these out of recycled floppy disks!

Of all the succulent plantings we do, the books are always my favorite… Not my favorite to make.  That usually involves hours of slow progress and lungs full of paper dust!  Of all the books we have created, this stack of vintage children’s books has been the best!

drips6As this is a two week show, and if you have read along this blog you know that succulents needs sunlight, and lots of it! While Drips is a lot of things…. sunny enough for succulents along the brick art wall, it is not. So we put together this display complete (well not quite complete at the time of this picture… but you can get the idea!) with cheap and easy plant lights on timers.  If you love succulents but are unsure of the access to light, for about $12.00 you can have an environment that is easy for you to keep going and perfect for your favorite plants.

drips10 dripsThe plants looked great especially with the Mark Art Photo Montages.  BTW, check these out.  Not only are they ridiculously well done, but at $35.00 they are a great gift idea.

 

 

To try to incorporate the two shows, Mark Art and Geek Gardens, we put together a mesh of the two.  Taking prints of original Mark Art, we sealed these to our can planters and matched them with fun and funky succulents.

IMG_8531 IMG_8532Mark made sure to have these prints available so you can get the framed artwork and the succulent can for the perfect matching set! Combined, less than $50.00.

 

 

And for the last little glimpse at our show, I present the Sea Shell.  This giant and beautiful porcelain piece of the ’70s is one of the greatest finds of our lives!  We have waited patiently for the perfect event to showcase this beast! As of earlier today, it was still available at Drips…

drips5Overall, we are so excited to be showcased at Drips and we would love for you to check us out! Even if a succulent masterpiece is not in the cards for you, there is something there that you will find interesting and will make you laugh! Worth it, just for the view!

-GG

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Succulent Birdcage Planter

This summer I came across a steal on a birdcage (this is clearly a decor piece, no birds were made homeless by this endeavor).  I have seen some beautiful birdcage planters that have made the rounds on pinterest, and I wanted to try my hand.  So Thursday night I stopped by the greenhouse before heading home and I just got the urge to finally put this together.  It almost planted itself.BirdCageOf course it was dark in the greenhouse so I didn’t get a chance to photograph it that night.  With the Bobcat Boutique last weekend, I immediately packed it up for the journey to Council Bluffs. So Friday was setup day, and we got our tables and props put together and started to place the plants. Before we even had the plants in place, one of the other vendors spotted it and asked us to put it on hold as they wanted to purchase it when the show opened the next morning!

SucculentBirdCageBefore it sold on Saturday, I quickly took a few pictures.  They really don’t do it justice as it really turned out quite spectacular! The reception was so great that I spent Sunday tracking down similar birdcages so that we could have a few more done this Holiday season.  There are many practical reasons why the birdcage makes a great succulent planter.  First, it looks amazing. Second, It is enclosed so if you have a feline friend that attacks your indoor plants, this will protect it. Third, it has a ring to hang so there is no excuse for not having this near a window!

I promise to take some decent photos of the next birdcage creation!

Have a great day!

-GG

Weekend Review and Future Plans

As the winter blast is currently in full force, I really do appreciate having my indoor succulents around! A heartfelt thanks to all who came out to the Bobcat Boutique.  I really cannot say enough about what a great show they put on! It was so much fun bringing our creations to you and talking about succulents all day.  I literally lost my voice after the show! For those that purchased a succulent from us, don’t forget to check out the succulent care page.  Your plants will be most happy with limited water and lots of sunlight! Remember “When in doubt, let them drought!”

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We decided to jazz up our space this time with some vintage props and I think that it turned out really nice.  This was also the debut of a number of new products including the succulent book planters, the encyclopedia planters (which sold before I could get a decent picture of them) and our first birdcage succulent arrangement (which almost sold before we had the space set up on Friday night!).  I was able to get a couple pictures of the birdcage which I will post about later this week.  If the idea sounds interesting to you, don’t fret, I was able to come across a few more birdcages and have those at our next show…

Speaking of our next show, we haven’t officially tied down the dates (tentatively Nov 21st-Dec 5th), but your next opportunity to see Geek Gardens will be in an entirely new format.  We are collaborating with an incredible local artist (check out his photo montages here) to put together a great art exhibit at Drips Coffee Shop in Council Bluffs Iowa (by the way, if you go to Drips, make sure to order the hibiscus soda.  Tres makes his own syrups and they are amazing!).  We have some amazing and funky new succulent containers that will make their debut at Drips.

Now, Nebraska friends who are averse to traveling across them Mighty Missouri River, worry not!  We are coming to an event near you soon! We will be involved in shows every weekend from  November 29th to December 13th.  Plenty of chances to get your favorite Geek Gardens succulent gifts.  The first Omaha event information is below.  Make sure to check out the facebook page to see the other amazing vendors! Remember this is all local artisans and all handmade gifts!

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Hope to see you this Holiday Season!!

-GG

First Chance: Bobcat Boutique

The time is finally here and we are excited about our first show of the season! Come Join us for the Bobcat Boutique at the Iowa School for the Deaf tomorrow from 9:00-4:00 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. We will have a huge variety of succulent arrangements including your favorites from the blog along with many one of a kind re-purposed creations!

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Hope to see many of you tomorrow!

GG

Succulent Book Planter: UPDATE

We have received a great response for the succulent book planters that I posted last week.  They really are one of the coolest ways to have living plants in your home.  We have been on the lookout for defected books that have little life left.  Books with pages missing, or irrelevant editions of textbooks.  We have no intention of reworking books that could be used for their intended purpose… bibliophiles can rest easy! Also, we are even using the pages that we cut from the books in the can planters I posted about earlier this week.

We have been working hard on preparing the books for their new lives as planters and I wanted to share a couple more that we finished.  This first one is perhaps my favorite succulent planting of any type (lightbulb terrarium not included!).  It was plant book, so it felt like added pressure to make it look just right.  How do you think we did?

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The goal for me was to keep the color in the soft blue/green with the plants.  The large plant, a graptosedum, transitions those tones to beautiful pink and purples.  I really think it is subtle yet stunning!

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The sedum in front will fill out.  The echeveria has a little bit of stretching.  The plants around it in the greenhouse grew faster than it did resulting in a lack of sunlight causing it stretch.  It is not too bad, and it will recover nicely in its new home!

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IMG_8477In addition to the circle cut planters, we have also been working on these rectangular ones.  The rectangles allow us to use a saw instead of drilling.  This gives us larger portions of pages to salvage for other projects and provides a large planting area for some different plants.

IMG_8486I have wanted to use this aloe for a while.  The red book really brings out the color of the “teeth” of the aloe.  To give the arrangement some height, I planted the crassula ovata (commonly called the gollum succulent).  This is another succulent that blushes when it receives plenty of sunlight, which I think looks good with the red book.  Finally, I settled on the sempervivum as it matched the green tones in the aloe.  I tried many different combinations of plants here, but I didn’t want it to be too busy.

IMG_8484 I added a little bit of red gravel (mostly because I bought it last year and it doesn’t look good with anything) and I thought it looks pretty good here.  I added a couple different ornamental and horticulture mosses for the top dressing and added a rock for some balance.

IMG_8483Here is the collection of planted books.  We will be finishing up more in the near future.  We will be selling these at our first holiday event (Nov. 8th, details to follow) for $25.00.  If interested feel free to contact us to place an order at any time.  Out of the area followers, we are selling and shipping the drilled and water sealed books with a bag of our hand mixed succulent soil and moss topdressing for $18.00 + shipping.  Message if interested.