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Old 08-21-2008, 07:46 AM
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I finally finished my succulent cactus dish gardens


I finally got my succulent and cactus gardens finished. I am STILL looking for a small lizard or gecko for the big garden and now a small mermaid for Under the Sea. I know I will find them, just have to keep looking!


Succulents and cactus, I found the large rock at the Aquarium store.




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Anioneioum Garden, the dark burgandy one is called Black Prince and is a little hard to find. I found this one at a nursery, boy was I surprised to see it sitting there.



This is a Desert Rose. It has gorgeous flowers when it blooms , pink and white.



My favorite, Under The Sea garden. I chose cactus and succulents that looked like they belong under the sea. They are all living ! . The big fan coral cactus in the back gets pink ridges in winter and the twisted tall succulent is having babies at the bottom.



Now these little guys are amazing. They are called Living Stones. Most of the plant live underground . The part that live above ground store water and feed the plant. They split in the center and a bloom comes out in the fall. It is a gorgeous pink and yellow almost daisy like huge bloom, then the two stones shrivel and fall away and two new stones appear in the life cycle. They come from Africa. The children in Africa will get these stones and chew on them to prevent thirst. Can you tell which stones are real?



My desert garden gets good light in my kitchen, but I add a grow light to give them plenty of bright light. I just turn it on in the morning and off at night. I like this kind of garden, I don't have to water it very much and it grows slowly . In other words, I can ignore it and it won't die on me. lololol
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:23 AM
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Pat those are so beautiful u did a great job, u can find toy lizards in the toy section,dollar tree,etc.
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:41 AM
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Those look absolutely great!
Very artistically arranged, I love each one.

I never seem to have too much luck with succulent dish gardens -
either I over water them
or I begin by putting together things which turn out to have very different rates of growth
so that one plant rapidly overtakes all the others ... it's always something.

But I've been wanting to do a "seascape" succulent garden for several years,
ever since I saw THIS article
showcasing one of Jeff Moore's amazing works of gardening art.
I've seen photos of some of his larger themed plantings since then and I LOVE them all.

So, I bought a 10 gallon aquarium at a yard sale, intending to make one on a small scale.
I've even collected a handful of plants that I've actually managed to keep alive ... ... so far.
I have the sand, I have the rocks and shells ...
... what I haven't gathered up yet ... is the courage to do it.
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:01 AM
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Wow
You certainly have quite a talent there!!
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:21 AM
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Beautiful job i am so jelous that is great stuff {.nice kitchen.}
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:22 AM
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Those look great. You did an excellent job!!
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:37 AM
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how nice..


I really like the one with sea shells
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Old 08-21-2008, 12:33 PM
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Those are beautiful! You have quite the eye for arrangement.
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Old 08-21-2008, 03:13 PM
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You did an amazing job with them! I would love to see some pics when they flower, particularly of the Living Stones. I had never heard of them before reading of them on this site and I'd love to see what their flower looks like.
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I love your under the sea arrangement! That is too cool. What a clever idea!
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Old 08-22-2008, 08:58 PM
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I take it you don't get to eat on that counter? Looks like my kitchen with plants everywhere, but yours are much easier on the eyes....excellent!


I'm even going to change the lights to help the plants grow better when the sun refuses to shine! No eating in there!






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Lovely Fly!


My baby desert rose aspires to your beautiful specimen when it grows up. (I've grown it from seed)
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Old 08-23-2008, 05:45 AM
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Hey!!


You stole my refridgerator!! Give it back!! Just kidding. I have one just like it.
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Old 08-23-2008, 05:47 AM
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Did you buy that desert rose that big? Or how long did it take to get that big? Just curious.
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Old 08-26-2008, 04:41 AM
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thanks for your sweet comments everyone! I've had the desert rose for about six months, so it has not grown very much.
We don't eat off that counter, the breakfast nook is right beside it anyway and the wall next to the breakfast nook is all windows, better place to eat.
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