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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.


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!


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!


Flowering Succulents

There is so much to see in the Greenhouse these days.  So many of our succulents varieties are in bloom.  One of the great things about succulents is that different types bloom at different times throughout the year.  This means that beyond the unique look of the plants themselves, there is generally some interesting flowers as well.

SucculentsinbloomI put together this image to document some of the flowers that are in the greenhouse now.  These are from an echeveria, a sempervivum (3 different types), and the kalanchoe flap jacks. I love the color variety.  From the intense pinks and oranges, to the light green, and the crisp white, there is certainly something for everyone.


Terrarium Tuesday

IMG_8189Summertime and the living is easy! This week’s Terrarium Tuesday features our “Pitcher Terrarium”.  Planted in a glass pitcher, this is the ultimate summer terrarium! Sedum, Sempervivum, Echeveria, and Crassula are planted in this unique terrarium. (Warning, contents are not a beverage and should not be consumed)

IMG_8193And since it is summer time, a little sea side embellishments can never hurt!

IMG_8187I think these are a fun way to add succulents to your decor.  I picture this as part of a summer centerpiece on an outdoor deck/patio table.  Not sure if its refreshing…. well at least not to drink!


Hope your summer has gotten off to a great start!