Succulent Soup…

IMG_8491We were recently inspired to put together some new items for this years round of holiday arts and crafts markets. We have recently committed to five events so there will be plenty of opportunities for those in Lincoln and Omaha to come find us!

We have a number of plants that really work best planted by themselves.  That inspired us to put together these upcycled soup cans.  We have been playing around with many different materials and I got some planted to see what the finished product may look like.

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The can in the front is my personal favorite (although I really dislike the pork and beans succulent I planted in it, that will get changed out!).  As we were making the books, we were left the pages that we cut out.  We recently put together one made from old encyclopedias that were on their way to the dumpster.  I kept noticing all these faces of seemingly important and famous people (they made the encyclopedia at least…).  So we got out the water sealer and acrylic and the result is just creepy enough to be interesting.

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These are a fun and low cost way for us to feature different succulents and an attractive container for our costumers to feature their plants. These will all be $8.00-$12.00 depending on the plant.

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This (below) is the variety of cotyledon that I posted about last week with the beautiful late blooms.

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Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

A local area coffee shop, Drips, in Council Bluffs Iowa is a great spot.  Beyond their delicious drinks (they even have handmade syrups for unique sodas), they are an amazing supporter of local artists.  At Geek Gardens, we are always kind of affiliated with art, but have never felt like true artists… until now!

To celebrate this time of the year, Drips is hosting an art event based on the Day of the Dead theme. The kick off starts tomorrow (Saturday at 6pm), and if you are in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area you should make very effort to attend. Find out more information here. We decided to take a more literal artistic approach and submit two succulent living art pieces to celebrate.

IMG_8510Meet the lovely “la diosa Fortuna” or “lady luck”.  We combined our hypertufa poured concrete in a handmade planter frame with succulent cuttings to produce this living art. We added hand painted flowers to continue the colors and them from the frame to the mask and succulent background. The best part is that this piece of art will only get more and more stunning as the plants root and grow adding depth and texture.

IMG_8502Our second entry is titled “La Vida a Través de la Muerte” or “Life through Death”.  This piece shows a copper tree with a skeletal trunk branching out with succulent foliage. Additional copper vines and our hand painted flowers complete the work.  Again this is comprised of succulent cuttings that will continue to grow a fill in the piece over time. The base of the frame is made from a beautiful tissue paper that we water sealed and acrylic coated.

Scroll down for more pictures of these two living artworks.  We are so thrilled with the results! If you are able, stop by Drips in the next few weeks and check out their exhibit!

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GG

 

Bad Hair Day: Medusa Style

This goes out to all the history buff succulent lovers out there.  When we first came across these bust planters, the obvious choice for hair was the string of pearls.  The second choice, burro’s tail.  IMG_8434As soon as this was planted, the first thing that came to mind was the mythological creature, Medusa.  Medusa was the creature with body of a woman and hair of venomous snakes that was beheaded by Perseus. Looking at her eyes turned men to stone.

medusaThe Geek Garden’s Medusa is much less scary, but with many of the same beauty issues.  She gives true meaning to the phrase “bad hair day”. I am really excited to watch this planting grow.  Over time the burro’s tail will drape from the bust and become a little more organized.

IMG_8430A fun fact about Burro’s Tail: It has never been found in the wild.  It was discovered in Mexico as an already domesticated plant on someones porch.  In the greenhouse we have a very mature burro’s tail with “locks” that are approaching two feet in length.  It is a very fun plant, and this is a great way to show it off!

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GG

Succulent Book Planter

For a while now, we have been planning on making book planters for our succulents. Since the planting options for succulents is almost endless, we hadn’t made it a priority. Well, we have finally gotten around to it, and I am really excited about the results! Yesterday, I had a few minutes and decided to get one planted.

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These look great, but they are actually a lot of work.  Drilling (circular planters like above) or sawing (rectangular ones, will post later) through books is not as easy as it may seem.  It is a very slow process.  After the hole is made, we glue down the cover and then seal the top, bottom, and sides. Once waterproofing is complete, we add screening to the bottom and are then able to plant.

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I enjoy having the size to plant with. The combinations of plants makes these so interesting.  I used moss for the top dressing for the soil, but I am excited to experiment with using mosses like we have with other arrangements.  For this particular book, I used an arachnoid sempervivum, a deep green sedum, a dark green echeveria and a panda plant Kalanchoe tomentosa.

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The sun was setting as I was getting done and I just took one last picture before leaving the greenhouse.  I am excited to start working with the rest of these book planters!

Hope you have a great week!

GG