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First Chance: Bobcat Boutique

The time is finally here and we are excited about our first show of the season! Come Join us for the Bobcat Boutique at the Iowa School for the Deaf tomorrow from 9:00-4:00 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. We will have a huge variety of succulent arrangements including your favorites from the blog along with many one of a kind re-purposed creations!

Bobcat Boutique Flyer 2014

Hope to see many of you tomorrow!



Wednesday Watering

One of my favorite things about watering the succulents in the greenhouse is how the plants hold the water immediately after watering.  The echeveria hold a single drop in the very center of their rosette.

IMG_8416Have a great Wednesday!


Terrarium Tuesday

I didn’t miss it, but I am cutting it close.  I think the rest of this Terrarium Tuesday post will explain why!

redo3Do you ever have those days where you are just completely uninspired creatively?  For me, today was one of those days.  I had a lot of Greenhouse work to do and I had some great help which made the afternoon a lot more fun and a lot less productive… but great conversation is worth a lot during the grad school grind!  So I had this great terrarium glass which I was very much looking forward to planting.  I have made a few of these before and with so many plants in the greenhouse, I knew this would hit it out of the park.  But it didn’t.  Each plant added made it worse.  It had no direction… It was unattractive and worst of all…. boring.

FailEven the photographs I took of it were uninspiring.  I knew it stunk, but it was a terrarium and today is Terrarium Tuesday.  I thought about saying good enough is, and writing a nice enthusiastic post about how it turned out exactly how I wanted.  I was not even inspired enough to do that!

Fail2Not knowing what I was going to do with Terrarium Tuesday this week, I went about the work of cleaning the greenhouse before heading home… and out of nowhere… Inspiration hit!  I got my second wind (Diet Mt. Dew induced???)!

Redo2I grabbed a couple different plants, notably the flowering echeveria and the rest started coming together.  The low profile terrarium bowl is our most popular design.  I like it because it can be used inside or out.  You must be careful with glass terrariums because they can really heat up in the sun and there is very poor air circulation.  They really are best suited for a temperature controlled dry environment.  But these flat bowls offer great air circulation but still have the glass terrarium feel.

RedoYou can probably tell, I like symmetry.  Well, maybe balance is a better word.  Regardless, I really liked the way this turned out.  It is really full so i decided not to use a top dressing.  This also makes it easier to tell when watering is necessary as you can see when the soil dries.

Redo4and those flowers….

Have a great week!


Terrarium Tuesday

Happy Terrarium Tuesday everyone!  I had big plans this week to get pictures taken of an awesome terrarium that I put together for a close friend last week.  However, research has not been my friend and meeting deadlines has made greenhouse fun time non-existent.  Today the midwest is supposed to get blasted with severe weather, so I decided to work close to home and not venture to the greenhouse.  I apologize for going back to cell phone pictures!

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Enough excuses though, I do have a fun terrarium to share with you all today.  This terrarium was one of the first that I put together and was made for one of my sisters.  The tear drop glass is a very popular shape and I have seen many terrariums using them.  Typically the hole in the side is put out of view, but I wanted to make it the feature and have the burro’s tail draping out of it.  These terrariums are not always ideal because the shallow depth does not allow for much soil.  I decided not to put a rock layer at the bottom as this would take even more of the valuable soil depth.  This means that watering is a little more tricky as excess water has nowhere to go and can cause the all too common succulent  rot.

2013-08-03 11.30.44I selected burro’s tail, blue dwarf sedum, and sempervivum as they do not require much soil depth.  These teardrop terrariums also make for great air plant terrariums.  We have been talking recently of increasing the scope of Geek Gardens to include air plants.  I recently purchased some to start to get a better understanding of care and how to work with them…. Back to this terrarium, I love the way this looks on the bookcase.  As I have mentioned before, if this location was the permanent home, the plants would surely lack for sunlight and begin to stretch.  However, placing it in more direct sunlight and moving it to this location when it is time to impress is a strategy that works well!

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Have a great week!


Terrarium Tuesday

Its that time of the week again!  I must apologize to the amazing people who read and follow my blog.  This week’s installment is a little half hearted.  We have been busy working in the greenhouse reorganize and freshly potting our succulent inventory.  This means that little time has been devoted to putting together new products.  With the semester complete (semester 18 of college for those counting) it feels like summer vacation should be starting.  Oh the life of a graduate student, where the seasons change but the responsibilities stay the same!


This week’s Terrarium Tuesday features a terrarium I made last winter when I was feeling the winter blues.  In the spirit of vacation, this beach themed succulent terrarium is just what the doctor ordered! I picked plants that had nice blue tones and used sand as the top dressing. I added sea shells to complete the theme.

Beach2So while a beach vacation is months away, this terrarium (or pictures of it) will have to do! Have a great week!