Sunday, August 1, 2010

Green Thumb Sunday - My Garden Has Sole

Back in the seventies, when I was in high school, a girl that I knew planted a teeny palm in a ceramic boot. I loved plants at the time, especially succulents, but they were hard to come by since there were no garden centers and mass merchants where I lived like there are today. Plus mostly what I could afford were small plants meant for terrariums...remember those?

Anyway, for all these years (and there have been LOTS of years) I have thought about planting succulents in real shoes. My blogger friend Cinde has a shoe garden she calls "garden of lost soles" and has inspired me to finally use that idea that's been in the back of mind for far too long.
So.....a few succulents.....

Some potting medium...........

And, the star of the shoe, er show................


Fill the toe areas with a little moss........

Add some sole, er soil.....................

Stick in a succulent...............

And this is what you get!

These shoes already look better and all they have is potting medium!

Add a couple trailing succulents in these....................

These bowling shoes were working shoes in their first life....now they have a new job!

After I got home from the thrift shop with the shoes I was a little disappointed to realize these were terra cotta colored and may not look like real shoes :(

Once filled they REALLY looked like shoe shaped clay pots. Bummer...

Water them down and they look MUCH better :)

My little collection. Now what to do with them. I considered grouping them all together but decided to incorporate them into my bromeliad borders since there are some sparse areas. The beauty of these is that they can easily be moved if I changed my mind - much different than planting something in the ground.

Stylish pumps...........


Bowling anyone?..............

Baby boots......................

I don't even know what to call these things other than ugly.
Thanks Cinde for inspiring me! Keep up the good work on your blog - I love it.

3 comments:

Julie said...

Oh, gosh, Vickie, when I first saw the shoes I was wondering how they would acgually look, but man they are adorable! I love the variety of shoes, and even the white ones turned out well. I like how you arranged them in and around your broms! What a fun project!!! I may need to trade in my tires for shoes!!! LOL.

Rusty in Miami said...

Cool idea, I am starting to plant succulents too. I got a book that peak my interest.

Susan said...

Love your succulent planters. My favorite is the pair of shoes that look like terracotta pots. You placed them nicely in the garden, too.

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