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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

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!

-GG

Hanging Around

Some days you just gotta take a some time to hangout!  This is a “String of Pearls” succulent in a teal/blue hanging planter.  String of pearls are an amazing plant.  I am always surprised by how small their root structure is compared to the length of their strings.  It makes them ideal for some of the hanging planters that don’t really have much room for soil and roots.

IMG_8156eJust a heads of up of what to expect on the blog in the coming days.

IMG_8157eTerrarium Tuesday (of course): This weeks terrarium will follow this whole relax theme!

Succulents in Bloom: We have so many succulents blooming in the greenhouse!  I will post some pictures.  One of our newer varieties of sempervivum is blooming a really nice green flower! (Green flowers are a favorite of mine!)

Succulent Art: Continuing the series of art featuring succulents, I have a black and white print series that I will highlight.

So bookmark or “follow” the blog, cause if you like succulents you have come to the right place!

-GG

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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