Packed up and ready to go!
Maid of honor and bridesmaids with succulent bouquets.
Wow, we just married off our youngest daughter and the wedding was amazing! Lots of wonderful little personal touches that made it intimate and reflective of their tastes and message. We worked in conjunction with her florist, Collected with Love in San Clemente, to grow most of the succulents that would be the base for the bouquets, boutonnieres, and center pieces. 20 bags of potting soil, 200+ plastic starter containers, 25 plastic trays later, we were ready. The yard was also used to trim, fill, and add to the array of plants. I can happily report that two months later, it is back to full glory – although it was very well sliced back to the point in which I wondered why I had offered 🙂 Honestly, trimming things in the summer does do wonders for the fall blooms of succulents.
Here’s a few photos of the wedding prep and in the next post, I’ll show you the wedding photos with all the succulent amazement.
Succulent topped green pumpkin
Mini-pumpkin with acorns
Large selection from Serenity Gardens
Mini-pumpkin with long stem
Yes, that’s a pumpkin!
I just got back from a wonderful two-day fall event at Waterwise Botanicals in Escondido, CA. If you are a succulent lover, visit them and you will feel like you died and went to heaven. There are acres and acres of colorful and amazing varieties of succulents and roses, lining the fields and hillsides and staging areas of design. It was also fun to be with 200+ others who are intrigued and obsessed by these plants – some even more than me!
One of the events I participated in was hosted by Laura Eubanks of Serenity Gardens. With her excellent direction, we created a gorgeous Succulent Topped Pumpkin centerpiece, which will last well through the holidays. Three years ago, this creative Master Gardener was looking for something unusual to accent her holiday decorations, and after a little experimenting, she came up with the succulent pumpkin! Her creations are available for sale at a variety of locations including Roger’s Gardens and through her website. You can also request a custom gift, centerpiece or landscape arrangement and have it shipped to any location.
Or – like me – you can learn to do it yourself! The workshop included all the tools you need but here’s the short list if you want to DIY:
- Florist Moss
- Cuttings of a variety of succulents in varying sizes
- Cones, Acorns, Magnolia Pods
- Craft Glue or Hot Glue Gun
Watch this instructional 4-minute video with Laura and photojournalist/author Debra Lee Baldwin for complete directions on creating your own masterpiece. Have fun! Send pictures!
Looking for something succulent to do this Friday and Saturday October 25-26, 2013? Join me at a Fall Garden Party at Waterwise Botanicals in Escondido, CA.
This two day event features Debra Lee Baldwin, garden photojournalist and author. As Debra introduces some of her favorite easy-care succulents for Southern CA gardens, she explains how to beautifully combine them in landscapes, gardens and containers. Based on her new book, Succulents Simplified, this fun and informative presentation celebrates the shapes, colors and textures of succulents, and gives tips for keeping them fat and sassy. Come be reassured, entertained and inspired! Book signing follows.
Next on the schedule is a Holiday Succulent Centerpiece Workshop.
Lois Walag, owner of Succulent Salon is “Obsessed” with succulents! She’ll teach you how to make a living centerpiece that will bring you years of perennial joy! Registration fee: $45. Price includes all material to construct a 10″ diameter centerpiece. Pruners are suggested and will be available for purchase. Limited Space. Students must register in advance via PayPal on Lois’ website at www.succulentsalon.com.
Saturday morning features Rebecca Sweet, author, designer, and book launch of her newest, Refresh Your Garden Design – Simple Strategies to Wake a Weary Garden. With all of the buzzwords and trends in gardening these days, how do you know where to begin? Rebecca takes a fresh approach to explain, simplify and reinterpret traditional design concepts for home gardeners of all levels. Both practical and inspirational, you will learn how to identify what has gone wrong with your garden and, more importantly, how to fix the problem. Book signing follows.
We are looking forward to the entire weekend and expanding our love and knowledge of succulents. Hope to see you there! Make sure to RSVP. This event is free!
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!
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.
One of my favorite places in south Orange County is the Los Rios District in San Juan Capistrano. Lots of history, lots of old houses, but beautiful gardens and great little shops. Exit at Ortega Highway and follow directions to the mission. It’s right across the street at the train station. Cross over the tracks and you’re in a different world.
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