Archive | 30 July 2012

Plants + Mugs = Delightful

Musings of Heatherly.B

To my pleasant surprise, being a mug and plant nut can be expressed via all different avenues, even when I’m not even trying.

After this post, I must have been all too inspired as I created gifts for a friend’s shower, and another friend’s son’s wedding (not pictured – used same four variety of flowers).

Thought you might enjoy!

Mugs are from
Plants from local Walmart.

We had a lovely visit and I cherish our friendship.

“The death of a friend is equivalent to the loss of a limb.”
– German Proverb

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Succulents: The College Kid Plant

make something out of nothing

I had gotten Debra Baldwin’s “Succulent Container Gardens: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants” book from the library a couple months ago and was just entranced by the beauty and variety and easy care of succulents.  Succulents seem to be the perfect solution for decorating my front porch.  It’s a spot that gets plenty of afternoon sun, but often gets VERY dry because when I see it raining outside, I do not water, leading me to neglect the potted plants on the front porch that are shielded from the rainfall.  In short, every plant that goes on my front porch dies of thirst.

Sadly the local farm stand and the local bigger nursery did not have any or few succulents.  I finally found a small variety at Lowe’s and went giddy, snatching up several without restraint.  As I was standing in line to purchase the plants, this joyful woman…

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More little xericstyle planters…


I had a lot of fun this morning – let me show you my latest…

This color knocks my socks off.  I first saw an Aloe dorotheae on danger garden,  and knew I had to have one.  Imagine how surprised I was when I went to the nursery for something else yesterday, a yucca jabbed through my wrist vein and I was bleeding all over the place, and then I looked over and saw THE aloe for 40% off!  Yep, it was all worth it!  

I really love the way it looks like a starburst.  I planted sedum makinoi ogon underneath to bring out the funky greens.

I have had this hanging tea light holder for years and I have used it for various things – but then it came to me today while planting my aloe and sedum combo – a hanging succulent garden!  Duh, of course!  I…

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DIY – Garden Planter

Living In Grace

Love this by Censational Girl. I like the muted natural tones of the rocks on the planter. Click HERE for more of her awesome projects!

Enjoy ~ Sarah xxx


diy: rock covered bucket

Basic ingredients for a rock covered bucket: strong (not flimsy!) metal can or bucket that holds its shape when moved (I chose this trash can); 2 sheets 12” x 12” river rock mesh tile; thin set mortar; grout (sanded or nonsanded); putty knife, large sponge.

If you want to make it a planter, punch a few holes in the bottom with a hammer and a thick nail first for drainage.  To adhere the river rocks to the metal bucket, I followed the same basic steps as I did with this mosaic planter, first applying a thick layer of thin set mortar then cutting the mesh tile with a box cutter and layering the tile on the outside…

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A Study of Aeonium

Curls and Q

 Sometimes you have to see through the eyes of a stranger to notice bits of your hometown that are too familiar. Ever since A Little Bit of This and That published her piece about Eggplant Cactus on her blog referring to a plant she photographed while visiting San Diego, since then I have become acutely aware of how widely grown the family Crassulaceae, Stonecrop, is here. I mean it is every where! In the family, there is a genus commonly called Hen and Chicks, which refers to a large plant, Hen, which has smaller plants, Chicks, popping up around it.  In our hike around Quail Gardens,we found quite a variety of plants belonging to the genus Aeonium, which the Eggplant Cactus belonged too.  Technically, these are succulents not cacti.

Although, Aeonium are not sold as the Hens and Chicks plants they belong to the same family and are quite similar…

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My Future Indoor Backyard

DormStyler Part II

One day I’ll have a garden. For right now, I have two invincible little ivy-type plants and a small basil plant. But ever since we moved in one block from the fens, my appetite for greenery keeps growing. However, it just so happens that we also moved in three blocks away from a WestElm… and they have the most amazing terrarium collection I’ve ever seen. And maybe, just maybe, I’ve found my balance between having a backyard and living in a one-bedroom apartment.

If you don’t know what a terrarium is, don’t worry–it wasn’t until last month that I discovered the bonsai wasn’t the only miniature garden available

Here is a info page with lots of details about terrariums… but more importantly here is my inspiration for my future indoor backyard

Aren’t they so fun?

I cannot wait to make one myself. Hopefully the upkeep won’t be too much… it’s a miracle…

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