Thursday, November 6, 2014
New Case Study Bowls from Modernica and a giveaway…
Last January I wrote about receiving and planting up a black Case Study Table Top Cylinder from Modernica (above, with the yellow cactus). I love that planter as much, if not more, than the day it arrived - so imagine my excitement when I got an email from the generous folks at Modernica offering to send me one of their Case Study Table Top Bowls. Yes it was a happy day when I came home from a dog-walk to see this...
I wasted no time in tearing into the box and was thrilled to discover they sent me both the orange and charcoal bowls (Lila doesn’t quite understand what the excitement was all about).
Last time I treated the new planter as an excuse to go plant shopping. This time, with autumn upon us and so many tender plants needing to be brought inside, well, that just seemed like the wrong approach. So instead I went out to the garden and lifted the succulents (sometimes just cutting them out of the soil, because it’s easier that way and they'll regrow roots in no time). Here’s the bounty I came up with…
I think I was heavily influenced by the season because for the orange bowl I selected the dark Echeveria 'Black Prince'. When I cut these I managed to get a bit of stem and roots, so planting them was just a matter of mounding up the soil and sort of working the plant down into it.
I should also mention I drilled a hole in the bottom of each bowl before planting, knowing they’ll end up outside next summer I want them to drain.
Once planted the echeveria take up most of the container, with just a tiny bit of soil exposed.
You know I can’t stand the sight of bare soil in a container so I used a bit of moss (recently purchased at the craft store and I'm obsessed with it...that bright green color!) to cover it up. Normally moss and succulents would not be a great idea together but since they’ll be indoors I can control the moisture level.
For the charcoal bowl I decided to go with a blue/green scheme and chose the Echeveria elegans and Aloe saponaria. Some of the echeveria stems were cut (with no roots) so I was sure to let them callus over before planting, I don't want to invite disease or rot.
The aloes had easily popped right out of the garden soil roots and all, and the leaves are plenty plump due to all the rain we've been getting.
The finished bowls!
I couldn't get decent photos inside (low light) so decided to take them out to the patio for their photo shoot, please ignore the fir tree litter, it's been windy...
I love the bright orange combined with the dark succulent leaves, and the green moss makes the center of the plants pop.
And I somehow managed to fit three plants in there!
The charcoal bowl is equally stuffed.
Up in the title of this post I mentioned a giveway: indeed, you've got a chance to win your own table top bowl from Modernica! Just indicate in the comments below what color you'd like to have them send you; orange, charcoal, or white (you can see them here, and take a look at the rest of the Case Study collection here). You must live within the contiguous U.S. to enter and provide a way for us to get ahold of you (if you aren't commenting with a link to a blog then be sure to share an email address). A random winner will be chosen from all comments received up until 6pm PST this Sunday, November 9th, and announced on Monday's blog post. ***NOTE - the contest is over and the winner was announced here***
One more thing...if you are a fan of mid-century design, you really should follow the Modernica blog. I've been doing so since receiving the first planter and enjoy their frequent posts, especially the "inspire me Monday" series with entries like this. Good luck with the contest!
The fine print - Modernica sent me the bowls (free of charge) with the expectation I would post about them and give one away. Which of course I was happy to do, why wouldn't I? All material © 2009-2014 by Loree Bohl for danger garden. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited and just plain rude.