Kokedama Succulents for Christmas

Last Christmas, I shared my project on making succulent kokedama to decorate my 6 foot pencil cactus. It’s getting down to 19 degrees tonight, and my houseplants take over my thoughts.

Kokedama succulent ornaments

My kokedama tree spent the summer outside on the porch. Most of the original succulents had to be replaced once or twice before spring. I would call it trial and error growing them into kokedama during the winter.

Kokedama succulent ornaments

Spring came, and they thrived (despite me being too busy with daylilies to keep up with their watering).

Kokedama succulent ornaments

I think I have around 18 now. Most came from Home Depot. I’m thinking I’ll get ribbons or bows for them for Christmas.

Kokedama succulent ornaments

The challenge is that the pencil tree sits along a wall with no plugs. I do boost light from a few feet away, but can’t really hang lights on the tree.

Kokedama succulent ornaments

I love succulents because of their wide array of leaf colors/ shapes and ease of care. The kokedama only need to take a swim every 2-4 weeks.

Kokedama succulent ornaments

I’ll try to post an update after I decorate them. In the meantime, stay warm.

Kokedama succulent ornaments

Five Months Until Christmas!!!

The rain is pouring outside as the thunder crashes.  It was hot today and I had over 70 blooms, again. For some reason, the 7/25 hit me as 5 months until Christmas.  The daylilies will lie still under the ground and snow; under layers of leaf mulch.  I will be inside bored and playing with orchids and poinsettias as the daylilies rest before the next season.  I thought I would share my two Christmas named daylilies from today as a reminder that the seasons change so quickly.

SantaFeChristmas7.25.2.jpg

Santa Fe Christmas 7/25

SantasPants7.25.1.jpg

Santa’s Pants 7/25

I got called in early to work, so my daylily photos had to wait until after work – late afternoon.  Some were a little weathered, but all were fully open (which is a challenge before work).  I had 3 new kids today – and I forgot to take a photo of Navajo Grey Hills.  I saw it but got distracted by all the others so had to blow up a photo of it in the background (see top photo).  Tired and out of sync.

NavajoGreyHills7.25.1

Navajo Grey Hills – 7/25

Today’s Premiers include Classy Lady – she was one that was either a bonus or an add on to a lily auction order.  I like her shape and color – she is a consistent bloomer.

ClassyLady7.25.1.jpg

Classy Lady 7/25

Tiger Kitten gave us her first purr for the season.  I am fairly sure she was a bonus.  Seriously, I paid nothing for many of my daylilies.  Others were only a few dollars online.  Nurse’s Stethoscope was my most expensive at about $100.  But, I helped to name her so it was a treat.  (She suffered a set back with the cold spring but finally has a scape.)

TigerKitten7.25.1.jpg

Tiger Kitten 7/25

The last Premier is Bella Boo.  I got Bella Boo and Platinum Pink Palet Whispers for $10 for 2 deal at a local nursery a couple years ago.  I stuck them in the same pot.  I think this might be Bella’s first bloom ever in my yard.

BellaBoo7.25.1

Bella Boo 7/25

My flowers are so beautiful at peak.  I love the huge spiders the most.  Tomorrow, we will see what blooms after the downpour.   PS – Speaking of Christmas and poinsettias, the cold spring has my plants looking like they should in mid-June.  Sort of wondering if they will come back enough before fall.