Sempervivums and a Sledge…

I love plants that take care of themselves, whatever the weather throws at them. Who wouldn’t?!

Recently I collected some old pots of Sempervivums from our old garden that had been neglected for … ahem…. quite some time(!), and replanted them in some grit and a little bit of compost along with all their ‘babies’ and a few new additions.

They have been placed in this antique sledge that a friend found for us on an old farm last year.

Now, be honest with me, do you think this is kitschy?! πŸ˜‰

I can see the sledge across the yard from the kitchen window and we put some fairy lights on it last Christmas… now that was pushing it a bit!

Do you have any kitsch/almost kitsch in your yard or garden? Do share! πŸ˜‰

27 thoughts on “Sempervivums and a Sledge…

  1. I love Cathy the Sempervivums, I also have some planted directly on the ground in the garden. No, it is not cheesy as they are in the wonderful old sled, they are lovely and fabulous, I love it. No wonder that at Christmas you put lights on the sled, it should be adorable and with a lot of Christmas spirit: maybe it is Santa’s sleigh … Have a great weekend. Greetings from Margarita.

  2. I love your new pots, esp. the snail-like one.
    I think that sleigh would be great with different seasonal displays, like entwined black-eye-susan and morning glory vines in summer, pumpkins/gourds/mums in fall and the lights/evergreens for Christmas/winter. Why not? πŸ™‚

    • Oh yes, I should have thought about pumpkins! It would look great stacked high with all different shapes and sizes, but we would never be able to eat them all! LOL! All of the pots were either hanging around or recycled, and I was so glad to find a use for my rusty old hedgehog. πŸ˜‰

  3. The sempervivums look beautiful. I am just starting to appreciate them, they are so good for pots over here. When you say you plant them in gravel, do you mean you put gravel on top?
    I love the sledge – pretty and practical. Amelia

    • I put stones and gravel at the base of the pot for drainage, then mix about 1:3 compost to grit to plant them and top with more grit. They grow on the rocks in the old garden with practically no soil at all. Some of these may not take root as they were all replanted and the ‘babies’ separated from the parent plants, but it will be fun to watch how many survive. The rest I had collected went into the driest bit of my herb bed (with some others that are established) where any rainwater just runs off. Perfect for here, and for your climate too! πŸ™‚

  4. I love the sledge and the Hens and Chicks (they won’t grow here, darn it!) I harbor a secret desire for the ultimate Florida kitch – a concrete pink flamingo. Oddly, they are difficult to acquire.

    • Oh yes, that would be lovely. I am rather fond of flamingos and they were a real thing here this spring in our garden centres, but sadly only cheap plastic ones that would fade quickly in the sun or blow away in a storm! I do hope you find one some day! πŸ˜‰

  5. Next-to-last pot is incredible, I would love to have it in my garden. Not only plants look gorgeous in it but itself it is so pretty. I also like self-sufficient plants like cacti or other succulents but still they are not the same as fresh blooming flowers. This holiday in a ceramic ornamental pot which I got on some market, I planted helichrysums. I bought them from because they are kinda’ cute and really colourful. Isn’t it ok to add some colour to our life?

    • Hi Monika. I want to grow Helichrysums next year as I have seen how resilient they are in other people’s gardens around us. You are aso right about adding colour to our lives… whether it be kitsch or not! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for visiting. πŸ™‚

  6. As a person who has a large plastic dinosaur in his garden, I can say that your succulent sled is not kitschy at all. If anything, that bare wood has a vintage look. It’s original and cool.

  7. Oh your creations look fabulous Cathy. I especially like the one in the irregularly shaped one in photo 3. Are the sempervivums planted in the remnants of a pot or something else? Whatever it is it looks rusty. Eliza has come up with some excellent ideas for your sledge πŸ˜„

    • I think you mean my rusty hedgehog planter! If you click on the photo to enlarge it perhaps he is more recognizable. He has been around for some years now but was given some fresh grit and new plants a few weeks ago. πŸ˜‰

  8. I have dozens of Sempervivums in my garden, but nothing as clever and creative in potting methods! You’ve inspired me to think again, Cathy! I love your sledge, as well. Really great. I have had some clever items and kitsch through the years, but I think at this time I really don’t. I may need to reintroduce a little whimsy! I just love what you’ve done! πŸ™‚

    • Oh yes, ‘whimsy’ is a much nicer word to describe it! πŸ˜‰ It brightens up life, especially in the winter months when the flower beds are bare. I try and limit what I have, but now and then a butterfly or family of metal ducks etc just beg to be given space in my garden! πŸ˜‰

    • Glad you like it Alys. The snail-shell shaped pot was snapped up when I spotted it a few years back! πŸ˜‰ There are some wonderful ‘accessories’ for gardens around, but often so incredibly expensive, so I may have a go at making my own decorations one day. πŸ™‚

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