Thursday, June 20, 2013

A First Try At Succulents

Danni here from Silo Hill Farm and I am thrilled to be guest posting for Karen today.  Seriously, I am and I'll tell you why....because Karen is coming to visit me at Silo Hill Farm!  Yep...she is going to give me a "hands on" furniture painting lesson!  I have been collecting furniture to paint for years and yet, I have not painted a single piece because I find it so intimidating.  When she offered to come to the farm and teach me, there was no way I was going to refuse.  There was also no way I was going to refuse doing a guest post for her either. 

I'm a craft blogger, albeit one with a secret desire to be a furniture painting blogger. But for now, I'm just a craft blogger.  In an effort to practice leaving my crafting comfort zone, I decided to do a different kind of project for this post.   In the blogging world succulent planters have been done to death, but they haven't been done by me and I wanted to give it a try.



Not too bad for my first attempt.  This project also took me out of my "homebody" mode and sent me on a trip to the local home and garden center because although I have had 2 years of horticulture in school, I really knew nothing about succulents.  I found someone who had a clue and I asked tons of questions.  I picked out a some succulents that I liked and the recommended bag of this....



The advice was that succulents need a fast-draining soil because surprisingly to me they don't love water and most won't tolerate very much of it for very long. I already had the recommended shallow container with a good drainage hole or two.



The holes were rather large for such fine sandy soil, so I covered them with a couple of pieces of plastic screening.  I filled my pot 1/3 of the way with the cactus mix and put my 3 little plants in.  Then I rearranged it about 10 times because I have no idea what is aesthetically pleasing when it comes to weird-looking plants but I settled on a plan and then added the rest of my soil.



Somehow, it just didn't seem finished.  It looked a little too stark for me.  I scrambled through my craft supplies looking for something to cute it up with.  Bad idea.  My craft room is full of things like buttons, gems, ribbons and pretty paper.  Ummm no.  So I went to my candle cabinet.  I have a thing for candles and I have an entire cabinet full of candles and candlescape paraphernalia.  I found a little Ziploc full of natural aquarium gravel.



Using a plastic spoon, I just put a thin layer of the gravel around the plants to cover the soil.



Now it looks finished.  This was an easy project and fairly inexpensive.  Although I may have jumped on the caboose of the succulent planter blog train, I'm pretty happy with the results.  

I have to go empty out some furniture and get it ready to paint because I'm about to step into a wholly different blogging world.  Hopefully some of you "Somewhat Quirky" readers will be seeing me again.....that is, if I'm a good student, because we all know that it won't be the teachers fault as I'll be having an excellent teacher.

Thanks for letting me share a project with your readers today Karen!

Thanks Danni. This looks great. Love the pot that you used. By the time anybody reads this we will be elbow deep in painting and having a blast I'm sure! I hope you will stop by Silo Hill Farm to see more of Danni's projects and to hear her take on our furniture painting adventures.

Make something wonderful today!

Karen

20 comments:

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

The larger rocks and pea gravel gave it the finished look for sure. I love the pot too.

Linda @ With A Blast said...

Love it! We have the two in front {quite a few actually!} but the one at the back is new to me :-) Looks awesome and great for a 1st!

Baye said...

Must go find some succulents! Thanks for the inspiration, Danni!

Anne said...

love the aquarium rock addition, it makes the succulents stand out. Perfect choice!

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

Thanks for all the tips Danni. This turned out beautiful. And, who knew you took 2 years of horticulture. How interesting. No wonder you have a green thumb :)

Stephanie said...

LOVE it! Now I want to make one :) The small stones gave it the perfect finished touch.

Jennifer Schmidt said...

It is so interesting looking. I have lots of outdoor succulents but none indoors. This must change. I can't decide if I like the dirt or pebble look better, though.

I guess Saturday will entail a trip to the succulent lady at the farmer's market.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Carly said...

I love this, it turned out perfectly!

Carly
www.lipglossandcrayons.com

Our Pinteresting Family said...

You should have been teaching the succulent workshop at Home Depot that I went to a few weeks ago. I learned more from your post than what I learned there. :) It's beautiful, Danni!

Gail said...

Looks good Danni! I "rescued" some succulent plants from Lowes when we first moved here. They were a dollar a piece and I bought four. There's only one left and it's on it's last whatever. Guess I over watered leaving them out in the rain, etc. When you take on a project, you learn everything there is to know about the subject. That's why they always turn out so awesome!

LittleMyoo said...

I love everything you come up with Danni...and I haven't made anything pretty with succulents yet, so I'm even behinder...

Natalie @ NorthShore Days said...

I love this Danni - as usual you inspire me - I really do need to give this a go in Summer. I'm so excited that you and Karen are visiting and having a great time xxx

Bliss said...

Karen is creating a monster, a painting monster. There will be no rest now around Silo Hill Farm. Danni will sleep with a paint brush in hand, and from mornings first light she will be putting paint to a project. And all will be right with the world.

Bliss

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

"I have no idea what is aesthetically pleasing when it comes to weird-looking plants"-
That made me laugh! Good job, Danni.

Mary said...

Danni, your succulent planter turned out wonderful! Great job, you look like a pro! I can't wait to see and read your first painted piece post. How sweet of Karen! I can only imagine the fun your two had!

Donna Wilkes said...

the gravel was the right touch to finish this cute little garden. I am warning you - succulents can be addicting because they do not like to be cared for! I hope there will be a video of the two of you working!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Gorgeous Danni, you did a fantadtic jobI have quite a few succulents, down under they're the only things that survive summer. I should pick some and do a planter :)

Amy Ellis said...

Between the succulents and gravel this so calming and zen-like and your clay pottery choice only adds to it, what an interesting piece! Beautiful, Danni I always love your garden displays and now I know why. Your two years of training really shows ~ Amy

Marilyn Clark said...

Natalie thanks so much for having Danni as a guest...I got to see Danni's great tutorial AND meet you! Happy Wednesday!

Little Miss Maggie said...

I love these succulent planters and they can grow just about anywhere and under any conditions. Danni has these planters down to a science. The are beautiful.

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