Tag Archive | Repurpose, Reuse or Recycle

At the Buddhist temple



We found this wonderful succulent filled fountain at the local Buddhist temple, it’s a really fun idea and in water conscious California, very smart too.

At the very top were the ‘String of Pearls’ senecio rowleyanus variety, giving the impression of actual drops of water cascading down the fountain, how clever!

It seemed like the whole thing had been recently put together and we didn’t expect to find it among the redwoods. What a pleasant surprise –

On the bottom left you can also see a wonderful echeveria gibboflora var. carunculata I don’t think I’ ever seen one before, it had a beautiful purple punk tone.


They also had a great bed of echeverias by the main prayer wheel, I never realized they kind of look like lotuses!



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Re-use, Re-purpose, Re-interpret

The Inner Gardener

All good gardeners know the benefits of re-using and recycling in the garden, from the humble compost heap to second hand bits of building materials to make garden beds and other structures.  Apart from being good for the environment and reducing the landfill, it’s also great for the hip pocket and that feeling of self- sufficiency. You can obtain or create some very original items by re-interpreting materials and a bit of imagination.  I often look around at nurseries, gift and furniture  shops for inspiration and also at other gardens during my travels.

Here are some of the things I have found or re-used in my garden over the years. Many have been ‘freebies’ sourced during evening constitutionals around my neighbourhood at hard rubbish collection time, some have been second-hand and purchased at a minimal cost, and some have been fashioned out of materials from my own garden.

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Reuse: Concrete Block Garden

Reclaimed Garden

(For more info, visit Studio G Blog)

What can you do with extra concrete blocks? How about making a wall garden or planter with them? Stack them, turn them, or even alternate blocks with negative space.

For more info, visit  Salvage Secrets Blog

Click here to go to J Peterson Garden Design for info about making your own concrete block garden planter wall.

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Outside In

Hana & George

I love have plants scattered around our flat all year round. We don’t have a garden and live in a city so I find it a brilliant way to create our own little oasis inside. I think that having pots and plants around is really uplifting. However, along the way I’ve also managed to kill a lot of plants and struggled to keeping them looking lovely so decided to do a little bit of research on how to keep the greenery alive! Here are a few tips that I found helpful…

* Choose the right plants for you – if you’re prone to killing your plants, the best thing to do is to try and buy hardy plants that like a bit of mistreatment. Cactus and succulents are good for this and I’ve found orchids can be left to their own devices! They only like to be watered once a week…

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Crafty Make: A Succulent in a Vintage Tea Cup and Saucer

Fika Print Design

SUCCULENTPLANTTEACUPA few months ago, I saw some mini succulent plants in white tea cups being sold at a garden centre for £10 each and thought “I bet I could do that cheaper?”. So, I have. For a grand total of £4.49, I made possibly one of the cutest gifts I’ve ever made (sort-of, more compiled) for my dear friend’s birthday. The gold Scandinavian leaf patterned vintage tea cup and saucer I found at a local table top sale for 50p and the flowering succulent I bought for £3.99. I excercised major will-power to not keep it for myself but will definitely be making more of these as I love them so much

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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 Anthropologie.com.
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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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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