Monday, April 4, 2011
I'm glad he did because I have now grown quite fond of them, with their pretty colors and textures and virtual hassle-free maintenance. Bonus points that they are now considered tres-chic. We are constantly collecting bits and pieces on our walks and when we visit nurseries. Today we picked a tiny branch off of a pot in the Bloomingdale's courtyard. You can stick the smallest nub, or sometimes even just a leaf into the tiniest amount of soil and months later you have a full blown succulent.
We stick bits and pieces into pots we keep on the side of the house filled with cactus soil (a very important factor) and just let them go wild, and then when we have a nice collection we trim, prune and transplant into fresh new pots to make pretty arrangements.
By the way, the kids love the succulents way more than your average flower. They find them absolutely fascinating, carefully comparing all their unique shapes, textures and colors. They helped with most of the arranging and the design today. The big pot on the top left in the picture below is the family pot. The one to the right is the "boy" pot, or Sydney and Daddy's pot, and the pot on the bottom right is the "girl" pot, or Taylor and Mommy's pot. Everything in this house lately has been very gender specific, even the potted plants.
P.S. the little spiky tree-like succulent that I am pruning is from the original cactus garden we received from my Aunt ten years ago. We have grown and transplanted bits and pieces of it into several pots and it just keeps living on. I love that and think it is just amazing.
I'm linking up to Heather's Life Made Lovely Monday. Did you see she has a new home?!?