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Succulent Table Spotted

March 24, 2012 by Matti | 9 Comments

 

Succulent Pallet Table

Succulent Pallet Table

The San Francisco Garden Show is going full force this weekend.  That’s where we found this beauty…succulents growing down the center of a table made with pallets.  Okay, okay…it’s our Succulent Pallet Table that was first featured at the Sunset Celebration Weekend, and is still making the rounds.  After all this time, we’re glad to see that the succulent babies are looking happy.

Matti and Megan with the Succulent Table

Matti and Megan with the Succulent Table

Wanna see the best parts of the show?  You must check out Bamboo and More, where Gerhard Bock and Candy Sweetstuff captured the cream of the crop.

Succulent Gardens' Growing Wall Garden

Succulent Gardens' Growing Wall Garden

Speaking of greatness, we never miss see Succulent Gardens when they are at a show.  Here’s a peek at one of their Succulent Vertical Gardens that Robin Stockwell masterfully creates.  BTW, all the plants for our Pallet Table came from Succulent Gardens…they grow the best succulents found anywhere.

Anne of Green Gardens

Anne of Green Gardens

Another person we had the pleasure to meet for the first time was Anne of Green Gardens.  Anne is filled with garden info and brought in some of our Mini gardens to the Show.  Stop and say hello.

Sproutopia Horton Hears a Who

Sproutopia Horton Hears a Who

The first place we darted to was Sproutopia.  Kids and gardening…what a perfect combo.  I’m always impressed how children design there special 2×2 foot space.  In two words…No Fear.

Succulent Pallet Table

Succulent Pallet Table

There’s still plenty of weekend left to…..Go to the Show, See our DIY Pallet Table, then Head over to watch Star Apple Edible Gardens at 2:30PM Sun.  Stefani and Leslie will amaze you how easy it can be to Grow Food in the City.

– Far Out Flora

Happy New Years Rehash 2011

December 31, 2011 by Matti | 9 Comments

Senecio articulatus

Senecio articulatus - Candle Plant

What? 2011 is almost over….that’s crazy talk.  Let’s rewind and take a look at our 5 hottest garden posts of 2011.  We love traveling around checking out gardens, finding funky plants, and sharing them with you.  We want to give a BIG shout out to all our Far Out Flora peeps.  We <3 you guys!  …now onward to your top 5 for 2011.

Simply Succulent = Sweet! was written shortly after our first visit to the Simply Succulent Nursery up in Fort Bragg, CA.  This place is stuff to the hilt with fun plants, including this Senecio articulatus (Candle Plant, aka Hot Dog Cactus).  Definitely recommend you swing by this place if you’re ever in the area.

DIY Pallet Succulent Table

DIY Succulent Pallet Table

Hands down, DIY Succulent Pallet Table was our reader’s favorite of 2011.  Shortly after our succulent table was completed, it was on display at Sunset Magazine’s test garden for their summer party.  They loved it too and put it in their Aug issue.  Pretty sweet.

Petunia exserta

Petunia exserta

We packed in a bunch of new funky plants in 2011 including this rare Petunia exserta.  Take a peek at October in Bloom, it really shows how our garden can shine.

Lobelia excelsa - Tabaco del diablo (Devil's Tobacco)

Lobelia excelsa - Tabaco del diablo (Devil's Tobacco)

No surprise that we spend a ton O time at Strybing Arboretum.  It’s just up the road from us and always something exciting to see in the plant world like this Lobelia excelsa (Tabaco del diablo).  Of all the trips, Strybing Super Flowers was a fan fave.

Succulent Grill

Succulent Grill

After sick to death of looking at this crappy old Grill in our backyard, we finally cleaned it up and planted the sucker.  I’m not certain who thought of it first, but Grilling Up Succulents is that perfect easy weekend project.   Besides being easy to move around the yard, we keep planting new stuff in it all the time.

Can get enough?  Check out our top 5 garden blogs of 2010, OR get on our Far Out Flora Facebook and never miss out on our garden adventures.  I hear 2012 is gonna be one fab year.

– Far Out Flora

Sprucing up Shiny

December 7, 2011 by Matti | 11 Comments

Shiny Succulent Container - Nov 27, 2011

Shiny Succulent Container - Nov 27, 2011

A tad past two years ago, I found this shiny object which I jammed packed with a ton O succulent cuttings. Well, it’s been way over due for a little sprucing up. Above is the result. Check out the side by side at the end.

Shiny Succulent Container - Nov 2009

Shiny Succulent Container - Nov 2009

Here’s how it looked 2 years ago…it’s really more if a game of survivor. Cruising the Mission hood for funky stuff, I found this UFC (Unidentified Found Container. 35 cuttings from our backyard later, it was filled with hope, dreams, and promise. Our Thrift Store Succulent Storage post tells more of the story.

Shiny Succulent Container - Nov 27, 2011

Shiny Succulent Container - Nov 27, 2011

Why did it need a replanting? Well, rarely do plants look superb forever, unless you’re using plastic. Here’s a recent pic how it’s been looking. That’s what a year of total neglect looks like. Shocking anything is still alive.

The cool thing is that I have a better idea which of these succulents can handle a some stress. Taking a peek above, looks like the tough guys are a couple of aeoniums, some Sedum rebrotinctum, a sempervivum, Crassula tetragona, and some other crassula & sedum.

