Category Archives: Containers

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Repurposed – Grampa’s Old Toolbox

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You’ve seen them at yard sales…old tool boxes in all sizes and colors. I love that rusty tin! I had Tom drill a couple holes in the bottom for good drainage, added regular potting soil, and snipped some succulents from the yard. I dipped them in a bit of rooting hormone (I like MiracleGro FastRoot from Lowes) and then plugged them in to damp soil. Don’t be afraid to crowd things in. Looks great in that little corner of the yard or on the patio table.IMG_0433 IMG_0432

Repurposed Firepit

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My Good friend Candace from Laguna Beach sent me these photos of their repurposed backyard fire pit. Her husband Brian is a talented landscape hobbiest and created this great focal point in the middle of the yard. In the pot is flapjack plant or Kalanchoe luciae (red), blue fingers of Senecio mandraliscae, with some cascading Aeonium. Looks like Brian left the rock in the pit and added some ornamental grass. Very low water, hardly any maintenance! Great idea, thanks for sharing.

Dramatic red on the flapjack plant.

Dramatic red on the flapjack plant.

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The above ground firepit in front of water feature

The above ground firepit in front of water feature

Hanging Succulent Art Part 2

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Okay, so today we made a new succulent hanger, thanks to some wood donations. Have you checked out freecycle.org? If you need something for free or want to give something for free, it’s the place to go! I posted a need for used lumber and thanks to Nicole in Irvine, was hooked up with several nice pieces within the hour. I used this slightly bigger board with a burlap pocket much the way I made on my previous post. This board will lay flat in the sun for about a month, and then I will post new photos on how it has filled in. All cuttings are from my garden! 

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Here Fishy Fishy

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My friend Carrie moved from California to Colorado and back to California just like me. She’s a quilter and painter and crafter, so when I started this blog, she was one of the first to reply. Today she sent me her own succulent project – her brother just put in a pond and she found this fish container and added succulent clippings from her own garden. She’s gifting it to him, and I bet he will love it! Thanks Carrie!

Pumpkin Pot

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I saw this Pumpkin Pot in the Los Rios District of San Juan Capistrano. I had to take a close look because the pot looked just like a pumpkin…and it was – a real one! This would make such a fun Thanksgiving centerpiece. When the pumpkin starts to soften too much you could just repot the whole thing in a new container. Great idea!

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Today’s post features our latest yard sale find – three rustic green wine glasses for 25c. Yes, a whole quarter. My daughter Chelsea snapped them up and brought them home – I filled them with a layer of spanish moss, added potting soil, and snipped some of my backyard succulents. I dipped the snips in a little rooting hormone, then added some more spanish moss to the top to lock the cuttings into place. Because there is no drainage in the glasses, they require very little watering – maybe just once every two weeks, and never to the point of soaking. Great find Chelsea! Image

Yard Sale Find!

Hostess Gift to Go

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Bought this classic Don the Beachcomber mug at a yard sale for a quarter. Filled it with potting soil, took three snips from my succulents, dipped them in rooting hormone, plugged them into soil and added a few shreds of spanish moss on the top. Taking it to my daughter’s boyfriend’s house for dinner tonight! A nice little gift from the garden.

Succulent Ice Cream

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I picked up this old, peeling and rusty ice cream maker at one of my favorite San Clemente finds, La Casa Verde for only seven bucks! I added Senechio, Jade, Sedum Angelina, and Sedum. After only two months, it’s thriving in the new habitat.