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Square Hangy Thing

May 18, 2011
Complete, and will take some time to grow roots.

This is how it looked back then.

Almost a year ago, I planted this metal pot rack into a succulent hanging thing. Lots of little cuttings, lots of sphagnum moss, lots of potential. Well, it’s all grown up now. Not exactly what I expected, but enough to salvage.

Here's what it looks like now.


Here it is today. It has been neglected for some time now.  Definitively in need of a haircut and a little refill. Oh, another issue I have found. That hemp type twine I’ve been using to hold it all together? It has been failing…basically rotting away a little faster than expected. Like the time the mirror held up with the twine fell and crushed our Clianthus puniceus. I wasn’t too concerned at that moment because I really didn’t know what Megan planted, but I love the guy now that he has recovered.

Ever since, I’ve been systematically going around the garden and replacing that hemp twine with wire. At least it should take more than a year before the wire rusts away.

A little fluffing.

A little fluffing.

A little fluffing and it’s looking sweet again, better than ever.

Looking sweet again.

Looking sweet again.

I can’t wait for another 3-6 months to pass to see what happens next. Hey, these succulents are all alive and need the occasional haircut / TLC to get them looking all cool again. Same thing with our planted containers.

Excited that we made it.

Be somebody.

While I was spicing up this succulent hanging thing, Megan picked up this cool Petunia hybrid, the Phantom Petunia. Turns out it was the same Petunia on the cover of the Garden Gate magazine that showed up that day. No way!

Time for an obscure reference. Holding this plant along with the magazine instantly reminded me of a certain movie where Steve Martin held up a drink with a bamboo umbrella next to a magazine stating…”Be somebody”. Yeah, that Petunia made me feel like Somebody. Any takers on the movie? — Far Out Flora

10 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2011 7:23 am

    Is that from the movie LA Stories? I’m interested in that Petunia. Look forward to hearing how it does for you guys.

    • May 18, 2011 9:43 pm

      Hey Kelly, you are close, but not quite. I see that Peter from Cactus Jungle got the movie reference right. BTW, love LA Story. Watched it recently, and still good. Matti

      • May 19, 2011 7:09 am

        Of course The Jerk! Ugh, I should have known that! The Jerk is one of my favorite movies ever!

  2. May 18, 2011 8:22 am

    The Jerk

  3. May 18, 2011 8:55 am

    Spagnum moss? Could I try that with coconut fibre?

    • May 18, 2011 9:45 pm

      yep, sphagnum…the dead dried stuff you find…not the living plant. I haven’t tried it with coconut fibre, but I think I will be working with coir this weekend which is about the same thing.

  4. prometheus permalink
    May 18, 2011 11:38 am

    i think i saw an aeonium in there somewhere.

  5. May 18, 2011 5:26 pm

    What a great way to grow succulents…excellent! Welcome to Blotanical!

  6. May 20, 2011 4:48 pm

    I look forward to seeing how the Petunia grows for you. Where I work we’re carrying ‘Phantom’, ‘Pinstripe’ and ‘Black Velvet’ and I think so far that ‘Phantom is my favourite of the three.

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