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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.

Succulent Soup…

IMG_8491We were recently inspired to put together some new items for this years round of holiday arts and crafts markets. We have recently committed to five events so there will be plenty of opportunities for those in Lincoln and Omaha to come find us!

We have a number of plants that really work best planted by themselves.  That inspired us to put together these upcycled soup cans.  We have been playing around with many different materials and I got some planted to see what the finished product may look like.

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The can in the front is my personal favorite (although I really dislike the pork and beans succulent I planted in it, that will get changed out!).  As we were making the books, we were left the pages that we cut out.  We recently put together one made from old encyclopedias that were on their way to the dumpster.  I kept noticing all these faces of seemingly important and famous people (they made the encyclopedia at least…).  So we got out the water sealer and acrylic and the result is just creepy enough to be interesting.

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These are a fun and low cost way for us to feature different succulents and an attractive container for our costumers to feature their plants. These will all be $8.00-$12.00 depending on the plant.

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This (below) is the variety of cotyledon that I posted about last week with the beautiful late blooms.

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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!

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GG

 

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!

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GG

Wedding Bells Pt. 1

I have mentioned in a number of posts how Geek Gardens was hired to provide terrariums and plantings for a wedding this summer.  Well, the wedding bells will be ringing on Saturday and guests of the bride and groom will be treated with amazing succulent decor.  When the dust had settled in the Geek Garden’s Greenhouse, 51 terrariums and planted arrangements were packed and loaded!

carfullI cannot wait to see how the reception venue looks on Saturday!  I am sure that their tablescapes will be unlike any reception hosted their before!  I will have a followup post next week with pictures from the weddings with the succulents all set up!  We are so happy for the bride and groom and honored to be apart of their big day!

If you are interested in Geek Gardens to help provide your wedding decor, just send us a message through the blog or at geekgardens1@gmail.com.