by germinatrix | September 29th, 2011
I love love love my hanging ceramic circle planters from POTTED!
I’ve been feeling the intense desire to do a hanging garden these days – and this is my tiny beginning.
Notice the “light chimes” (also from POTTED) that dangle like earrings near the pots. These are my FAVORITE things – they activate the light in a twilight garden. As the sun is setting, the mirrors glint and glimmer and throw little circles of light against the walls, the patios, the chairs, your guests – and turn an ordinary evening into a magical event. And when the sun sets, the little Tinkerbell lights leave as quickly as they came. I will DEFINITELY incorporate light chimes into my fantasy hanging garden!
And there is no way I could have a hanging garden without incorporating Hanging Succulent Balls (which one should actually call Hanging Succulent SPHERES, especially when googling the phrase, or else you may get an eyeful of something else entirely. Ahem) These are so super beautiful, whimsical, and easy to care for in my Southern California garden. The ones pictured below are from DIG, a fantastic nursery in the Bay Area, but those of us who live in the LA area can get them from California Cactus Center. Or you can make them yourself! All you need is the frame (or you can cheat my wiring the bottoms of two hanging baskets together), succulent cuttings (echeveria and aeoniums work the best to keep the tight, round look intact while growing), cactus mix (for the cuttings to take root in), and sphagnum moss (to line the sphere and keep the cactus mix from falling out). After you get the sphere, the soil, and the moss together, just poke in the cuttings – you can bend some florist wire into large “hairpins” to keep the cuttings in place while they root. Then water, and hang! GORGEOUS!!!! (follow this link to DIG – you can buy a frame and you’ll find specific directions on planting a sphere)
There are SO many other things to add to the Hanging Garden! Staghorn Ferns, Tillandsias, Spanish Moss (I’m going to try with the moss even though it is pretty near impossible to keep this stuff going in a dry garden – I am nothing if not a risk taker!) This is JUST the beginning!
Thank you POTTED, for having exactly what I need to get me started, and the inspiration to keep me going!!!
*And just for the record, I purchased everything because I support my friends who have small businesses! This ain’t no punk operation I’m running here!!!
XOXO Your Germinatrix!