Thursday, August 18, 2011

Succulent Bird Bath

How is everyone doing? I am finally almost over my month long bout of bronchitis and ready to hit the ground running! Right! At least I can work in the garden again. Yeah!

So a couple of months ago I while I was potting a bunch of succulents I had, I wanted to design something different. I had a bird bath that used to be a fountain until it broke I wanted to do something with. It is made of a grey plastic resin that looks like cement but is really light. They make a lot of pots out of this kind of stuff now days. So the top of the bird bath actually screws off of the base. So when it is time to go to the garage for hibernation it will be easy.


Succulent birdbath just planted

This is how it looked when I first planted it in June. The hanging plants were already growing in another pot. But it was too shallow and the dirt was old. They needed to be re-potted. So this is what it looks like now.


Succulent bird bath in August!

It really filled out in a short period of time. I was so excited about it that I planted another one. My sister gave me hers. The fountain stopped working too. I planted the other one with different succulents and because of it's location it did not do very well. So I have since planted it with cactus. It is in a much sunnier spot than this one. If it keeps doing well I will post a shot of it!


Succulent Bird Bath in August

I love this planting! I put some redish rocks around the edge to help hold in the dirt and to also give it a finished look. Yes those are tiny little abalone shells in there too. I like to add shells to my pots. So let me tell you the names (the ones I know of) of the plants. Top right is an Echeveria subridgida. Back left is Echeveria melaco. In the middle is Echeveria Shaviana 'Pinky'. I love the frilly edges on the leaves of that one. The hanging plant on the left side is Graptodesum alpenglow. Aporocactus flagelliformis is the cactus blooming on the right. It has beautiful little red flowers.  Also the hanging sedum in the front doesn't have a name I know of either. The little yellow sedum that filled in is so pretty is Sedum japonicum 'Tokyo Sun'.  It is really thick but only grows about 2" tall. 

There are no holes in this bird bath of course so I added a layer of gravel under the dirt. About 1" because I wanted as much dirt as possible. I am careful not to over water it. It would be too difficult to pour the water out. So far so good. I just stick my finger in the dirt to see how moist it is and that tells me if it needs watering. Very scientific isn't it! LOL

Ok that's it. Lots more to come. I will be visiting your blogs soon and hope everyone is having a great summer.

It's Another Beautiful Day!

13 comments:

Joyful said...

I'm sorry to hear you've been so sick. I hope you are back to normal very soon. I love what you did with the bird bath. It looks so nice and colourful.

Cindy said...

So pretty! I have an old concrete bird bath that's cracked and no longer holds water. I have thought about doing something like this for a while.

Gerhard Bock said...

What a great idea! We have a small terracotta bird bath that's not being used anymore, and you've inspired me to put succulents in there. A great project for next weekend.

Gerhard
:: Bamboo and More ::

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you so much you guys! I hope you post your creations Cindy and Gerhard. The water in mine kept evaporating so fast anyway the birds didn't have a chance to bath! LOL

Matt and Bobbie said...

Love this. Great way to re-use. I love the Aporocactus, they look like little snakes or worms slithering around! You did a nice job mixing colors and textures. Good to hear you're getting over being sick!

Rohrerbot said...

I'm glad you're feeling better. I love what you've done with the fountain. You have an eye for design.

Evelyn said...

Candy, Wow, just 2 months and it filled out. It's a nice pot.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thanks everyone for the great compliments!

Julie said...

How did I miss this post, Candy? Oh yeah...that was the day of daughters surgery!!! Your birdbath sux are just gorgeous!!! Love all the colors in there too.

Sueli said...

I hope that you are feeling better now, your pots are very beautiful!

Sunwriter7 said...

How nice to find a kindred spirit, Candy! I love your arrangements, and it's obvious the plants love you. I wish I could help with the name of that sedum. I checked Ray Stephenson's book on sedums, and nothing look quite like it. I'll let you know if/when I run across a labeled plant.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...
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Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Wow thank you Debra. At first I didn't know it was you. Aren't succulent people the best?!