This weekend I finally got around to putting some of my recent plant purchases into pots I’ve been collecting. As pricey as some plants can be, nice pots are invariably even more expensive, so I always keep an eye out for interesting containers in garage sales or thrift stores.
Sometimes I do splurge and buy a handmade artist pot, which I invariably save for a special plant.
|Irregular bowl (7x7x4”) made by Steve Pate|
|Mark Muradian pot (9x7x7”), one of my favorite purchases this year|
|Mark Muradian is a potter and succulent collector from Fresno who has given two talks at the Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society since I joined last November. He sells his pots at shows throughout California.|
These two pots are very special. They’re still unused because I haven’t found the perfect plants for them yet.
Here are the plant-and-pot combinations I threw together this weekend.
|Agave chrysoglossa in ribbed pot from Tuesday morning|
|Agave chrysoglossa surrounded by (clockwise from bottom left) Agave celsii, Agave attenuata ‘Boutin Blue’, Agave ‘Blue Flame’|
|Agave × leopoldii ‘Hammer Time’ in cholocate terra cotta pot|
|Agave × leopoldii ‘Hammer Time’, purchased at the SF Flower & Garden Show|
|Ferocactus crysacanthus in a pot made by Steve Pate|
|Agave cactus (Leuchtenbergia principis) in a beautiful terra cotta pot from Italy. |
Notice the purple edges on the cactus.
|I love the swirl pattern in this pot, originally a garage sale find|
|Elephant foot (Dioscorea elephantipes) in a pot I found at Capital Nursery for only $2.95!|
|Split rock plant (Pleiospilos nelii) in another pot by Steve Pate|
|Split rock plant (Pleiospilos nelii)|
|Karoo rose (Lapidaria margaretae) in a small pot by Mark Muradian|
|In its native habitat, karoo rose (Lapidaria margaretae) grows in the quartz plains of Namibia and South Africa|
|Baby toes (Fenestraria ropalophylla), another intriguing South African succulent with transparent leaf windows that allow light to hit the photosynthetic tissue inside|
|The pot was $0.50 on clearance at Lowe’s.|
It was originally an overpot so I had to drill a few holes for drainage.
|The largest potting project this weekend involved putting this jade plant from |
UC Botanical Garden in a ribbed pot from Home Depot.
|The off-yellow pot and the yellowish leaves of the jade plant form a wonderful contrast to the blue of the Senecio mandraliscae on the left, the Yucca rostrata in the back and the Echeveria subsessilis 'Azure Blue' in the foreground|
Just this afternoon I found these goodies at the SPCA thrift store in town. They will make interesting succulent containers. I’m particularly excited about the glass container; I finally have what I need to try my hand at a terrarium!
|Thrift store finds that cost me all of $3.56|