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I have a pot of reddish hens and chicks I really love. They’re in a metal pot (with holes drilled) that was one of the centerpieces with potted flowers at my wedding. I have to separate it out every year because as hens and chicks do, they multiply.

I’ve wanted to make a succulent wreath for a while, so I got the supplies today and just made one in about 45 minutes! (And it wasn’t very messy – I did it still wearing my white shirt from work!)

What you need:
-a few kinds of succulents. I used hens and chicks and 2 types of sedum.
-a wire wreath frame (pictured below). Should be available at your local arts and crafts store.
-sphagnum moss or something similar
-potting soil
-twine or thin wire
-landscaping or floral U pins

Here are the steps. I found this in various versions on various other blogs, but here’s what I did (and I got carried away and forgot to take pics of all the steps. Oops!):
Step 1 – Lay out wreath form. You probably want to do this over a bucket of soil.
step 1

Step 2 – Roughly stuff in sphagnum moss.
Step 3 – Roughly jam in some potting soil over top of that.
Step 4 – Jam in some succulents. Push the roots into the potting soil and moss as much as you can, but don’t worry if they’re a bit floppy.
Step 5 – Tie twine/wire around areas to tighten things up. Be sure to get any big areas of moss, and you may need to go around roots or bottom leaves to tie down plants. You can also use floral pins or lanscaping pins for ones that need more support. You can leave it visible or cut the lengths off later.

step 5
step 6B Step 6 – Add more moss to cover up open areas of soil so they don’t wash away. Tie down again with more twine. TADAA!
step 6

Step 7 – Water and lay flat for a couple weeks so roots get settled in, then hang it wherever you like! Just make sure to water it occasionally (you could also leave it flat and use it as a table centerpiece or to surround an umbrella pole or something). Mine will probably go on the side of the deck. Depending on your climate, it may or may not make it through the winter. I will probably put mine in the cold frame we are planning on making out of one of the raised beds for the winter so hopefully I can have it next year as well!
Step 7

I am going to be getting some bright green hens and chicks from my mom that I will probably add in as well. And Aunt Deb – I potted up some of the RED hens and chicks for you and they’ll be traveling down with Mary’s baby shower gift with Gene and Rhonda! 🙂

[EDIT: Added some green hens and chicks donated by my mom. Love it! Hope they root wel and I can hang it up in a few weeks!]
with green

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The raised beds are ready, but still waiting for the 50/50 topsoil compost mix (hopefully it is being delivered as you read this, as long as the rain has held off). When marking things out for the raised beds, hubby bought some packs of those cheap stakes. Now that he’s done with them, I decided to use the for a *PROJECT!* while the seedlings were out for some sun last weekend.

Last year I used one of those omnipresent “40% Off One Regular Price Item” coupons from Michael’s Arts & Crafts to get a woodburning/leather etching/etc tool (just like this one, I think) for about $10. I hadn’t really used it for anything, but I broke it out and made some (I think) super cute garden markers.

stake markers

It’s kind of hard to write with the thing (I did a light trace, then went back and burnt in better), which I don’t think was helped by the fact that the cheap wood was very uneven (it’s harder to burn in without it being spotty) so the lettering looks a little special. But I’m happy with how they turned out. Of course because I’m crazy like that, I’ll still have to have smaller markers that note exactly what *kind* of tomato, cucumber, or whatever each plant is, but these will mark off the general area for a kind of plant, and I think they’re cute. What do you think?

garden markers

Screen shot 2009-10-05 at 8.03.59 PMThis weekend I finally took out a stepping stone kit I bought last summer. I bought 2 of them using the weekly 40% off coupons from Michael’s, and also got anothet box of just the cement mix (I have a lot of random mosaic pieces, so I didn’t need all that stuff). One of the kits I did last year, and the other had these fun letter presses (and I also got letters in another font, but I haven’t used that yet. I love these!

Pics of all of them are below. The one from the actual full kit is the “Watters est 5-5-06” one. The others were from the supplemental box of mix (the mix is really just portland cement, which you can get at Lowe’s, but you have to buy it in GIANT bags which you have to both store and carry out of the store, so I’ll stick to the small ones). I combined the glass from the kit and other glass and jewels I had (Michael’s and dollar store) for all of them. For the smaller ones, I used various containers – the rectangles are the bottoms of the containers some of the mosaic pieces came in and the round ones are the plastic pot drainer things (do they have a name?). One of them actually has cool little feet because the drainer thing – might have to try and think of some cool way to utilize that if I make more of these.

So anyway – enjoy the pics! Some are repeats because I took pics before they were totally dry and then rearranged them. What do you think? And a question – do you think I can leave these out all winter, or should I bring them in because water might freeze in the letters and crack them? Also on the smaller ones, some are slightly brittle (too little water) and some the letters didn’t work well on (too much water). I don’t want any of them to break, but I’d like to have them out over the winter if I can…

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Going to put these in the garden by the shells that I have from the beach.

Going to put these in the garden by the shells that I have from the beach.

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I finally put together my pumpkin man, too - love this guy!

I finally put together my pumpkin man, too - love this guy!

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