Sunday, October 26, 2014

Jack gets a new look...

How to make Succulent Stuffed Pumpkins

To carve or cut your gourds and pumpkins use a dermal and kitchen knife. 
This can be quite messy so be sure to a nice big workspace. Use caution as some of the gourds or pumpkins might be styrofoam. Children and pets should be kept clear of your work area. 
Once you have all your pumpkins cut (don't forget to drill drainage holes in the bottom) add stones for drainage. 

Next you will need to add top grade potting soil to the lip of the pumpkins. 
Start adding your succulents. Arrange them in a way that is pleasing to you. Add as many varieties as you like. 
Add accents like kiwi vine, branches, twig, wheat, and mosses to enhance your pumpkins. 

Make cute little price banners with Halloween straws and washi tape. 

Good luck and have fun!

This is what happens when you strike California Gold

For a month I've been staring at these beautiful golden yellow flowers. The tree is called The Gold Medallion Tree (Cassis leptophylla)
It's drought tolerant and can handle a stressful environment. Interestingly enough this tree is in the pea family (Fabaceae)
I'm so excited to see the next season of the Medallion tree. It will display foot long, dark brown seedpods containing many small flat seeds after flowering. 

I've paired the Gold Medallion flower with white garden roses cut fresh from the backyard. This darling weathered wood box was acquired by a dear friend many many years ago. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

If I Only Had a Brain

Succulent plants are by far one of the most unusual and interesting plants on the planet. They certainly look like prehistoric fossils.  I'm especially intrigued by their adaptation to the environment. They water-saving traits from remaining plump even in high temperature areas, their impervious outer cuticle, and the shape of most succulents create a humid micro-habitat around the plant, which reduces air movement near the surface of the plant, and thereby reduces water loss and creates shade. What? Unbelievably amazing! So I decided to use these wonderful little morsels as part of my ominous botanical collection. These devilish fellows are shot glass size and very easy to care for if you dare. 
Located in Oceanside, CA (North San Diego)
6.00 each