A little fun

At the cactus and succulent show last weekend I saw a few fun things amidst all of the serious "grow the best plants" attempts:


Tiny, whimsical plantings! Succulent garden in a spoon anybody?


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This isn't really my thing, but I had to be impressed at the skill required to put these together:


They're really quite small, this one about the size of silver dollar -- or smaller:

"You couldn't stamp a huge lion!"
"They stamp them when they're small."

Here's my finger for scale:


Having grown cactus from seed before, I know these are probably seedlings, but they seem more mature than that. How do they keep these plants so incredibly small?


There were some fun pots that were normal size too:



Although for me, this type of plant just looks best in a simple pot that doesn't distract.

Still, I can see the attraction of all of this -- especially if you've been dealing with larger, show-worthy specimens that may be a challenge to move around and care for. A little whimsy in the garden can be a good thing.

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Gerhard Bock (Bamboo, Succulents and More)  – (July 5, 2013 at 10:38 AM)  

These made me chuckle. I totally appreciate them for what they are, but in practical terms, they'd drive me nuts. You'd have to water them frequently because there's so little soil and repot at least once a year.

Still, I know people who are into this in a big way, and I think that's great. It just isn't for me.

Lancashire rose  – (July 6, 2013 at 1:48 PM)  

I agree with Gerhard. I have several succulents in small pots and they are a devil to water. I am going for bigger and bigger all the time.

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