Spooky Succulent Garden

finished succulent garden

Halloween isn’t one of my favorite holidays.

However, I usually have one small decoration around this time of year.

This time, I made a Spooky Succulent Garden.

Succulents are about the spookiest thing I can think of.

They are sharp, odd shapes and colors, and have almost no roots. The best thing is that they require almost no care.

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I started with a saucer filled with cactus soil and some succulents that needed transplanting.

Supplies for garden

I came across these mini figurines at the Dollar Tree and I thought they would work great for this project. I had the crows left over from my decorations from last year, but I think they also came from the Dollar Tree.

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To make the garden, I decided where to put the plants first. I wanted the “castle” to be the center of attention at the back of the tray and tried it out on a plastic container.  In the end, I decided to use a flower frog to put it on.  If you don’t have a frog, a plastic container would still work. Then I placed the trees, sticking them down into the soil to anchor them.

placing the plants

I purchased black aquarium gravel at Walmart to make the plants stand out and give the entire garden that spooky appearance. I removed the castle because I wanted it to sit on top of the soil along with the other figurines. I put the gravel over the soil, and patted it in place.

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I placed the castle on top of the soil next. The castle is sitting on a flower frog that I covered with floral moss for a bit of spooky, dead grassy interest. A few topiary pins hold it into place. If you use a plastic container, you will have to glue the moss on the container.

All these supplies came from the Dollar Tree.

I love the little crow in the tree, he is my favorite. I also love the pink Where-wolf, he cracks me up! Did you know Where-wolves wore pink? Neither did I!

At any rate, the colors in the figurines work well with the succulents.

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A few wisps of spider web, and a couple of little black spiders make the display complete. I added a few extra rocks, just to make things interesting.

finished succulent garden

Spooky garden porch

Perhaps this little garden is not so spooky after all. Our giant squeaky rat and the Mamma crow stand guard over the succulents on our porch.

Thanks for stopping by!

I made it to week two of the So You Think Your Crafty contest! Thanks for all your support! The overall winner of this weeks competition is featured on SYTYC today. More projects to come, there are 7 more weeks to go!

 

Azaleas in Bloom

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This is a sponsored post, any opinions given are completely my own.

An exciting thing happened this week, the Southern Living Encore Azaleas began blooming! I was thrilled to see they are thriving after being in the ground a short time. If you remember, Southern Living sponsored this post earlier in the spring.

My plants are still in the early stages of development, and they are rather petite right now. That’s okay with me, I know they will do great things.

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I planted the azaleas according to the directions, and they have thrived all summer. We had steady rain this year, so I didn’t have to spend a lot of extra time watering which was nice.

The plants are covered with blossoms, I have been watching them every day waiting for them to bloom.

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The biggest trick to being successful with Azaleas, is using a good fertilizer. I like the type that you just sprinkle down in the hole before you plant. Then you can add a bit more on the surface as needed. coffee grounds

My other secret ingredient, is coffee grounds. Lots of them!redAdd them to the roots of your plants about once a week. Azaleas like acidic soil, and it’s a great natural boost for your plants.

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I am thrilled to see that these blooms look just like the ones on the tag! I no longer have to sneak into my neighbors yard to covet his Azalea blossoms. This pink variety is called Autumn Twist.

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It won’t be long and my neighbors will be sneaking into my yard to covet my beautiful Azaleas!

Thank you Southern Living!

Planted Chicken Coop

Finished red coop

I miss my chickens. The yard is so quiet without them around. The coop has sat lonely in the back yard for nearly a year. I decided it needed some flowers.

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If you recall, we built the coop from plans that we purchased on Ebay.  You can read more details about it here. It has been a focal point in the yard ever since.

Last fall, we had problems with raccoons and birds of prey in our yard. We lost 3 chickens, and decided to give the other two away in order to keep them from being eaten.

Sometimes, being a pet owner is hard.

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My sweet Alfredo and Barbie-que would approve of the new decor.

Finished red coop

The coop was planted with 3 plastic window boxes that I screwed into the top of the the roof. I filled them with Miracle Grow soil, and plants that I purchased at 75% off retail.

I am always looking for a good deal. It cost only $10.00 for the geraniums, vinca vines, marigolds, and dahlias that filled the boxes.

They will bloom until frost, as long as they are dead headed and watered regularly.

I am looking forward to getting some more hens next spring!

Adieu!

Photo Challenge Day 29: Black & White

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Black & White

It’s easy to take a black and white photo today. Just a click of the editing button makes a color photo into a black and white one.

I happen to love black and white photos.

Perhaps its because we grew up with them.

Perhaps it’s because they are so simple, I love simplicity.

Perhaps, its just because I love black and white.

Or all the above.

These birch trees are black and white to begin with, but I loved them even more without the color.

The pathway in this photo calls to me.

It seems like the path would be a great place for a stroll on a quiet summer night with the moon shining in the sky.

Summer night strolls are one of my all time favorite things.

When the house is still warm from the day’s heat, you can go outside and bathe in the cool air.

After a refreshing walk, your too tired to care if the house is hot and you sleep better.

Most of the time.

If you are reading this post right now, we are in the process of moving.

I will be back on line in a few days with lots of new projects to share.

Have a lovely evening walk today.

 

 

 

 

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Photo Challenge Day 28: Flowers

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Flowers

This is the first time I have ever taken a decent photo with the macro camera setting.

I have decided that macro must be the most difficult setting of all to master.

I have tried a million times to get it to work on my cell phone, and it never does.

Everything always looks blurry.

I had tried many times with my Nikon Point and Shoot camera as well.

They were never very successful either.

I am not sure if it was me or the camera, but they always looked blurry.

With my new Nikon d5300 and the 55-300mm lens, things are different.

The only problem I have is choosing what to take pictures of.

Occasionally, the camera has trouble focusing on one subject at a time in this mode.

I think there is a setting that can be changed to accommodate multiple subjects.

While we were walking through the Botanical Garden taking pictures, I had the camera book out for easy reference.

We were not the only camera geeks at the park.

There was another couple there taking pictures.

I am sure they wondered why I was looking things up in the book.

Oh well.

It’s a good thing I am not narcissistic.

The move has begun.

 

 

 

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