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vertical succulent garden – part 2

Since creating my vertical succulent garden, it has been two months.

The first two months, I left it flat, so that the succulents could root.

I can’t say it is thriving. The squirrels around here have been attacking all of our plants, and also knocking the succulent ‘babies’ off. For some reason the red-ish variety has lost its bright hue.

Unfortunately, the frame’s intricate details were washed away. I guess it was plaster, whoops! Now that it is gone, I might paint it a faint red.

The creeping plant definitely didn’t work out with these succulents. I think it required more moisture.

I think this might be the fuzzy wuzzy variety.

Things I would change;

  • Use lower quality soil and fine gravel instead of planting soil. The soil I used is probably too rich in nutrients, and doesn’t provide good enough drainage.
  • Use a different moss (like so) which holds colour better, even when it gets dry (which has been inevitable in this heat).
  • Put drainage holes along the whole back, instead of just on the long edges.

 

These succulents below aren’t hanging vertically, but they sure are thriving!

My Grandma rescued these cacti from the compost! They’re pretty neat.

 

 This post was cross-posted to http://gwynneburgess.com/blog/2012/07/vertical-succulent-garden-part-2/

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Innovation Inspiration: Patrick Blanc

I have been intrigued about living walls for quite some time. I researched a bit about them for a project at the Ontario Science Centre and now am constantly toying with the idea of building one in miniature.

Patrick Blanc is who I would consider the pioneer of the living wall. His work is very inspiring.

Blanc seems to spent a lot of time travelling for inspiration and has hair as green as his walls… how fabulous! He has listed some sources of inspirations on his site which is fun to look at.

Be sure to check out his website for more of his work.

On a smaller scale, Flora Grubb Gardens presents a fairly convincing case to purchase their DIY living wall kit, with this photo:


I love their use of the succulents.

I think eventually I will try to tackle it on my home somehow – too great of inspiration not to!