Thursday, March 19, 2015

Funky Succulent Planters: Mini Ceramic People from Dollar Tree


A few months ago I decided to create another website, I named it The Succulent Artist. Ideally, I want it to become the place where I share most of my gardening images and projects, especially those that pertain to succulents and cacti, but I still want to post a few here on Inspire Bohemia from time to time as well. In addition to becoming my gardening platform, I intend for it to grow into a business dealing with garden decor and succulent planters. More thoughts on that coming up, in the meantime I want to share a succulent planter project with you that I posted on The Succulent Artist. 

I was in line at the Dollar Tree, inevitably browsing those stands right by the checkout designed to encourage last minute impulse buys, and well, what can I say… AWESOME impulse buy! Adorable little white ceramic glazed people planters, perfect candidate for funky unique succulent planters. If I hadn't done that last double take I might not have noticed them, after all they come in a pretty cheesy little box:

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There's a little sack of "Perennial Ryegrass" seeds that comes inside the hole in the ceramic figurine head. You're supposed to water it so it will grow.  I wasn't planning on finding out for myself if it worked or not because naturally my mind was fixated on filling them with succulents.  But, when my aunt saw them she fell in love, so she bought her own and tried to grow the included grass - it didn't work. That's where the succulents came in, too sweet to resist am I right?

The space in the figurine goes pretty deep throughout the body, unfortunately there is no drainage hole. However, if you keep these guys in a bright spot - under cover so they don't get rain-drenched - and water them sparingly, they should last a few months. That is, after a few months I foresee some of the small succulent cuttings outgrowing this small planter and becoming too bulky. Although, I have found that when I plant certain succulents in small containers it stunts their growth a little and they stay small for a long time. Filling these guys isn't difficult at all, just pack them good with some cactus soil and then go to town arranging your small cuttings in a way that looks good to you. I am giving mine time for the roots to grow and establish themselves a bit before I give them a little bit of water. If I see any of the plants shriveling or drying out, that's my sign that they need some water - only a few drops to moisten the soil at the top. Don't drench them, but make sure to water every few days after established so they don't dry out.

There are four different designs:

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Let's call them Mr. Oh Happy Day, The Daydreamer, Thinking Man, and The Sunbather:

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What personality huh? I really enjoyed photographing them...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Murals of Miami's Wynwood Art District



Miami's Wynwood Art District is home to one of the world's largest outdoor artwork collections. The ones you see here are just the tip of the iceberg, and I'm not exaggerating - there are many many more. I'd like to take a bike ride through the neighborhood one of these days so I can see more of them, new ones pop up all the time.  Here are few of the ones I spotted while attending Art Basel:



Large and striking, this guy reminds me of Robert De Niro or Al Pacino.


Oh you know I LOVE this one!  Dude with a cactus head = win.



If you're lucky, you might pass through when the murals are being painted!  There was a lot of that going on during Art Basel, we happened upon this artist while walking the streets….



I love these photos, particularly the shadow of the stop sign and the colors.