And so I build a second succulent frame. I received a few succulents that are not winter-hardy. I love them because they come in a greater variety of colors than the hardy succulents. And varierty of plant types too. Nearly all of the hardy succulents for my large succulent frame are Hens & Chicks. They'll be nice too, but the variety of colors and structures should make this much smaller frame more interesting. And this one I can bring indoors to enjoy over the winter.
Looking over other succulent frame projects spread around the web, I really like the rough-hewn antique look of other people's frames. So I decided to not spend any money on this one and challenge myself to only use items I had around the house already.
| This is a vegetable, or fruit box, that's been sitting around the garage
for years. |
It doesn't have any great illustrations or typography on it,
but it's a good size for what I have in mind...
|...though it was too deep. I cut it roughly in half.|
|Since it'll be indoors and the box would be potentially leaky, |
I lined it with a past Garden Walk Buffalo map made of plastic corrugated material –
same stuff as the realtor signs you see around.
|I found a musty, dusty, piece of wall trim that was in the house when we moved in – instant patina!|
It got cut down to the size of the box.
|Then the chicken wire gets attached to the newly-made frame.|
|The box itself gets filled with a quick-draining succulent/cactus soil.|
|Next goes a layer of sphagnum moss.|
|Next was attaching the frame to the box and then the fun part, adding the plants.|