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Some women are self-proclaimed “cat ladies.” I have become a self-proclaimed “crazy plant lady.” I used to be a complete black thumb. You know, the girl who could kill a plant just by looking at it. Then I discovered that those little tags that are stuck in the dirt with the plants are actually mini-instruction manuals! And now, the house is filled with plants. – living, growing, exotic and unusual houseplants.
I think it started with my air plant fascination. These crazy, almost alien-like plants that can thrive without a pot or soil, require little maintenance and look pretty awesome displayed around the house!
Earlier this year, we found ourselves in the plant section of home improvement stores more and more often. We’ve since brought home bromeliads, cacti and succulents. There’s ivy in the office and my cousin even sent me some Japanese Marimo moss balls because of my wild plant fascination! Now, forget it – you can’t leave me anywhere near sections of stores with succulents and cacti. They’re like Pokemon for me. I’ve got to collect them all!
Here’s my alternative – looking at pretty indoor plant displays in-between the pages of home decorating books. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love the book, Rooted in Design. Rooted in Design is filled with imaginative indoor gardening inspiration and tips. There are some really awesome living walls (the husband objected to an ivy wall even though my argument was that it would make our house look charming like a fairytale cottage) and unique container gardens and terrariums. You’ll even find a few DIY projects inside this book, including macrame plant hangers, terrarium how-to’s and more. I especially like that there’s a plant directory in the back of the book to reference different types of plants and the care needed for each. Overall, it’s just a green feast for the eyes (dare I say “plant porn”)!
After flipping through Rooted in Design, and making updates to our backyard garden, I decided to create a succulent project for our deck. I’ve collected quite a bit of driftwood off the beach. I had a great piece stored in our attic with a natural opening in the center of it, perfect to hold small plants!
– A small piece of driftwood suitable to hold plants
– Green Reindeer Moss
– Small succulents
– Potting soil
1. Tuck reindeer moss into the hole of your driftwood. This will create a soft bottom for your succulents to grow in.
2. Next, gently tuck your succulents into the hole of your driftwood. Make sure they’re snug, but that they have room to grow.
3. Add potting soil around your succulents, as needed.
4. Add another layer of green reindeer moss on top of your soil and around your succulents.
5. Display your new driftwood centerpiece inside or outside (make sure to check the temperature conditions your succulents can adapt to before placing them outside).
The natural beauty of driftwood is not only a great keepsake from the shore, but makes a wonderful alternative to store bought plant containers. Use driftwood to easily display air plants as well. No soil is needed, but the reindeer moss adds a plush touch to the display. Get creative and enjoy your new and unique houseplants!