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Succulents on Ice

Glass mulch can be a pricy indulgence, one I don’t often make. But I was recently given a pound of some icy mulch from Building REsources in San Francisco. Why can’t I always get presents like this? What luxury to plunge one’s hands into a whole sack of this stuff and dress up whatever pot needs a little icing. Rich as Croesus is how I feel.

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Icy chips for Senecio medley-woodii and Sedum dasyphyllum var. major.

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This Aeonium balsamiferum used to be upright, a tower of leafy rosettes, but then maturity and gravity caused its branches to tumble down (happens to plants too), which exposed bare soil on the surface of the pot.

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Today when I passed by the collapsed aeonium pot, I remembered that, for the moment at least, I was flush with glass mulch. This hand-thrown pot, brought back in a suitcase from an English pottery, made the trip back intact, only to get chipped here at home, but the aeonium now happily exploits the flaw and spills through the breach. I ultimately decided to tuck in a couple echeverias I had handy into the soil around its collapsed branches. And then I topped it off with a little glass mulch for good measure.

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Just like everything else horticultural, fine glass and stone mulches can be addicting. There’s a new store in town, Exotic Pebbles & Aggregates that I can’t wait to check out.

4 comments to Succulents on Ice

  • Hi. What a beautiful post. Wish I could see more of the stones though…but your sux are really beautiful! I have used the inexpensive glass rocks, but this just takes everything over the top! Will check it out. Wish I could find beach glass like we used to be able to as kids!!!

  • Great look. and shout out to Building REsources. Odd enough, still have not made it over there. Seriously, this place looks like this weekend trip. Matti

  • Beautiful glass and such a great for succulents! Lucky lucky you:)

  • Cindy

    Gorgeous pots! They’re scrumptious and then you added icing — gotta put such a present on my wish list for the future…

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