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March 20, 2011

A stand-out

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!

Stones 'n 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.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2011 3:17 pm

    Man, I have really got to get out to Riverside. This is way cool.

  2. Megan permalink
    March 20, 2011 4:41 pm

    Love it!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 20, 2011 4:43 pm

      it’s got that weird/wow factor, right?!

  3. Mrs. Monstera permalink
    March 20, 2011 9:04 pm

    That’s so GORGEOUS…

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 20, 2011 9:11 pm

      I know, I couldn’t resist!

  4. March 21, 2011 7:44 pm

    Love the shape, just not the chrome finish…would a rust patina harmonize with the plants a little better?

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 21, 2011 9:19 pm

      I think rust would work just fine, too… I think what I liked most about this piece was the ‘wrong-ness’ of it: first, twisted branches in a chrome finish, then the too-small, knobby succulents instead of something longer, more relate-able in proportion to the vase… altogether weird and unexpected

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