I have a special ability with plants….you could call me a plant whisperer of sorts……….but I don’t mean in a good way. I mean that when plants enter my home they die………almost immediately, they know their time is up so they give into the inevitable. It’s a gift, what more can I say? I actually I think they start dying as soon as I pick them up at the nursery. My husband rolls his eyes every time I bring a plant home and asks me “why do you do this to yourself?”. He is under no delusion that the plant will survive………I, however, live with the hope that this time it will be different, that somehow this one will be a fighter and make it through. It is not that I don’t care about plants, it’s more that I forget about them. Even the ones that are right in front of me everyday as I wash the dishes, I forget they are there and I am not sure if you know this but plants need water and sun……..it is this whole photosynthesis thing?! What I don’t get is that I have managed to keep a WHOLE HUMAN alive for 9 YEARS, but for the life of me I keep killing plants. How does that even make sense?
So in reality this project is an experiment in futility…..or faith…..we will have to see, I will keep you posted on their progress!
I don’t know about you but I love a good upcycle…..I love creating something out of nothing or creating a high end look for something I bought at the op-shop.
When I was a teenager I would go op-shopping weekly, for trendy retro fashions, the stuff my Mum wore when she was a teenager and without thinking of her future daughter proceeded to discard. Could you imagine the fashions I would have been avaliable to me if she had kept everything?! I thought ahead though…….I have kept my favourite retro fashions I found as a teenager and put them away for my daughter. How awesome a Mum am I? Seriously my teenage self loves me right now!
The point to that whole side story was that I have been into op-shopping forever….I love finding a bargain and I love taking something another person has discarded and making it my own.
So lets take an ordinary op-shop find that you can find EVERYWHERE and mix it with (practically dead) plants and make a little display that will liven up any space and look “trendy” for a couple of (Australian) dollars. You can find Earthenware in every op-shop here, I went on a recent op-shop trek and found so many pieces just sitting there being ignored. Hand made pottery is so on-trend right now. The problem is you have to pay and arm and a leg for it and personally I cannot justify that or explain to my Hubby that I spent $60 on a pot….for a plant I will kill…..I am pretty certain I know how that conversation will go!
So I gathered a collection of Earthenware pieces that look like they could be pots and fit together well. Some were little cups, sugar jars and I even bought one that I think was meant to be a salt or garlic holder?
I decided to gather a selection of succulents as they are quite “easy” to maintain and keep alive.
You will need to use potting soil made for succulents and cacti plus some little rocks to finish the top off nicely. You can find all of these supplies at your local landscaping supply shop.
Potting succulents is easy, fill the pot up a third with stone for drainage.
Place in your potting mix.
Then your plant.
Fill the top with decorative stone.
Now all you have to do is keep them alive!
How cute do these look now? I still have a few more to show you……
This time I used the sugar jars (I assume that is what they are?) and a little vase. I took some thick twine, wrapped and tied it around them and hung them on a cool rusty hook we have hanging up outside (you do that when you live on a farm!) and you get this cool hanging display!
These three worked for a hanging display as they had that lip on them that the others didn’t have, so the twine could sit in the groove. Are they not super cute hanging up? I cannot decide which ones I like more, which one is your favourite?
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