November 10, 2010

Inspiration

Open Days Inspiration
Three weeks ago, I toured private San Antonio gardens as part of the Garden Conservancy's Open Days event. I didn't blog about it because my husband took the good camera on a rock climbing trip, and all I had was my camera phone. (Lame.)

Open Days Inspiration
I wish I could show you sweeping, picturesque views of the grounds, but my photos were just simple "reminder" shots of individual plants, groupings or design elements that I thought I could adapt for my yard. My best pictures were of potted arrangements.

Open Days Inspiration
I wouldn't have even bothered to take the images off my phone and share them with you, but this this picture has sparked a story.

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When I passed by this pot, I immediately thought of our root-bound aloe vera. It has moved with us from home to home but has never gotten any attention. We keep it because a few years ago, it started sending up a yearly flower spike. It's not a fabulously beautiful flower, but it's nice and the bloom is a bit of a novelty for us.

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Ghost plant cutting with droplet, echeveria on the right.
I also happen to have two echeveria plants and a ghost plant that I started from cuttings. I didn't have a plan when I brought them home so they were destined for the same fate as the aloe. But the Garden Days arrangement sparked a new idea.

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Tah-dah!

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I opted to keep my largest aloe (the bloomer) and use the ghost plant instead of the echeveria. I'm very pleased with how it came out. I like the matching fleshy textures of the two plants. I decided the ghost plant's analogous pointy leaves looked better than the echeveria's contrasting round leaves. I also like how the saturation of the colors is the same, but the hues themselves are complements. All this from one pot of inspiration. :)

8 comments:

  1. Pretty! I really like the second pic too. Who knew succulents could be so striking?

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  2. I like it too - especially the way the green and gray play off each other.

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  3. Those are some inspirational pots! Great pics too - your camera takes pretty good pics. It's so much fun to find inspiration somewhere and see it come full circle in your own garden. Nice work!

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  4. That's what I like about the Open Days tour (or any tour) -- the ideas don't have to be big or expensive to be inspirational. Thanks for sharing the container pics you got. They look great to me too.

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  5. Those really are nice looking container plantings. Like you say garden tours are great for picking up ideas. They inspired you to do a very nice planting of your aloe and ghost plant. Thanks for posting those planters.

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  6. I live in Austin and I'm glad I found your blog! I love all the combinations. Don't you hate it when they take the camera...my husband has done that a few times....:) Your camera takes good photos.

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  7. These photos are really inspiring and makes me look forward to spring again!

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  8. Thanks for commenting everyone and for your kind words. I love to follow the links back to your blogs for even more inspiration.

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