Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Succulents to the Rescue

Some of you might remember that I  filled these epergnes with apples, and berry wreaths and used them for holiday decorations on my dining room table. They are a bit challenging because the bowls are so shallow; it complicates what you can put in them. I wasn't quite ready to put them away so now they are on the window ledge in the media/family room. I like the way they look with the light shining through, but, what to do to glam them up?  It was once again...

...succulents to the rescue!

I took  little glass votive holders and filled them with potting soil and succulent cuttings from the garden.

I did this in a blue and white Chinese foot bath several months ago and they are doing well, in fact they are getting too big for the container.

To cover the messy part I tucked in some sphagnum moss and let it trail...I got this idea from the holiday issue of Jeanne d'Arte magazine. They featured several interesting ways to accessorize with different kinds of moss ~ all lovely. 

I am pleased with the way it looks, I always perfer using natural plants when possible ~ these with an occassional sprinkling of water should last until the spring when they will be rooted and then I will plant them in the garden. I think that succulents are the most wonderful group of plants. I am basically an cottage style gardener, but succulents seem to fit in anywhere, and most important ~ thrive. I think of them as 'Garden Jewels'.

The tureen was a gift from my brother, he always gives me the most wonderful things. The epergnes once belonged to my Aunt Lolly who I have spoken about here before.


  1. They turned out beautifully, Adrienne! I would have never thought of succulents, but with the trailing moss, they really create quite a lovely vignette. By the way, I think your tureen matches one of my sets of china. ;)

    Hope to see you for Time Travel Thursday this week. Happy New Year!

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  2. Adrienne beautiful this plant .....
    I really like how it was placed near the window!: D
    A hug and a Happy New Year!

  3. The window vignette is so beautiful! I love succulents...although I have killed a many of those too. :)

    I hope you have a wonderful New Year!


  4. Your succulents are the perfect touch. Your window is so warm and inviting. Gorgeous pictures.

  5. I too, am a cottage gardener who loves succulents! That looks so pretty...wonderful!!

  6. our visit was a blast! discussion books, home projects & decorating. Mom loved meeting you! now she will be able to put your decorating into context with your house layout!
    hope you plan a trip this way soon.

  7. They are perfect in your window display.
    I love the colour, variety and textures of succulents.
    I saw a seasonal wreath made entirely of succulents and it was magnificent.

  8. These images are gorgeous Adrienne. I love the succulent idea! So pretty!

  9. Very interesting pieces. How nice to get great gifts from a brother. Many men don't know what to give as gifts.

  10. How pretty! I love how you use things that grow around here - I remember the planting in the blue and white container.

  11. Oh very pretty I love how they sit right in the window....love pictures as always thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us ~Love Heather

  12. Succulents have become one of my favorites, and they definitely look beautiful in your epergenes. I also love the moss trailing down!

  13. I LOVE those candleholders. They are stunning and the succulents are just perfect. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  14. Perfect! The epernes are very gorgeous...I love old pieces like that. Fabulous job! Susan

  15. Love your beautiful window decor!!!


  16. I love your garden jewels and your trailing moss, and your images of them in front of the window are just beautiful!

  17. Oh how splendid..and lovely. And what a wonderful brother..he has great taste..

  18. This is a fantastic idea! Looks so romantic! Thank you so much for sharing with my first Home and Garden Thursday party! I appreciate you!
    God Bless,

  19. Hi Adrienne, Happy New Year! Love the idea of succulents and the moss is the perfect touch. Wishing you a most beautiful year ahead! xo – g

  20. What a great idea, Adrienne. I know I've said this before, but I really love the view out your window. How wonderful it would be to see green all year round. Happy New Year to you :)

  21. J'arrive de chez Hélène Flont ... et je découvre ton univers si raffiné ...
    Belle journée

  22. Hi Adrienne, thank you for the visit today,it is always nice to see you over at my blog. I love a little elegance and rustic mixed and you did that beautifully with your new arrangements, Happy Weekend,

  23. Lovely idea, how pretty your window sill looks! Thank you for visiting my blog, it's so great to find yours! Have a happy week.
    Helen x

  24. The moss gives it the touch of "lace." I can imagine sitting with a cup of my favorite orange tea enjoying a quite morning. Thanks for giving your readers a respite from the hectic day.



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