Feb 2010ish on Left -- Nov 2011is on the Right

Feb 2010 on Left -- Nov 2011 on the Right

Check out this before and after (clicking our pics make them big). There’s about an 18 months span from left to right. Game on, let’s see which will endure thru 2012.

– Far Out Flora

DIY Succulent Bar

October 29, 2011 by Matti | 12 Comments

Succulents DIY style.

Succulents DIY style.

Can we say that Urban Bazaar Rocks!?!  Since last time we visited them on 9th Ave and Judah in San Francisco, they added a whole new aspect of coolness called the Succulent Bar.  You come…pick out your pot, pick out your plant, and do it yourself…leaving the mess to them.  Hey, it’s a great way to make those cool gifts you always wanted to give, and funstar #1 to make.  Or just keep for yourself….shh your secret is safe with us.

Pots to select.

Pots to select.

Seeing the Succulent Bar for the first time during the Inner Sunset Fair, I was impressed that they’re offering Urban FarmGirls pots available for your sweet succulent babies.  UFG is top notch in my book.  They make the best hypertufa pots, bar none…light weight and with an attractive rustic-mod feel.

Ton O succulents.

Ton O succulents.

Here’s where I love to gaze…the succulents.  All from growers that obviously cares about succulents.  Bold and colorful textures.

Crested Echeveria Doris Taylor.

Crested Echeveria Doris Taylor.

Okay, now you sold me.  Really?  You have a cresting Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ in a two inch pots?  No way!  They’re always doing fun events at their place so great way to keep up to date is via their facebook & twitter.

Top Dressing.

Top Dressing.

I’ve gotta admit, that I’ve resisted the term ‘top dressing’ for a long time.  Hey, I don’t mind mulching my pots with rocks, sand, or wood bits…but does it really have to be called top dressing?  Starting a new term today… Hydro Accumulating Topper… aka H.A.T.  Yes, now it’s time to add a HAT to your succulent pot.

and...done.

Wait for it...and...done.

There you are.  One awesome score from Urban Bazaar.  Every DIY Succulent Bar planting is unique and for a fraction of buying all those bits in bulk for yourself.  Click for more Urban Bazaar fun.

– Far Out Flora

DIY Succulent Pallet Table

June 4, 2011 by Matti | 251 Comments

Max with the new Succulent Table.

Max with the new Succulent Table.

Can you believe that our latest DIY project was once just a couple of junky pallets and some scrappy table legs?  Crazy…if I didn’t have photos, I wouldn’t believe it myself.  Not too long ago, we whipped out a coffee table sized succulent table out of an old shipping crate.  Now we scaled it up.

The pallets.

The pallets.

First bit of advice, deconstructing pallets are a big pain unless you have the right tools…and our hammer and wall scrapper wasn’t quite doing the trick.  Boards were cracking and splitting left and right.  Good news.  We had three pallets to figure out how to do it, and by the second one…we were getting usable boards.

Couple good planks.

Couple good planks.

Love the scares of time left on these chunks of pallet wood.

Attaching the legs.

Attaching the legs.

After pulling apart two pallets, we used the 2 x 4 sized boards to make a rectangular frame to attached the appropriated table legs.  Debate went back and forth whether or not to strip the paint off the legs…we’re not huge fans of washed out creamy yellow.  We ended up just leaving them dinged up how we found them.  In the end, it worked in our favor.

Dry run for fittings.

Dry run for fittings.

Like TV magic (and 2 days later), the table was more or less put together.  We got so into the project that we forgot to take some pics during the building of the succulent hole, oops.  Basically, the top is made up in three sections.  Two flat boards make the right side, three boards make the left.  The center three boards were built as a separate planting box…again all using parts of the pallet.  We made it this way because we knew the succulent table was going to journey about 45 minutes south to Sunset Test Garden.  The plan was to make the succulent section removable so that it could ride inside the car while the rest of the table may need to be strapped to the roof of the Subaru.

Megan with some semps.

Megan with some semps.

After a weekend of slivers and sweat, we finally got to plant this baby.  Megan had the pleasure to do the ceremonial dividing up of the first bunch of semps.

Getting messy.

Getting messy.

3/8 inch holes where drilled in the bottom, and we decided to go with a fast draining cactus mix.  The bulk of the plants are Sempervivum, Sedum, and a hint of Orostachys iwarenge.  We plugged in some pea sized pebbles to stabilize and dress up the top.

Packing them in.

Packing them in.

Yeah, we didn’t hold back on jamming them.  By all means, it would be fine to plant the strip thin and let it grow in.  But when you need it to look full fast…you just hold, tuck and stick until it looks more or less done.

Succulents playing together.

Succulents playing together.

 

Finishing touches.

Finishing touches.

Here you can get a sense of how the center box is separate from the rest of the table…great for traveling.

Ready for action.

Ready for action.

Speaking of journeys, this guy is on view Jun 4-5 at the Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend in their Test Garden down in Menlo Park, CA.  While your there, say hi to Johanna Silver, aka Ask a Garden Girl and Sunset Test Guru.  She has rock star garden skills and one of the most engaging personalities you’ll find.

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– Far Out Flora