Monday, July 1, 2013

Monkey see, monkey do…


Clifford, our big-leaf magnolia, has been calling out for a little extra summer lovin...

You see he has the perfect lower branch structure for tucking in of a couple tillandsia, which you’d notice when walking to the patio. I’d tried in the past to make it work but the project needed much larger plants than I had (or was willing to purchase…the big tillandsias are expensive!). I did however pick up some Tillandsia usneoides thinking it might be cool draped over a branch.

And then I saw a post on A Growing Obsession: kokedama for slackers. Denise had taken a couple of bromeliads, some moss, and raffia and created the perfect summer accent! Naturally I had to copy her.

I kept a handlful of moist soil around the roots of the bromeliads, wrapped it with moss and then secured it with with a couple wraps of twine. I didn’t like the way the twine looked (to obvious and bright, the same when I tried rafia) so I finished up using a thin wire which practically disappears.

Hunting for more moss around the garden (this is Oregon after all, there is always moss) to hide the twine I found some with bits of sedum growing in it, I think that takes things up a notch!

Knowing me I'll probably be tucking in more things (tillandsia, another bromeliad, a frog...ha kidding on that last one) all summer long...

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29 comments:

  1. That looks great!!! I´ve been thinking on doing something similar but haven't had time yet! Congratulations, it looks very nice :)

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  2. She's finally run out of room and been forced to go vertical! I love how subtle it is.

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  3. I like it, too. How often do you have to water it? That would be my main concern (and now that you've gotten a little taste of our climate, you know why :-)).

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    1. Honestly I just completed it a week and a half before we left for SF...and it rained right up until the day we left so I hadn't done anything. My friend and plantlust.com partner Patricia seems to have watered it well in my absence.

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  4. Stop teasing me with your Clifford! Just kidding...

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    1. Yours still isn't doing so well?

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  5. That looks great, there is something about broms in trees (and the addition of the sedum adds your own touch).

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  6. Very, very nice! I like the thin florists wire to tie them in. That's what I used on my bromeliad 'tree' next to the pond.

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  7. Superb work there Loree, especially with the cascading tillandsia. The whole thing actually looks well established on the tree too!

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    1. I so wish I could leave it out year round...

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  8. Picasso himself said: "good artists borrow, great artists steal". Consider yourself in good company.

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  9. It looks great! Like Gerhardt, I wonder how often you'll need to water it, but you're out there every day anyway, right!

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    1. Pretty much, and I've got great help to carry me through when I can't be!

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  10. And now this monkey is going to steal your fuel funnel idea...;)

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  11. Love this so much I'm probably going to steal it too.

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  12. AnonymousJuly 01, 2013

    Nice look, and you might ultimately find tucking these in hanging baskets suspended from tree branches is a whole other level of possibilities. With my bromeliads and tillandsias tucked on tree branches and in pots get drip irrigation for a few minutes each day in summer. Adding misters made these take off like gangbusters. Hanging baskets are perfect for pendulous succulents such as Sedum morganianum, Rhipsalis and Graptopetalums. I hope the birds leave your Spanish moss alone, they tear it up for nests in my garden. David in Berkeley

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    1. Thanks! And so far so good with the birds. Our Scrub Jay family seems to think of that tree as their own personal hang out space so if "anyone" is going to bother it they'll probably be to blame.

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  13. sandy lawrenceJuly 02, 2013

    Very nice. You have the touch with arrangements and this one in a tree is a great addition. I had a drip wall comprising one whole side of my small sunken garden when I lived in Mexico and placed orchids in among the rock crevices. The secret is to make the whole thing look very natural, like it's always been there, and you've certainly done that in your tree branches.

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    1. Thank you Sandy! I think the big leaves of the Magnolia help to set the jungle theme...

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  14. Very nicely done. I love the effect and bromeliads are so much fun. I may have to continue the trend. Updates to follow. :)

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