Decorating with Succulents
Now that the weather is getting nicer, I’ve made it my mission to spruce up our sunporch a bit so we can get outside and enjoy it before the dog days of summer set in (I’m hard pressed to leave the air conditioning come July and August). First up on my list was to find a way to add some cute little succulents to the decor. I enlisted the help of my son – always a willing gardening helper – and off to Home Depot we went to pick out our favorites:
We also found these great ceramic pots while we were cruising the outdoor garden area – the colors coordinate perfectly with the cushions and pillows on our sunporch furniture (other cute options here and here):
I let Erik decide which plants to put in which pots. He has a good eye – I love the pink flower with the turquoise pot!
For some of the bigger pots, we made a mini garden using a few different varieties of succulents:
I’ve had good luck with this potting mix in the past – it’s a specially formulated fast-draining mix for cacti. If they sit around in soggy soil for too long they aren’t very happy, so good drainage is key. It also helps to look for pots that have drainage holes in the bottom, or as an alternative you can put a shallow layer of pebbles on the bottom of your pot before adding the soil:
After about 30 minutes, we had our finished product:
And here they are all moved in! They get just enough light in this part of the sunporch to keep them healthy, but they’re also protected from the elements (April showers, anyone?). In our climate, I only need to water them about once a week (score!) They seem to do best if you wait until the soil is almost completely dry before giving them a little drink.
Now if I can just keep the crazy pollen situation under control for a little bit (seriously, it’s everywhere!), I’m going to sit out here tonight and enjoy a glass of wine!