Saturday, March 5, 2011

Succin' it up all wabi-sabi style.

Uh-huh, uh-huh...delicious allowance time, y'all! I'm currently undergoing a succulent obsession right now.  Well, I'm always obsessing about succulents, but I finally got my lazy arse in gear and wabi-sabied up some planters.  Remember when we cut that poor dead tree down last year and I made those clever bird feeder/bath thingees?  You can relive it HERE.  Tired of that. Moving on. Can you say succulent planter perfection?

See the laughing Buddha?  (You know if you double click on pictures you can make them bigger, right? You can.) That was my Daddy's.  Sniff.  He had tons of little Buddhas and saint statues all over his house.  He was covering all his bases, I guess. 
I would show you a better picture with the whole stump in there, but my yard looks like caca.  Winter into spring cacafied.  Not for long though!  Oh no mam!  Spring is just everywhere and I am in a freeeeeeenzy.  More planter love...

I'm glad I splurged on this pot all those years ago.  I still love it so and it was worth every penny.  Moss green, swoon swoon.  Can one ever get enough of moss green?
From that to the free planters ...
I'm really working these weird metal things left over from one of our gazillion crazy construction  projects.  I have no idea what these really are; I think some kind of plumbing stuff?  Maybe?  Hell, I dunno, but we have a bunch of them. OH! Maybe AC thingees?  This one is all rusty and brown...mmmmm....I love rusty and brown.

Those little trailing succulents are the same rusty brown color.  Actually there is a lot of rusty brown going on in that shot.  Hmmm, now I am wondering if there's too much rusty brown happening here.  It's giving me a headache to think about that.  Moving on to silver...

See these weird metal things? They're kind of like curved sheets of metal and they have ridges on either side and you slip one ridge into the other ridge and they stick together.  (I hope they damn stick cuz they're all filled with dirt and my precious baby succulents! I'm not gonna think about that either.  So there.)

Close up! Ta Da!  Once that silver ponyfoot gets crankin', it's gonna be soooo pretty hanging down over the side.  La, la, la.  I love recycling crazy stuff like this.  I do have to admit that this is the kind of thing I LOVE right now, but 4 months down the road I'm gonna look at these and be all like, "What the hell was I thinking? That looks like total poop." And I'll rip it all out.  Where will I put all those succulents then, you ask?  OH. MAH. GAWD. Today I got the MOST crazyass cool thing you've ever seen! Ever.  A like-minded neighbor emailed me and said he had this thing and always meant to do something with it, but didn't and would I like it?  Would. I. Like. It?  Girl, girl, girl,  I was salivating!  No pictures yet cuz it's laying in the back of my truck and you won't be able to see it's extreme fineness.  You'll have to wait until I drag my lazy arse back to the computer.  Oh the suspense. Ooooo, don't you hate me right now? I would if I were you cuz you know how long it takes me post sometimes.  Cackle Cackle.


  1. Okay, get your lazy arse back to the computer and POST the picture of your ultimate find that's in the back of your truck. It's cruel to leave us hanging like that, don't you know? I'm mean BIG time cruel! ;-)

    I like what you've done with the metal recycled planters. I actually hope that you DON'T yank them out in six months or a year.

    I've seen other people, including Plantescapes nursery, use similar kinds items for planters. They look great--eclectic and VERY Austin.

    Moss green...ah melt. I am having moss green backspash tile installed in my kitchen next week. You don't need to ask if I like moss green. Laura

  2. Not that it matters much, but I like your planters. :) If you were more like me, you'd make them, like them, get bored of them, but then be too lazy to do anything about them. eventually you'd come back around to loving them, though.

  3. Well now see! I froze all my succulents. ALL died because I thought they'd be safe under the patio eaves. No . They shwivffled all up so I cut off the shhriffvel and ordered some really pretty ones from a source I found on the web. Plus I replaced my beautiful pineapple top, the joy of my life that was green and growing, with a new top today. And Also: I had a laughing Buddah too but it got lost in the storm and is laughing his arse off in the bay somewhere. But I love spring so much and I'm going crazy right along with you, sister girl.
    ms mudd

  4. Oh my are killing us!!! I am dying to know what is in your gosh darn truck! Your succulent containers, and sux, are gorgeous!!! I love creative planters!!!

  5. Ha ha. I know what it is. hhslpt
    I can't wait to see what you do with it.
    Daylight Savings Time next week!!!! I love it and wish they would leave it full time.
    So it goes.

  6. love the planters. they will rock when they grow a bit. but give it up on the back of the truck thang!!!

  7. Cool planters! I love the reuse of found things. The squirrels in my yard are driving me nuts. Every time I plant a purty little succulent in any of my planters, they swoop in a either: dig it out, or eat it to a little nubbin. Little fockers.

    Like tomatoes, I may have almost given up on the succulents, which makes me sad...

  8. I need more pictures of your chickens. I want a chicken SO bad...that and a room though...sad. Anyway, yes, I think Spring fever is hitting an all time high around here. I took an hour off of work last week just because it was SOOOO beautiful outside, I couldnt STAND to be in the office any longer and not in my garden! Cant wait to see your nifty new Surprise..

    Fully of Chicken Envy,
    Alma Delia - aka the brown one.

  9. Do you think if you put hot sauce all around the plant it would deter the squirrels? Or sprinkle black pepper on them? (The plants, not the squirrels.)

  10. Love the rusty brown thing the mostest. I have the same brownish burgundy trailing plant, and lots of pony foot. So glad to see mine are coming back ok from THE BIG FREEZE.

  11. I'm with you on finding a re purpose for things. And what a perfect place for those succulents. Like you I love 'em to pieces.

  12. I have some of the cool "curved metal things" but they are maple syrup buckets from the north. Same size and shape, and perfect for planting.

  13. I got so inspired I went out an dbought succulents. I found some really cool ones. Now I'm going to get one more and make a garden for my SO - he likes them

  14. Everything you do is just so darned cute! Love the planters, all of them, including the moss green. You are an artist extraordinaire! The succulents love you for it.

  15. I lost all but two of my succulents this year...strangely enough, they are the two in the paint cans and I thought for sure the metal would conduct the cold and kill them...but no, the ones I lost were the ones in the rock bed up against my house...go figure?
    Yours look lovely my dear :)

  16. oh, i like the tall weird metal things. i want like a mass of them overflowing with succulent lovelyness. rad stuff.


All the action is here in the comments. You want some action, don't you?