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Sunday, March 15, 2009

A succulent tire redo for Cactus Monday!

You may remember me talking about my Stapeliad being dead...well...here it was in it's absolute worst state...not to mention the terrible condition of the garden itself...

AND...here it is after a redo today! I washed all my topstones, and added more soil, perlite and cactus soil, and blended it all together...(that was the fun part, LOL). Then I added some new plants I had bought in a group pot that were not doing so well under the glued together rocks they had on top. I pried all the rocks off, and sure enought found that the soil underneath was way too wet...the water had been trapped undeer there, and my plants were suffering! They are so happy now, in their new home...and I added a few cuttings from some of the other tires...to add some extra color, and got my pretty blue rocks on top...and voila....

I discovered my Mammillaria was blooming as well...how sweet! It was nice to look at as I worked! How I love looking out my kitchen window now......YEAHHH!!!

Happy Cactus Monday to you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

16 comments:

Teri C said...

Everything really looks happy! I love your tire gardens.

Happy Cactus Monday on Sunday! I know, you just couldn't wait to tell us about all these beauties. lol

Cindy said...

Nice job! Is that Echevaria "Topsy Turvy" at 3:00 in your arrangement? That's one of my favorites. Your's looks like it will benefit from the re-plant.

I hope you didn't get rid of your whole stapeila. Parts of it still look OK.

Julie said...

Cindy- I did throw away all of the Stapeliad...it looks better in the pic than it actually was! Believe me, it was crispy and falling apart in my hands! I have source for more though...up at the college...they have huge mounds of it, and I can have more anytime because they like to take some out here and there cause it spreads so much!

I agree, the Topsy Turvy is really pretty...in form and color!

soulbrush said...

what a difference, i love the cactus redo. been looking our for your new photos, ohg emily is just adorable and i love donovan too, i am partial to boys...how blessed we are indeed julie. hcm fellow cactuteer.

Claude said...

A nice little arrangment of cacti there... It looks like the rain has finally stopped here, for a while at least. Hopefully I'll be able to get some pics sometime this week...

later

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your plants will be so happy Julie. The tire planter looks so pretty with all the new cactus in it. I envy you that you can grow all of these plants outside year round.

Margaret Ann said...

An amazing transformation...LOVE the mammillaria!!! An exceptionally bright and joyful spring cactus Monday post...HCM!!! :)

marianne said...

Wow the tire looks great and I love that last cactus with the pink flowers!
Happy cactus Monday!

marianne said...

Ps I love the new pictures of your grandkids!!!!!
Emily June is a little princess.
And Donovan eating ribs.....priceless

Judi said...

Julie
Great job! The tire looks soooo good. What a difference and how good for you to realize what the problem was. Love the sweet pink flowers...so pretty.
hope you are having a great day
Judi

messyfish said...

flowers are gorgeous....

Pouty Lips said...

It's amazing what some people can do with a tire and some ingenuity. Beautiful cactus Monday fellow cacuteer.

Flying Colors said...

Oh what a happy, happy situation you have transformed here. This makes my heart sing also Julie....
Thank you for the magical tire garden :) HCM

yoon see said...

Love all these shots here, very fascinating!
Happy Cactus Monday:)

Serena said...

What a transformation! BEAUTIFUL JOB!!! Those blue rocks really set it off perfectly.

Stapeliad said...

A very late HCM to you!

My stape G died too. :(