Autumn in our town of Kirkland, Washington, is my favorite time of the year. I walk our dogs, Gigi and Cassie, at least twice every day and they love exploring everything the season has to offer…the crisp air, beautiful changing leaves, fallen pine cones, chestnuts, and acorns, and animals preparing for winter. I have often thought to myself, what can I create with these special treasures to enjoy the feeling of fall at home?
For many years, my husband Matthew and I lived in California where I used to walk our dog Juju. I would see succulents everywhere around our neighborhood, and frankly, I never appreciated them all that much. Several years ago, however, I had a change of heart when I had the inspiration of creating miniature succulent wine cork gardens. I came to recognize that succulents are amazingly diverse, hardy and resilient plants. Now, I’ve come to appreciate them so much more! Truth be told, I’m obsessed and amazed by them. My husband is so sweet to humor me every time, I say “Aren’t succulents amazing”? He smiles and kindly replies, “They are, aren’t they?”
From inspiration to reality: with Halloween and Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought it would be great to combine succulents and all the gifts found on my daily walks. Small stones, pine cones, acorns, chestnuts and whatever crossed our path.
What you will need
Treasures- stones, pine cones, etc…
Gardening Scissors or Pruner Garden Shears
Glue gun- best instant glue ever!
Lazy Susan (optional)- I like to be able to rotate things around easily
- Quickly rinse your favorite findings and air dry them.
- Cut all of your succulents and spritz with a little water to keep them hydrated.
- Trim the pumpkin stem.
- Add a tiny bit of soil and moisten with a little water.
- Place a little hot glue around the pumpkin top.
- Quickly pop up some moss and hold 5-10 seconds for it to set.
- Arrange and glue pine cones, stones, etc. and follow with succulents. Note: Make sure to arrange succulents closely together so when they shrink your pumpkin arrangement will still look full.
- Continue with as many succulents as you may want. Use your imagination and voila!
During the first week, spritz with cool water or gently shower the pumpkin daily under the faucet for about 10 seconds. Because our home temperature is around 70 degrees, I need to keep an eye on our arrangements to make sure that the new cuttings stay hydrated until the succulents have established roots. In the second week, water every other or third day depending on how warm your home is.
What you should know
Succulents are among the easiest plants to propagate with cuttings, and it takes them two to four weeks to establish roots. After two months, or at the end of the season, you can just pop half if not the whole pumpkin in the ground and your succulents will continue to grow.
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