Monday, May 16, 2011

Happy Cactus Monday...Succulent BBQ

My girlfriend called me last week and told me that her neighbor was moving. She was going to have a yard sale for her and saw that she had a bunch of potted succulents. Sooooo would I be interested in coming over and taking a look.
Of course I am. Remember, I am the succulent hoarder. So I jumped in the car and within 5 minutes I was at her house. The lady was very neglectful of her plants. They were all root bound in their pots and hadn't been watered in months. I think at one time she must have loved them very much but she is down on her luck and having to move. Her backyard had weeds up to your knees and beyond with trash everywhere. It was sad.
But one treasure I did find was a little BBQ that she had made into a succulent planter. The only thing left alive was an echeveria 'black prince' and a type of sedum I don't have the name of. So I took it home and added new soil, plants and rocks and Yay!

Succulent BBQ

It even has a little rack on the bottom so I can put a potted plant.
I finally got a new camera. I decided on a Olympus E-Pl2. I am having a lot of fun with it and it takes awesome shots. It has a lot of fun features also like different filters. The shot above was taken with the Pop art filter.

No Grillin Allowed

I planted quite a few succulents together. So hopefully they will do well together! I kept the Echeveria black prince in the middle and the unidentified sedum to the upper right hand corner. But I added (starting in front middle and going clockwise) sempervivum, Adromischus cristatus 'Key Lime Pie', Graptoveria 'Opalina', Ripple Jade Crassula, Crassula platyphylla 'burgundy', Aloe variegata 'Partridge Breast', Kalanchoe millotii, Crassula Clavata and Haworthia Scabra.

We had a really freaky lightening and thunder storm yesterday. And then it hailed like crazy. I went outside and checked out my succulents today and a lot of them have damage. Not too bad but weird spots and dents all over them. They will come back.

Hope everyone has a great week! Happy Cactus Monday!

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Teri C said...

Very clever and resourceful of you. What a grand idea.
In answer to your question, my membership in Mr Linky is our and since there are so few playing CM anymore I just let it lapse. I will still be celebrating CM and will find anyone still playing.

I hope you had a great Monday.


Mandy said...

How fun! Of course you had to jump at the chance for succulents from a sale, I would have been there right with you! That is a neat idea using the grill as a planter too!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thanks Teri, I didn't know you had to have a membership! But I know what you mean. Not very many participating and I keep forgetting!

Thanks Mandy, would you believe I paid $5.00 for this BBQ. I gave her $10.00 because I felt bad for her. I wish you could have been here too!

Stephanie said...

So pretty! Now I feel like bringing out my bbq to do the same. I love those brightly coloured glass pebbles also. Makes the plain gravels more interesting. Oh Candy, you are so creative!!

Joyful said...

The colours are so vibrant and the little succulents look so healthy.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you all so much! Stephanie I like the pebbles to. After a year or so the color comes off darn it.

Julie said...

What a cute idea for a planter!!! Your choice of sux for this project are all great...mixed up colors too...lookin so good!!! Good enough to eat! :)

Diane AZ said...

Oh, I absolutely adore your "new" succulent BBQ planter! It looks so cheerful the way you fixed it up with little plants and pebbles.

Rohrerbot said...

You sure have an eye for art!!! That is so beautiful. If that's hoarding, then I want in! Amazing mix of plants. Nice work and sweet find!

romance-of-roses said...

Hi Candy,
Would you believe I was thinking of you today...we went to this store that has a huge garage sale once a year and many folks go to sell anything they want. Well guess what it was succulent heaven! Bought quite a few for myself and my son. BTW love the new planter you made and of course all the succulents.
Hugs and rainbows...Lu

Matt and Bobbie said...

I love this!! I'm glad you could save at least a couple of the neglected plants. Such a creative and fun use of a BBQ! It makes me want to explore alternative planting containers.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thanks Julie, I really tried to mix things up!

And Diane thank you so much I really like playing with different ground cover medium.

Wow Rohrerbot that is a great compliment. And of course you can join the hoarder club! LOL

Hahaha Lu that is so great! I bet you found some beauties. I am going to check and see if you posted pictures! OXOX

Thanks matt and Bobbie! I checked out your post and love the succulents. You can plant succulents in just about anything. Look at old chairs, watering cans, old bird baths, stoves etc. The ideas are endless!

Charmcitybalconygarden said...

Hello Candy,
The succulents are so beautiful. I'm so jealous. I love succulents, but tend to kill them. I think I get a little too eager and over-water them.

Thanks for your comment on my blog!

Evelyn said...

Candy, that's a great find. You made it look so beautiful.

Sorry about the succulents being damaged.