Thursday, February 3, 2011
Succulents have helped keep me sane during the winter months…
Yesterday I mentioned that I hadn’t succumbed to the winter blues this year, and attributed it to the fact I’d been home during the days and more in touch with the garden. But actually I think some of the credit goes to the fact I’ve been on a bit of a succulent bender. It started innocently enough with the above container planted for the holidays, but then things took on a life of their own. It was inevitable really; after all it’s an opportunity to combine two of my passions…plants and vintage pottery. The Tillandsias work in with the look and are mood boosters too. And it’s not an expensive addiction. If you have large succulents you can take cuttings, or you can buy these little succulents for under $2, wait until you’ve put together a good little mix and then plant up another container. And another. It’s gardening in miniature, a theme in Flora Grubb's presentation to the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon last Sunday. I highly recommend this winter escapist gardening activity! Don’t have a pottery collection? Use cans and jars that you would otherwise have thrown away. Use wooden boxes, a mug, a chipped cereal bowl. Just consider yourself warned, it can become an addiction.