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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 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.

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!

IMG_8431Have a great weekend!

GG

And… We’re Back!!!

I am sorry that we have been absent for so long!  I really have no excuse.  At the end of July I took vacation and returned to the expected —-storm that awaits after a week away.  Also, I really have lacked inspiration.  We have been incredibly busy preparing for two weddings which will feature Geek Garden Terrariums for centerpieces.  This means that we now have more plants than ever before!  The problem is, we have never really formalized what a terrarium requires.  Whenever I make them, I just play with the plants that I have available and try to make something as beautiful as possible.  So, my plans for the weddings has been, propagate as many plants as possible to hope to have enough.  I am confident that we have more than enough, but I cannot quantify how many extra we have.  So I have not felt like I could go to the greenhouse to create… I just realized that I said I have no excuse…. but I then I just created a list of them…. Anyways, I have my second wind and we are back!!!!

For the reasons above, I will not have new creations available to share until after the weddings (mid August).  But What I do have is something that I am really excited about.

Mixing BowlwebThis is the first of a collection of succulent prints that I have been playing around with.  As I have mentioned before, the structure of succulents are so unique and the geometry makes them so interesting.  I also love black and white artwork, especially pencil/charcoals sketches.  Since my ability to create art by hand is severely lacking, my goal was to transform images of succulents that I have captured on camera to reflect this style.  I have a whole series of these prints that I will continue to release.

Pricing  for this print follows:

8×10 = $15.00

16×20 = $50.00

Full size digital file = $45.00

*Price does not include shipping, inquire for prices on other sizes.

Please respect that all images are the authors of this blog and shall not be reused or re purposed with the expressed authorization from the authors.

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Succ-Hoo-Lents

So one of the perks of constantly working with succulents is finding great containers to put them in. Suddenly, a stop at the thrift shop or any other shop for that matter qualifies as a “business trip.” Oh the perks! When I stumbled on these amazing owl planters, I did what I always do…. Bought every single one! Unfortunately, (or fortunately) there were only 5. I think they are awesome!

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