Well, lo and behold, it’s been seven months and I haven’t killed them. Aren’t ya’ll proud of me?! I’m celebrating my achievement with yet another succulent arrangement. This time around, I’m making one for the coming-together, soon-to-be-done covered patio.
A few months ago, I found this aqua decorative bowl at Target (in the home section). The second I saw it, it screamed “succulents!”. No, really. It did. Being the last one on the shelf, I quickly snatched it up. I’ve been holding onto it ever since, and now that the covered patio project is near its end, it’s high time to fill her up.
Sunday afternoon, Greg and I took a trip to the hardware store – for the fourth time that weekend, I might add. While Greg was over in the plumbing section to get something for the patio, I was in the garden section picking out some succulents for my prized decorative bowl find. I picked out four large (ish) succulents and four sets of “mini” succulents for filler. I also bought a bag of potting soil specifically for cactus plants and succulents.
I originally planned on putting the succulent dish together outside – the less mess the better – but Greg was getting ready to sand and re-stain the top of our SemiDIY outdoor console table. (Back when we built that ridiculously large Christmas TV, I spilled some paint on the top, and we’re just now getting around to repairing the damage.) Since the outdoor work table was being used, I mentioned to Greg that I was going to head inside to put it together. Before I got a chance to lay everything out, I ran into the laundry room to switch the clothes over and came back to the dining room looking like this…
Isn’t that sweet? I particularly pointed out the vast amounts of paper towels he used to lay out my “succulent potting station”. Apparently, he thought I was going to make a mess or something.
As you can see from the above Instagram photo, I did indeed make a mess. A big one. Believe it or not, I didn’t get any dirt on a non-paper toweled surface – thanks to the roll Greg used to cover everything in sight.
Before the dirt started flying, I put the succulents in the bowl in their original containers to kind of get an idea of where I wanted things to go. I started out with about an inch of potting soil on the bottom of the bowl and started placing the succulents in one by one.
I don’t have many “progress photos” because a) it’s pretty self-explanatory – you just play around with the placement until it looks right and b) my hands were covered in dirt and Greg was outside working on the table. Dirty hands and cameras/phones just don’t go well together.
One thing I learned during my last experience with potting succulents is that it’s really important to pack down the soil. I read in Martha Stewart Living that it’s important to do this to prevent air pockets forming in the soil – which isn’t good for plants. For a more scientific reason, you can check out this video.
After I was all finished, I took my new succulent garden out to it’s new home on the coffee table in the covered patio. I love bringing some green into the space by way of real green (as opposed to plastic green). It softens things up and makes everything even more cozy.
You’d think two succulent arrangements for our house would be enough, but who am I kidding? Next up, a succulent arrangement for my office! Just kidding. Or maybe not ; )