Make Over: Succulent Wagon

The sad before

About a year ago I blogged about the Little Red Wagon of Succulents for the first time. As you can see from the above shot, it’s been needing a makeover for awhile. I don’t always do a lot of pre-planning when I shove plants in things. When I first put this guy together we didn’t have tons of cool succulents to cut from.

Drainage rocks!

When I pulled out all of the plants it was pretty moist. Okay, I’ll be honest it was muddy and nasty. There were some drainage holes from the first installation, but Matti drilled some more. I threw in a layer of gravel to help out with the water flow. It would probably help if we put it in a sunnier spot, but I think of it as more of an experiment with succulents in bright shade.

Voila!

Here it is looking all bright and shiny. Max is sitting in the shady spot where it normally hangs. I think he approves.

Closer look

Here’s a better view. I tried to plant things that don’t get super tall this time around. If you click on the picture it’ll get bigger. While digging around in another part of the garden I found a clump of Ledebouria socialis (weird spotted bulby looking thing) buried under a fuchsia, and thought it would look cool in the middle. My indoor guy seems to put up with quite a bit of neglect. I’m sure a couple won’t make it, but that’s okay. I have a new favorite garden quote by J.C. Raulston: “If you are not killing plants, you are not really stretching yourself as a gardener.” I love it! We don’t kill a lot of plants, but it’s nice to know that when we do it just means we’re gardening to the extreme.

Permanent parking spot

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