I never used to notice plants growing up. My dad has been known to wax poetic on plant life and both my mom and dad can bring such beauty to their multitudes of garden spaces in ways I could never even dream up. It has only been lately though (see here for our milk glass succulent project), and especially on these cold and rainy days, that I have noticed that a little greenery can make all the difference to my mood. Here is a quick and easy DIY I did over the weekend that can add a little more life to a dreary January day.
I had a collection of leftover glass candle vessels. Even while the candle wax clinging to the sides of the containers still perfumed the air, I finally decided it was time to clean it all out and put something else inside. While there are other more elegant solutions for removing old wax from glass containers, I did it the primitive way and used a butter knife to chisel the wax out of the glass. When I had removed most all of it (only a hazy film remained), I threw the glass container into the dishwasher for good measure.
James' parents were visiting this weekend, and we paid a little visit to the Signal Mountain Nursery where James' mom picked up some cute little succulent hens and chicks for us. Using previous materials from my milk glass project, I filled the freshly-cleaned glass containers with rocks, sand, and potting mix and planted the hens and chicks in the containers and achieved a most delightful result:
- Super easy to do inside, but I used newspaper to cover the countertop prior to mixing the soils all around.
- I used potting mix with fertilizer already pre-mixed along with sand and aquatic rocks to help with the drainage.
- I also dripped some 20-30 small drops of water on the plants to set them in the new environment. Not sure if this was the right thing to do... some plants like it, some vehemently do not. Fingers crossed these hardy succulents won't care either way.
3-inch square of hens and chicks -- $3.99 + tax
Soil and other planting stuff -- used existing stuff, so cost not factored in