Hi Friends! While the snow is falling outside, I’ve been cooking up a new DIY project. I’ve been thinking lately about how to brighten up my dining room. Things get dreary during the winter. And on all these dark days that end at 4:00 (why God, why?!) there’s nothing better than a little greenery to spruce up the table and remind us of the imminent spring!
I’m a plant lady, and over the years I have discovered that I have a green thumb. I have several plants that I’ve had for over 5 years… a miracle really. I used to be a plant killer. I attribute this to way too much love. I would water those succulents daily, which is a big no no. But once I discovered a secret or two about caring for plants, like only water your aloe plant once a month, I started accumulating plants rapidly. By the way, if you use aloe and you overwater, you’ll notice the leaves turn purple and mushy. You can just trim the affected limbs and it’ll regenerate. Amazing!
One of my favorite weekend activities is to go plant shopping. There’s a few really great places to go here in Nashville. My favorite is Gardens of Babylon at the Nashville Farmers Market in Germantown. I found a little fiddle leaf fig there for $25 and it has grown a foot since I bought it three months ago! If you’re looking for a rare plant or something you won’t find just anywhere, that’s the spot.
This centerpiece is a really easy project. You’ll need three succulents, some quick draining or moisture control soil, rocks for the bottom of your pot if it doesn’t have a hole, or you can put rocks on top for decoration. Then you’ll need a shallow 10 inch wide planter and a vintage plate or terra cotta drainage plate underneath.
Choosing the right plants for the centerpiece is important. You’ll want a nice variety, so I think a good rule of thumb is one large floral one, a sedum or something with more of a spray look, and something with texture. I chose a sedum pork and beans… A hilarious name I know. That’s the one with the reddish tips that look like beans. They’re drought tolerant, which is great. My flower-looking plant is an Echeveria “Frosty” which has that nice violet color. My little fuzzy guy I believe is a Echeveria “Green Velvet.” This is what I used for a little texture. Another good one to use would be Haworthia, the little aloe plants with the zigzagged white texture.
The first step is to put a layer of soil on the bottom of the pot just high enough so that your plants can sit on top and the base of the plant is the height of the pot’s rim. If you have a pot with no drainage hole, make sure you add a one inch layer of rocks to the bottom of the pot before putting in the soil. Arrange your plants in a triangle on top of the layer of soil. Then pour soil around the edges of each, pressing down to pack, making sure that the soil comes to the base of the plant. Add a few rocks to the surface. Place a vintage plate or a drainage plate underneath. Voila!
One of my favorite secrets to keeping plants healthy is to dust them off with a paintbrush. The paintbrush is a gentle way to keep the leaves looking good and capable of absorbing enough light, which is very important! Dust prevents this from happening, so dust them frequently.
So there you have it! A beautiful centerpiece in the midst of the winter doldrums. I’d love to see a picture if you end up making one! XOXO