Now is the time when people begin to shop for the holidays (unless you’re super thrifty and you buy gifts on clearance or on sale throughout the year and stash them away until it’s time to give them).
Just a quick post to add photos, one of my Capitata x Xerographica is blooming. I wonder how long it will be before it pups. Here’s the pics even though some of the flowers are already spent apparently.
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Sorry it’s been awhile since my last post. I hope to rectify that here shortly by forcing myself to take a little time to write each day. Oh, but we’ve been sooo busy with our Etsy store. Omigosh, it is now officially an obsession with these air plants!
We’ve added a bunch of new pieces to the store, check it out here. What is really crazy are the lengths we will go to now for finding new ideas. I put in the description of our latest piece that I would share the story here.
Okay. We are always on the lookout for new things to use with our air plants so we haunt thrift stores, estate sales, craft stores and the like. On our way to our air plant supplier for some new stock Friday, we see a couple of cars parked along the side of the road. A sure sign of a yard sale (although we didn’t see the sign at that point). Of course, we had to turn around and one of these days I might actually pick up that bumper sticker that reads “Warning-will brake for yard sale”.
Not a table in sight but we pull over and park behind another truck. Sure enough, people are walking back to their cars from the fenced back yard (darn, just missed those cute wooden flamingos painted a bright pink that every Florida yard should have). Oh well, they were much too big for our air plants anyway. I digress, sorry.
Our neighborhood features homes on 1 acre or more so there is actually a dirt drive cut across this property leading to the back yard, which is weathered wood privacy fence. Lo and behold, there are three or four cardboard arrows mounted on stakes along the drive to follow even though a couple may have been skewed by the wind. Once you enter the gate you see a large shed that has a few toys scattered in the open front, so you know you’ve found the right place. To the right (behind the house) they have made a nice area with a pond and waterfall and seating to relax. It was nicely done and it made me want to befriend them so I could sit there and relax too. Again, I digress.
So upon turning into the shed, there are the usual tables set up and shelves all around with the usual stuff of yard sales to sell. Bric-a-brac, xmas stuff, other holiday items and of course the toys, which even the grandkids must have outgrown. Jackpot! There is a nice collection of bottles too that are really neat and really cheap. He even threw in the stories of them for free (mostly from cruises they had taken over the years). Now, those bottles are great but as we moved around the circle set up, I am captivated by a collection of alligators. Plush, ceramic, plastic alligators are all featured and I had to ask about the story. Over the years these things had been collected based on this man’s nickname of Gator and he was from Idaho so I had to ask if they have alligators in Idaho. He said, “No, there aren’t any alligators in Idaho” and so my response was to ask him if his nickname had anything to do with their moving to Florida. We had a little chuckle then I gathered up most of his gator collection, some of the most interesting bottles, and his M & M collection.
Making our way back to the truck, our arms burdened with our finds and a little lighter of pocket, we already had some ideas of how to use these new treasures. These are an ideal draw for the kids for the upcoming exhibit we’re planning to do and once you get the kid’s attention, Mom and Dad will look too. Having another baker’s dozen of items to use in the shop didn’t stop my hubby from stopping in again this morning. Boy, I’m glad he did. Apparently our interest in his gators got him thinking about other gators he could part with and so we have added several new gator items to our collection.
I know I only get to keep them a little while, but I sure will enjoy them until they find a new home.
Ok, I know it’s kinda ridiculous to get so giddy over something that may be common, but I’ve never seen such a thing in my life. If you have, leave a comment. I’m wondering if I could make this particular plant an instant ball with so many flowers.
So this is a Leonameana x Stricta hybrid and it has five (yes, 5), flower buds on this single plant. Hard to believe, but I captured this beauty with my camera so you could believe what your own eyes see.
Well, it’s the beginning of a new year and we have outgrown our little nursery. That means it’s time to build a bigger, better nursery. This baby will be a 12 x 18 lean to nursery against the side of our “big shed”. I can’t wait to get the roof panels and sides up so I can start building my plant racks and shelves for our finished pieces.
Yes, I love seeing them all around me inside, but really, it becomes a little too much when most of the family room is taken up by my “babies”. Good thing the cold front waited until after Christmas, we’d never fit the whole family in for Christmas Eve dinner otherwise.
So here are a few pics of the project and I’ll keep adding as the work progresses. So exciting……
Ok, this post doesn’t really have anything to do with the weather, but we came across a lot of questions during our first show over the Black Friday weekend.
So, for the most part we found that our snowbirds down for the winter had a lot of questions about air plants (apparently they are better known as air ferns up north). We’d like to take a little space to let people know just how easy it is to enjoy air plants, no matter where you are.
So the most wonderful thing about air plants is that they don’t need dirt. This means they’re not banned from the office like many other plants (no dirt=no bugs). It makes them the perfect gift for coworkers, bosses, and other peers in professional settings for the holiday season.
While we explained that air plants need more than air, it doesn’t take a whole lot of time or energy to care for them. As long as they get bright light without direct sun and water, they are good to go. They even do well with fluorescent lighting. As far as water, some our pieces are misted or sprayed every other day and others can be submerged for 20-30 minutes twice a week. With the dozens of pieces we have and the small nursery, it only takes me about 10 minutes to care for the many we have.
That brings us to why they are our favorites. Without the need for soil, they can be mounted on nearly anything and almost anything is fair game for holding them. Now, you see all kinds of globes and terrariums for air plants, but don’t forget they need air circulation too. In fact, we’ve gotten loyal patrons by fielding questions and advising them on prior purchases from other sellers that were not thriving or even dying.
So, that’s the lowdown on these wonderful plants and why they make great gifts for anyone, especially all those “green” friends and family.
So comment, send an email, or visit us on Etsy to see what we’ve done with these marvelous plants and enjoy!
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