Succulent lovers, here’s an amazing place to stop on your way to San Diego – Succulent Cafe in Oceanside, CA. Have a cup of delicious locally roasted coffee, nosh a fresh baked pastry, cozy up in a chair and soak in the expanse of colorful varieties of succulents, art, and creative arrangements. The owner, Peter Loyola, has created a virtual secret garden right in the middle of town – vertical arrangements accented by drift wood, unique beds of Aoenium and blue fingers in repurposed rain gutters, and local artwork line the private, serene courtyard. Peter said his goal was stimulate all the senses, and he has succeeded!
On the weekends, the cafe features local music, including an occasional visit by harpist Geri Afshari. The private patio is also available to rent for private parties, the perfect atmosphere for a small reception. Like them on Facebook to get notifications of special events including art shows and musical events.
Featured in the Best of San Diego in San Diego Magazine, this little gem is worth the trip. Stop in and tell them you saw them on Everything Succulent!
Pallets! They really are are everywhere, just looking for a home! These nice pieces of wood usually end up in the trash, then on to landfills. But once you get looking for them, they are easy to find. My local appliance store usually has a heap of them near the trash every week. Make sure you check the markings to make sure they are safe to reuse. Also, you can look for freebies on Craigslist or Freecycle.org where you are sure to find them. I had several given to me and stashed on the side of the house, while contemplating how to make them into a succulent garden.
One morning this summer, Tom disappeared for a couple hours, then proudly led me to HIS creation! (I’m thinking maybe he was tired of seeing me hunched over in my garden, hunched over planting pots, then hunched over the rest of the day.) He partially dismantled a couple of pallets to make a usable, wide and deep potting bench. We topped it with a piece of purchased plywood for a total cost of $18. Anyway, here’s a bit of inspiration to re-purposing the ever-available wood pallet!
Tom converting pallets
Lots of storage underneath
New working pallet potting bench
Already loaded with projects
Mix and match succulent creation
- Pallet Ideas (diyconfessions.com)
- Potting Bench (onecarwood.wordpress.com)
- Pallet to Park Bench… (mostlymadeup.wordpress.com)
- How to Make Your Own Furniture from Pallets (ways2gogreenblog.com)
- A Look At Pallet Recycling (larrydkeen.com)
One of my favorite succulents is called Stacked Crassula. My sister-in-law, Ruth, gave me a one a few weeks ago, and I just repotted it. Stacked Crassula are very hardy and require very little care, and make a great companion to other potted succulents because of their pyramid like appearance. I like how some stand straight and others meander over the side of the pot. Here they are combined with Flapjack or Kalanchoe luciae and blue senechio in an old fashion tin french flower pot. This cost me NOTHING! The gift combined with other slips from the yard – done!
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.
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.
The above ground firepit in front of water feature
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!
Today I am sharing a couple photos of a super easy and fun Hanging Succulent Art project. I originally made this for my front door. First, take a piece of old board (this one is about 8″ x 16″ and I found it in the garage), and add a wire hanger to the top. Then take a piece of burlap, double it and staple a pocket to the board. Line the pocket with Spanish moss, and add a good amount of potting soil to the middle. Add more moss to the top. Then take your succulent cuttings from your yard and, with a pencil, make a hole in the soil or in the burlap. Place the root in the hole. If necessary, use landscape pins to secure the cutting. I added a seashell, but you can add whatever you like that might give it a little more interest! Water about once a week in the summer, less in winter. This would be a great inexpensive holiday gift, so start now so the plants have time to root. Have fun!
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!
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!
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.