Monday, May 18, 2009

{succulents love}

I "heart" succulents!
When I bought my first home many moons ago, before Kevin and I were married, the previous owner left behind a pot of "hen & biddies."
I discovered that they live no matter how much or how little TLC they are given.
Those little boogers can adapt to most any condition or soil!

Last February, my mom and I attended a local garden show, and I mentioned how much I loved succulents, but didn't buy any that day. She later surprised me with some for my birthday, but they needed repotting.

I initially replanted them in the pot below...

But as the impatiens beside them grew and flourished, they began to look lost and small in their own pot.
On a side note, since this is a MET Post...
I am in the process of painting all my pots black, with Krylon Fusion Spray Paint, made especially for PLASTIC. Great spray paint, and the cohesion of pots is a vast improvement itself. ~~~
I recently found the USA vintage Pottery piece at a yard sale for $1.00.
My Grandma M. had several of these planters, and I have always held a fondness for them.The planter was perfect for the succulents, more appropriate in size.
To replace them in the black pot, I purchased fuchsia double-bloom impatiens.

Below, impatiens planted....


And the succulents have a new home as well....

For more great Metamorphosis Projects,
Please visit Susan, at Between Naps on the Porch.
I am also linking up to Rhoda's Monday Post, at Southern Hospitality, featuring
Second-hand Treasures.
Go over and visit her for more thrifty bargains and their use.

She is hosting an event on May 28th, that I think will be very interesting....

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
Ours was very WET, with no end to the rain in the near future.

...Send a BOAT! :) ~Rhonda

28 comments:

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

We had a wet weekend too...and it is chilly here this morning.

Your flower pots look wonderful! I haven't grown succulents before...I may have to give them a try!

Darlene said...

It sounds like you now have all the rain we had been having. I was sure we were going to have to build an ark!!! We have about 6 days of sunny, beautiful weather coming up...YAY!

I LOVE your succulents. I have never had any but about 2 months ago bought 3 of them from Lowe's. They are doing GREAT, getting big and I think they are now my favorite thing!!!!! I already need to re-pot them!

Vee said...

So many parties on Mondays these days! Now if you could just gather it all up into a mosaic, you could join another. ;D

I enjoy succulents, too, and have a small grouping in a backyard garden. However, they don't seem to be as hale and hearty as I'd like so must be doing something wrong.

Susan said...

Impatiens are my favorite annual and I always plant them in my flower bed along the side walk to the front door.

Yesterday was out first dry, sunny day after 22 days of rain. Boy, we are ready for some sunshine and I know our plants, both garden and flowers, are, too!!!
Susan

The Bloom Girls said...

Your impatiens look so beautiful. I've never had succulents, my mother has.

We've also had rain almost daily and it has made everything so beautiful and greeen! I love it.

Have a wonderful week.
Nola

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Rhonda, love your planter & I too have some hens & chicks. FOund a whole pot of them last year at a yardsale for $3 & they are doing great in an outdoor pot. I want to bring more of those little things inside too.

Glad you are gonna play along in the burlap party. I think it will be fun!

~~Carol~~ said...

I love that pottery planter! I can't pass up any pottery! Yes, the hens & chicks are the best....until the squirrels dig them all up!

Amelia said...

Loved your plants..the impatiens are so colorful...be careful and don't do as I did in overwatering the succulents....I watered mine each time I watered the other plants and they rotted...so bought some more last year at Lowes...they get watered when it rains and that is it.

Have a great week!

onlymehere said...

I love how much you know about spray painting things! You make things look so new and fresh. I noticed a yellow vehicle in the background of one of the pictures. After your last post with a yellow car in it I got to wondering if you just have a fondness for yellow, LOL! Have a great day and I hope you see the sunshine soon.

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE updating gardens with pots!

Beverly said...

I have always wanted a hens and chicks plant. I don't know why I've never purchased one. I need to add that to my "to do" list.

Your plants and pots look great.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great buy on the pottery pot. Where I lived many years ago, I had hens and chicks, and they grew and multiplied like crazy, Moved here, and the one I brought died in less than a year. My daughter gave me some and they last a couple of years. My courtyard is mostly shaded except in the morning, so I 'm thinking they don't get enough sun. I bought another pot of them this Spring, and have been moving them around to where ever the sun is and they are growing like crazy. I just need to always move them about mid day.
Glenda

Melissa Miller said...

~Beautifully done Rhonda!
Love the vibrant colors.

This weather is silly right now isn't it. It's chilly today for sure. My poor flowers... :(

Have a wonderful week my friend.
~Melissa :)

nikkicrumpet said...

Perfect....they look so happy in their new home!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Very nice!

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

The succulents look much happier in the smaller pot. Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment.

susan said...

Thanks for visiting. Hallelujah! We have sunshine today. Makes me have a whole new outlook on life! I love your double impatiens. Have never planted succulents--hope you'll show us as they grow.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

I love the darling pot you put the succulents in...they look right at home in their new place. :-) I've got to remember the Krylon Fusion paint...I may have a few pots around here that could use a coat. I have some huge ones that are that styrofoam kind of stuff made to supposedly look like clay pots but don't look very clay pot like at all. Maybe some black paint is just what they need! :-) Happy Birthday, late...hope it was a good one! Susan

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Love the new pot. I also love succulents. My mom has a huge pot of hens and biddies. I like planting these in old boots, etc. And you are right - no green thumb required!!!

Thanks for sharing...Blessings, Barb
ps - let me know if/when you are passing thru Jacksonville on the way to Washington. Lunch is on me! :-)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

That pottery planter is so great! Your pots look so good painted black and the impatients are so pretty in them. laurie

Bo said...

Hi Rhonda...It's great to be back & thank you for your sweet comments on my blog...I thought years ago I'd try some cacti...
surely I wouldn't kill them...but I did...I really like the succulents you've shown...maybe I'll try them... ;-) Bo

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I loved seeing your pots and plants, Rhonda. Glad the succlents foudn a new home. They can be tempermental sometimes. Your impatiens look like they are happy campers, and I hope the succlents will soon be the same! :-)

You have me beat... plants see me coming and hide! LOL!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Kitty Scraps said...

Good Morning Miz Rhonda,
I know what you mean about spraying painting those pots for a more cohesive look because I just spray painted a cruddy old foam pot from Family Dollar and although the paint didn't cover the exposed foam parts very well it sure looks better than it did before. I didn't use the fancy paint you used, I just used the cheapo WM stuff but it helped me to salvage that pot for another year's worth of use *smiles*

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

No rain for days and days here :0(. Wish we'd get a good down pour but not until after this weekend. I've a big 80th surprise bday bash happening for my Papa.
You're so right about succulents "living". I've a "tan" thumb, not quite brown, not quite green and succulents "live" for me too :0)
I hope your day is a great one!

Monogram Queen said...

I hope you have a fabby week-end and I can't wait to get to work on the new yard in our new house! The hubs loves to do flowers/plants so i'm very lucky! Yours are gorgeous!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Looks so pretty!!! Love the vintage flower pot. It's a good weekend to plant and enjoy the weather and get together with family/friends.
Have a great long weekend!
Warmly,
Deb :0

Joy said...

i love your pottery pieces and the flowers look great!

Charli and me said...

Your flowers look so beautiful! It's so nice now to go to blogs and see all of the pretty flowers instead of snow. Your tree looks lovely too. I also like your pots. I hope you have a wonderful memorial Day weekend ♥