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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?


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!


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!


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.


Terrarium Tuesday

This is the first of a new weekly feature here at Geek Gardens.  We will be showcasing succulent terrarium creations. For our first installment of Terrarium Tuesday, we are featuring a collection of terrariums that are now available at the Smiling Turtle Art Spot.  Together, these pieces make an incredibly interesting and stunning centerpiece.

Terrarium SetThis group really highlights what we love to do here at Geek Gardens.  The terrarium glass is a collection of pieces from all different sources.  The small tube glass came from a thrift shop, the largest glass was a random clearance purchase, and the middle terrarium glass was so awesome we just couldn’t wait to plant it!

Terrarium2Succulents are so amazing because of all the different textures and varieties of the plants.  This terrarium features crassula perforata, sempervivum, and graptosedum.  With plenty of sunlight, all three plants “blush” with the same deep redish purple color.

Terrarium3The larger terrarium contains sempervivum, golden sedum, crassula gollum, and crassula capitella.  A few considerations were made with this terrarium.  The sedum and crassula capitella are young plants and will grow considerably and we wanted to make sure that they had room to flourish in the terrarium.  Additionally, in the summer all but the sempervivum will blush in a bright red color and return to deep greens in the fall and winter.  The changes in colors increases their interest year round!

Join us next Tuesday for another installment of Terrarium Tuesday!


Terrarium Fun!

Terrarium Fun!

Terrariums are a great way to add more plants to your decor and BigRedThumb has exactly what you need. This shallow dish terrarium is a show stopper that, like wine, gets better with age. Using Sedums, sempervivums, fenestraria, and graptosedum among others creates a unique and interesting piece. Send us a message to place your order and all you will have to do is find the perfect spot for your one-of-a-kind piece. Because succulents need little water, you will have no issues leaving these plants alone over your holiday travels!