Thursday, January 9, 2014

Succulent obsessed, another frame made

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.

4 comments:

  1. Happy New Year. Excellent project for this time of year. Noticed that the local nurseries often carry succulents as an enticement to the garden-starved. Nice to know you've got new plant friends who can enjoy the seasons with you both inside and out. Did you have any ice damage?

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    1. No ice damage here. In the city of Buffalo the Blizzard of '14 was kind of a non-event, though schools were closed and there was 6-8" of light, dry snow. South of Buffalo though – they got SLAMMED!

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  2. Now we know what gardeners do in the winter....

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  3. I really like this idea and it is really great.Keep up the great work and just keep making it look better.

    kitchenware & fruit bowl

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