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February 16, 2010

Bright containment

Our neighbors and fellow succulent aficionados, Bruce and Bonnie, held a sale this weekend. Bonnie had the great idea to combine two of her passions — succulents and retro ceramic containers — and sell them to the endless stream of hikers walking past their house toward the Mt. Rubidoux Park path. We stopped by Saturday morning, mistakenly thinking the sale was going on then, and were stunned at the number of mini succulent gardens Bonnie had put together … there were vintage containers of every description and size, all filled with complementary succulents and cacti. I immediately selected two for myself (the green, footed kidney, and the long orange peanut-shaped containers in the photo above) and said we’d be by Sunday morning to pick them up and see how business was going. I also offered to make them a hand-lettered sign in a suitable retro style; something I’ve loved doing since I was a teenager. I dropped it off later …

The next day we came by and the sign looked great, they had an amazing array of mini-gardens on sale and the weather was perfect. Traffic was a touch slow, being Valentine’s Day and all, but I was sure it would pick up as the morning wore on. In the meantime I paid for our selections from the day before, choosing two others, shown above. Aren’t they great? Bonnie did a nice job matching — and contrasting — shapes, colors and sizes of both pot and plant. What a terrific project for using succulent pups and cuttings from the garden, as well as for clearing out collectibles that might be getting out of hand. I haven’t checked in with B&B to see how well they did at their sale, but I did run into them again, still set up, while heading out on my Sunday evening walk. They said they’d replenished the merch several times during the day and met and spoken with tons of people interested in their drought-tolerant landscaping. What a fun way to spend the day, and if they made some money, that’s makes it even better … I’m sure they did well! They mentioned planning a drought-tolerant plant sale for the near future and when they give me the signal I’ll be sure to mention it here. (Plus, I get to do another sign!)

6 Comments leave one →
  1. mattisalomaki permalink
    February 16, 2010 11:32 am

    Wonderful containers. I love the variety of color and shapes. Matti

    • reubix1 permalink*
      February 16, 2010 1:00 pm

      Thanks for commenting, Matti, I saw some great stuff on your blog, too. The vertical succulent box, especially … I’m now officially on the lookout for something similar!

  2. Bonnie Reynolds permalink
    February 23, 2010 6:07 am

    hey, my planters do look pretty good in your photos…thanks for posting them. We had a good day and talked to interesting folks. Yes, we are planning a drought tolerant plant sale in the near future – you could say our yard will be on sale. All of our computers have been in computer fix-it with All American Computers on Market next to Starbucks [a plug because they have been so good] but now are back and up and running much better or I would have seen and responded to this wonderful post much sooner.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      February 23, 2010 6:15 am

      Thanks, Bonnie and sorry about your computer problems … you have some stuff in your garden I’d love to have cuttings from, so you know I’ll be at your next sale! Walked past your place tonight on my walk and thought I heard Rocky say hello …


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