It’s that time of year where outside flowers are struggling because of the weather extremes. Either too much heat, humidity, rain, drought, etc will throw them for a loop.
I have this cute little hanging planter and I love changing the plants out with the seasons. Remarkably, it’s July and my pansies were still alive in the planter. They were really past their prime though. They were extremely leggy and starting to look disheveled. So I decided to replace them with something else.
I went to our local gardening shops and decided I didn’t want to put another flower in the planter but rather try my hand, once again, at succulents. To be honest, it scares the crap out of me. I either over or under water and they end up dying on me. But hey, it’s all about learning right? So, I’m trying my hand at it again!
There I was, in the middle of the gardening section and it never fails I strike up a conversation anywhere I go. A few people shared some tips on caring for the succulents which include: special soil, naming them, place in a sunny area and not over watering them. One person even recommended placing a few ice cubes on the soil and letting them melt. I thought- I could do this, right?
I finally picked out a few with different textures, which was difficult. Have you ever really looked at all the different types of succulents? I wanted to take them all home with me!
Here’s what I picked up to make my little succulent garden.
I removed all dirt in the planter and replaced it with the specialty soil.
Strategically placed and crammed as many succulents into the planter.
Thoroughly watered the planter until the drains began to drip.
And that’s it!
The plan is to water them once a week. I will keep you updated. Hopefully, they will last through the fall and then I can replant them to bring inside for the winter.
I highly recommend planting your own succulent garden. If you do, please share with me. I’d love to see!