A world in a window – succulents do well in little containers with very little fuss

This is my mini-succulent garden, sitting in the east window of my kitchen.

This is my mini-succulent garden, sitting in the east window of my kitchen.

I love our apartment, which my husband built over our garage years ago, knowing we’d need a place to live when our kids grew up and moved out (waaaaaah, wah wah wah!) (sniffle!)

My favorite window is of course the window that sits right over the kitchen sink, where I spend a disproportionate amount of time. That’s okay, it’s an East facing window, looks out onto our old crepe myrtle, our pink powder puff tree, and our neat little yard, lined with flowers right now. The powder puff tree is starting to pop, and the butterflies have been coming around, flitting and fighting over the elaborate flowers. Pretty soon the myrtle will bloom, like a pink island floating over the lawn. 

I like plants inside too. I got this guy when my mom died.

I call this planter, "Cowboy with a pantsful of trouble."  Sometimes he gets little red flowers.

I call this planter, “Cowboy with a pantsful of trouble”.  There’s a nodule on the end of one of the cactus sticking out of his pants that should develop into a very pretty little red flower, we’ll see. 

I saved the Sierra Nevada beer can  to the right because it seemed like a big deal at the time, Sierra Nevada going into cans. I’m not a beer snob, and the can is really cute, so I put this tiny cactus in it. Look how it grew like a mushroom to avoid the sides of the can. 

My mom had this mini strawberry pot but neither of us had found anything that would grow in it until my son gave me this plant for my birthday. It really likes this pot, it's got little baby leaves all over itself.

My mom had this mini strawberry pot but neither of us had found anything that would grow in it until my son gave me this frilly cactus plant for my birthday. It really likes this pot, it’s got little baby leaves all over itself, all covered with tiny spines.

I like a plant called “echeveria” – my mom had pots and pots of it. I put some of it in the  ground, where it does fairly well. I thought I’d try it in this other little strawberry pot she had, and it’s doing great. I spray these with water from a mister bottle, and about once a week I pour a little water in the top.

This plant will suit itself to any rocky little crack, so it does find in a tiny pot.

This plant will suit itself to any rocky little crack, so it does fine in a tiny pot.

I like to collect rocks wherever I go, and junk. This cup my mom got at the Ponderosa when it was still  open is full of toys and junk I’ve found digging around my gardens over the years.  I found the old Christmas light intact after my husband roto-tilled the garden one year.  Everywhere we go  we find children’s toys and other kid off-castings, like the tiny scissors there, and the baby spoon with the Bakelite handle. And bottle openers, boy howdy I got bottle openers.  I am fascinated with tools, I can’t throw away an old hammer head or a rusty wrench.

Morning fellas - Hop Sing! Where's my coffee!

Morning fellas – Hop Sing! Where’s my coffee!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

 

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