Saturday, April 25, 2015

Buddha Head Succulent Planter


I'm always on the lookout for cool new planters for my garden, especially funky unique vessels that aren't necessarily meant to be planters. When I'm out and about in the stores, my terminator vision scans the shelves in search of potential planters, anything I can stuff plants in, even better if it looks like something that's strong enough to drill a hole in without breaking. And then, once in a blue moon I find something really spectacular, something that makes me gasp and dive across the aisle while looking around to make sure nobody else spotted it before me. 

In this case, it was a few years ago that I found a ceramic potpourri sachet in the form of a turtle. The turtle's back was full of holes which allow the scent of the potpourri inside to radiate out. These interesting little creations are meant for home decor and fragrance, but in my eyes they are totally meant to be succulent planters. The best part? It had a hole in the bottom, oh and it only cost me $4.99! So I snatched it up with a quickness and went home to get to work like a mad scientist, determined to bring an oddball idea to fruition... And it worked out exactly as I expected. 

Ever since I created that first succulent planter from a little ceramic potpourri sachet, I was hooked. Nowadays, I always keep an eye peeled for more when I'm browsing the stores. Luckily, I've been able to find several, including an owl, a different turtle, a frog, a snail, a blowfish, a bird, and an elephant. I will be back with posts on the other designs, as I go filling them...

Anyway, for Christmas, my wonderful mother gave me the best one yet: a Buddha head! My eyes sparkled when I opened that gift, I could already imagine the spectacular planter that it would make. And guess what? I was so right….



Behold!





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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