While cleaning up and replanting the area in front of our backyard fountain a couple of weeks ago, I decided to try using one of the seashells scattered there as a plant container for succulents. The seashells were here when we moved in over ten years ago and I left most of them where they were, mainly because I had no idea what to do with them.
|This is a giant clam shell, and the largest of the shells left by the prior owner. When I turned it open side up, it was obvious it was meant to serve as a container for something.|
I'd planned to go to my local garden center to select new succulent plants but subsequently decided to use what I had on hand.
|I did a mock-up before filling the shell with a cactus mix and planting|
When I got around to the actual planting, I added more Oscularia deltoides and several rosettes of Graptopetalum 'California Sunset'.
|I filled in the remaining visible crevices with tiny blue decorative stones I had on hand from a previous project|
I tried out a few different areas before placing the shell.
|I didn't think the scale was right for it in some spots and in other cases I was concerned that the shell's contents might be harmed by critters or careless humans|
|So the shell ended up on the little cafe table on our south-side patio, out of the way of intense sun, critters, and the gardeners with their leaf blowers|
That project led me to rehab two other small planters, both of which had lost their appeal in the two or more years since I'd originally planted them. I didn't take any before shots but here are the completed containers:
|The circle planter was filled with a small noID Aloe and cuttings of Crassula pubescens|
|I replanted this shallow ceramic container with cuttings of Aeonium 'Jack Catlin' (center), Aeonium haworthii 'Kiwi', noID orange-colored Aloe rosettes, and more Graptopetalum 'California Sunset'|
Little projects like these can be so satisfying! I'm already thinking about which of the other seashells I inherited with the garden might be transformed into succulent planters.
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