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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.


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!

IMG_8515 IMG_8506 IMG_8497Regards



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!


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.


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.


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.


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!



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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