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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!

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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.

Succulent!

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Succulent…What a great word with a variety of meanings! When trying to come up with a name for this blog, I started with one idea – my love for the many varieties of succulent plants! But in looking up the definition, the meaning of succulent is also “full of juice, juicy, moist and tasty, toothsome (now there’s one I haven’t heard in a while!) and especially love…rich in interest!

The past two years I became interested in the new assortment of succulent plants and their unique variation, colors, textures and ease of care. My yard is basically made up of all the same fifteen or more plants, which I cut and replant (more on this to come.) I have planted them in pots, in a vintage wood ice cream maker, in flower beds, margarita glasses, crates, inside frames, and on wood blocks. I can’t wait to share with you many ideas on the joy of succulents.

Another passion I have is cooking! Back in the early 80’s I got married and only knew how to open a can of Spam and make scallop potatoes from a box – that was the extent of my know-how. But over time, I was inspired to try new things, thanks to great magazines like Cooking Light  and Bon Apetit. Things didn’t always turn out perfectly, but I found out there was more to cooking than canned pork and dehydrated vegetables.

Succulent also says in a word the location in which I am blessed to live: San Clemente, California. It’s a small beach town on the far end of Orange County and just north of San Diego. Our family vacationed here over the past several decades, and when we had an opportunity to move here two years ago, we jumped on it. Known for it’s amazing climate and small surf town feel, it’s a place I hope you can come and visit. I can’t wait to write and tell you all about the great little finds in my neighborhood: eateries, consignment stores, “locals only” spots, the best hidden beaches, and striking sunset locations!

One way we spend many of our weekends is hitting the variety of yard sales in the southern Orange County area! I go looking for new and inexpensive ways to display plants, plate food, and decorate the yard. I would love for you to share your great finds as well! It’s good for the planet when we reuse, recycle, and repurpose old junk!

Well this is a good start! I hope you enjoy reading and exploring. Please join us for updates!