Monday, May 26, 2014

My Awesome Mother's Day Gift

So for Mother's Day my husband gave me the coolest gift ever!  I have been ding donging him for a long time to give me some lawn to plant succulents.  So when I came downstairs to start my day I was surprised when grass fell out of my Mother's Day card.   I didn't really get it....duh until I went on Facebook and saw a pic of the side lawn.  It said Mother's Day gift to Candice!

What a wonderful card and some of the grass!  LOL

So this is the area.  We have stopped watering and in this heat it won't take long for lots of the grass to die.  Our line is kind of from the pole to the fence.  I already have a planter at the fence but now that I look at it.  Geez, what the heck!  It's a huge area.  My mind is a whirl as to what to do.  It is a REALLY hot spot.  I will definitely plant a Palo Verde tree.  I got this idea from my friend Gerhard Bock.  Gerhard writes Succulents and More.  He has planted a couple and they look perfect for a rock garden.

Got this great book by Pam Penick a year or so ago.  If you are thinking of removing some lawn this would be your go to book.  You can order it here!

Driveway view

Here is a view of my chunk of real estate from the driveway.  I am thinking lots of rocks and of course succulents.  Probably agave's and such.  I have a couple that are in other planters and need more room.  So I will transplant them.  Then some barrel cactus.  Want to plant some lavender and some other flowering plants to attract bees.

Succulent planter

This is the planter at the fence end of the grass.  The only reason I can plant some of the softer succulents here is because of that huge bush that belongs to the neighbors.  If it ever goes I will have to plant a tree or change this up.  Sorry about the blown out photo on the right.  It can be hard to photograph this area.

Echeveria 'Mahogany'

I love this Echeveria 'Mohogany' that I have planted.  I only planted one and it multiplied!  I love that about succulents.

Echeveria 'Coral Glow'

Echeveria 'Coral Glow' is sending out this amazing flower stalks right now!

So I will be going down to the Succulent Celebration on the 6-7 of June in Escondido, CA.  I hope to pick up a couple plants to go in this area.  I will be gone for about a week and hopefully we will be able to start this project when I get home!  Woohoo, so excited!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend everyone and remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More) said...

Nothing better than a blank slate! A palo verde tree would be a perfect anchor plant. Lots of large agages, yuccas, dasylirions, surrounded by smaller echeverias, etc. etc. And rocks! Man, I'm so excited, and it's not even my front yard, LOL.

Laura Balaoro said...

I am so excited. Can't wait to see the during and after.

Julie said...

i cant see your top 3 photos for some reason on the IPAD. will get to desktop and check it out. Beautiful that you got yourself some new planting area!!!! sweet husband!!!!!

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thanks all! May have to find some Echeveria 'cante' to add here. The rest will probably fry unless I have shade. I'm excited too Gerhard!

Debbie Wright-Ainsworth said...

I have been wanting to do this, great for inspiration!!

Spiky Obsession said...

Always good to have new planting space. Looking forward to seeing what you decide to do.

Mark and Gaz said...

Planting space, now that's a great gift!

michaele said...

How awesome that you husband gave you such a perfect gift. It will be a gift that continues to give as you experience the please of thinking about what to plant, doing the planting, and seeing your selections settle in and thrive.

Mary Merrell said...

I loved seeing someone else getting rid of their lawn. Our grass(mostly crabgrass) is finally dead. We're replanting the aloe and an agave I brought home. Look forward to see what you do with your space.
Mary E. Merrell

Pam/Digging said...

Oh, you are going to have SO much fun planting that up! Your husband is clever and sweet -- I love the grass in the card idea. And YOU are so kind to share my book with your readers! I really appreciate that and can't wait to see how your new garden evolves.