I can’t take credit for this grotesque/gorgeous arrangement, succulent dealer Mike Dignan has that honor … but, I did ferret it out on his table at downtown Riverside’s farmers market Saturday morning. The slick/gnarly faux bois vase caught my eye from behind more conventional offerings he had for sale: I loved it immediately. I became even more lovestruck lifting it from the table, seeing that Mike had planted it with goofy/gorgeous succulents: living stones and baby’s toes!
Lithops, the ‘stones’, and fenestraria rhopalophylla, the ‘toes’, look just weird enough that they work in this naturalistic/unnatural-looking vessel. Mike said he’d picked the vase up for a song at a big box home decorating store … I’ll have to add them to the places-to-search-for-stuff list.
As for where to display this piece, I think someplace inside/out might work.