Weekly Inspiration: Succulents

May 23, 2014

Just a quickie post tonight about a few things that inspired me this week…..  My friends over at Nini and the Sea are starting a Weekly Inspiration linky party on Fridays.  I just love the pretty things they post, and I can’t help but post some too.

Not long ago, I was inspired by this picture on Nini and the Sea’s blog:

Photo by Anthony Ortiz

Photo by Anthony Ortiz

So this week, I was inspired to create this:

Clamshell Succulents

I love planting succulents in unusual and unexpected containers.  And it’s fun to sneak little surprises into the mix.

Spoon in a clamshell

Succulents are wonderful for container gardens…. they have shallow root systems, require little water, and look gorgeous.

Want to plant your own?  Just follow these simple steps:

1) Choose a funky container.  The more unexpected, the better.

succulents in shoes


2) Fill your container with some pebbles and then 2/3 with cactus potting soil.

tin box succulents

3) Add your plants, leaving about 1/2 inch between plants.  Try to choose succulents in a variety of colors and sizes. Put the taller plants in the back, and stagger colors for a balanced look.

red wago succulents

4) Cover the rest of the plants with either regular potting soil or cactus soil.  It’s hard to mess these plants up.  Use what you have for the top layer.

sea shell succulents

5) Cover the top of the soil with sparkly crushed glass, or shells, or even funny little kids toys.  Make it uniquely yours.

Change it up every week for fun and inspire those around you to see beauty in the unexpected.

Now it’s time for me to link up with Nini and the Sea, and to sneak off and go quilt a little…


P.S.  C’mon, if you haven’t joined the Late Night Quilters Club on Facebook yet…. do it now.  It’s where all the cool quilting kids are.





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  • Reply Chelsea Huckins May 23, 2014 at 4:08 am

    I just purchased a bunch for my sewing space 🙂 Bought one called a donkey tail just because the name cracked me up! Although I didn’t use cactus soil, so hopefully they do ok, or I might need to repot them again!

    • Late Night Quilter
      Reply Late Night Quilter May 23, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      I think it will be just fine… If you have any pebbles to add to the soil to make sure it doesn’t get too densely packed, that would probably help.

  • Reply Kate Yates May 23, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I love this idea! I have a tiny succulent garden in just a plain pot, and would love to re plant it. Thanks for the tips, now off to find a new container…

    • Late Night Quilter
      Reply Late Night Quilter May 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Wonderful! Have fun shopping around the house for something interesting.

  • Reply Nini~ May 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I love your unusual planters! I am inspired to give your creative idea a try!! I’ve never grown succulents, but am looking forward to it! I’m loving Chelsey’s weekly inspiration it really reminds me to keep my eyes open, that inspiration is everywhere! She’s a clever girl!!


  • Reply Helen May 24, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Hi found you by way of “Nini and the Sea”. Never tried my luck with succulents, but may just give them a try after seeing your beautiful display. Thanks for the Inspiration!

  • Reply chelsey kohler May 26, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for linking up to the Weekly Inspiration Linky Party! I love your succulent planter ideas! I think they would be the perfect plant to grow in an apartment, which is perfect for me! Will have to keep these ideas in mind! ~Chelsey

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