On the hunt for a fun (girly) DIY project for Jen’s sleepover (aka Penni and Hugh), we came up with these succulent gardens found on Pinterest. Jen supplied the succulents (cuttings from her own collection), air plants and tiny coloured crystals and I pitched in with the driftwood (from our creek), soil (from the yard) and Seasol solution.
We started with a collection of plants Jen had picked up from a nursery in West End, Brisbane.
To give us the most bang for our money we carefully split the succulents up, essentially creating more plants.
Then we set off to find ourselves some wood. I spotted this! And you can guess what happens next…
Jen found a nice round piece of log already fallen. The boys however needed to split it in half for us.
This is what we came up with.
My piece didn’t have too many natural holes/garden beds so we needed to create some with a drill and spade bit.
The rearranging began with the Air Plants first. These are seriously the coolest thing I’ve seen. If you’re new to air plants (like me) they’re generally strap-shape or slender triangle-shape leaves, and most have attractive tubular or funnel-shape flowers. Basically these lil plants gain all of the water and nutrients they need through their specialized leaves.
Air plants use their roots only for attaching themselves to rocks, trees, shrubs, and the ground. Native to the southern United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America, air plants are warm-weather lovers that can thrive on neglect. (Yes, that sounds like my type of feature plant!)
How to grow Air Plants:
- Constant air circulation.
- Some moisture, such as in the form of a spray bottle.
- Fertilize monthly.
- Although they love warm weather, most air plants need protection from full sun.
- Don’t let an air plant sit somewhere that’s too cold.
Sounds simple enough huh?
Here’s Jen’s masterpiece which is going to live outside on her garden table.
This is my log, which now lives on the outdoor table setting.
I’m looking forward to the left side (featured below) growing a little and spilling over the side of the freshly cut timber which should start to age soon.
And before we opened a bottle of wine for our efforts, we made sure they were nicely fertilized.
The total project cost was around $20 AUD each.
Have you been inspired to give one a go this week?