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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

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.

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