Monday, June 25, 2012

DIY: Succulent Garden

This past weekend, I tapped into Madalene and her love for gardening to make a Mini Succulent Garden in a Vintage Milk Glass Bowl I found at a local thrift store.  My Aunt Jean's birthday is this month and I wanted to make something fun for her to enjoy that doesn't require a lot of maintenance.  She loves milk glass and antiques, so instead of using a plain ole pot, I thought she would appreciate this vintage decor instead. 

I purchased all the succulents and cactus/succulent soil at Home Depot.  They carry a fabulous variety.  In fact, I found myself staring at their selection for over an hour, trying to decide which ones to take.  In the end, I went for different colors, height and textures to give the garden interest and depth.  

Because the vintage milk glass bowl doesn't have a hole for draining excess water, I lined the bottom of the bowl with a few 1 in. rocks.  Then I filled the bowl halfway with the soil, piled in the succulents (they like to be snug), lightly patted in more soil and decorated the edge with colorful pebbles I found in the candle section of Bed Bath and Beyond.  When you water the garden, the water will have a chance to drain down to the rocks so the plants aren't soaking in it.  Then the water will eventually evaporate.  These are desert plants!  They don't need too much water.  You really only need to water it, once you feel the soil is dry.  They like sun but should do well inside by a window.  I had a hard time letting this one go... ;)

 And congrats to Stacey for being the winner of The Perfect Hair Ties Giveaway.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, Stacey! It was a lot of fun. Glad it turned out okay for my first attempt. Can't wait to do another one for myself.

    2. What a lovely arrangement! I really like those cactuses. Everything looks so well put together. Your Aunt Jean will be pleased!

  2. I love this idea! I think succulents are beautiful, and I'm not very good at keeping plants alive, so this is perfect for me. I also wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the "Versatile Blogger Award" because I love your content and versatility -

    1. I'm new at gardening and think succulents are a great way to ease into it. Btw, thanks so much for the nomination! :)

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