Planting Outside the Box with Wayfair
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Inside my soul I adore plants and gardening. However as a kid I thought it was the worst idea ever. We grew up with a huge beautiful garden. My mom planted every vegetable and had strawberries, raspberries, and apple trees. All summer long you could find us weeding and working in the garden as our chores. It seemed like the worst chore ever. But the benefit was always there… I remember playing all day outside (after weeding 4 rows) and when we were hungry we just grabbed a snack in the garden. Seriously what an awesome childhood memory. Now that I am older I have found so much meditation and relaxation in this process. Long gone are the days of grumbling about working in the garden. Now I only wish I had more time to plant and grow.
I once read this book about Russian dachniks or gardeners. They talked about how having your feet and hands in the dirt made you happy. That there are microbes in the dirt that enter your body and release endorphins. I have no idea of the validity of this but I know that I love the concept. Perhaps it’s microbes or placebo but gardening, planting, and growing make my heart so full. And calms my mind. Gardening totally promotes well being. So when I had the opportunity to Plant Outside the Box with Wayfair I jumped right on creating my flour sifter planter!
One thing I have found about gardening is there are two type of gardeners. Those who go to a nursery and choose plants and pots and the like and get the project done. THEN there are the gardening artists, as I like to refer to them. They are the ones who find lost objects and turn them into grand outdoor art. Or they take random objects and use them in lieu of pots. Garden artists are those who create whimsical gardens that make you believe in fairies. These are the gardens of my dreams. My gardening goals.
Once I attended a very mature woman’s garden party. I mentioned to our hostess how incredible her garden was and how someday I hoped to create such amazing nature magic. She said to me, “Yes, it only takes about 50 years.” Oh my heart. Yes, a time and season for everything. Such wisdom comes from gardeners. And since I am soooo not there yet I am starting small with this wisdom in mind. When I created my vintage inspired flour sifter planter I had that mature garden goddess’ wisdom to remind me that, from little projects great gardens begin.
I am still feeling all giddy about this flour sifter planter and teacups. They are the perfect addition to my sunny kitchen window reminding me to get the dishes done, get outside, and plant more. It’s such a simple and quick way to add some flora to your home without taking forever to do. Plus, these guys can take a missed watering or two or five. They are hardy and easy to grow. Perfect for a busy Momma like me. Plus, they are totes trendy ha ha!
I had already planted the succulents in the little tea cups and they were ready to be propagated. That sounds fancy but it just means to make more succulent plant babies by cutting and replanting them. They are amazing and grow roots from the cut end. Isn’t that so magical? I’m always amazed by plants growth. Once you have your succulent cuts just add dirt and some moss and it’s pretty much done. No need to drill holes for drainage or anything, so if you decide to use your Tala Flour Sifter or tea cups after you have planted in them, they are still functional. And as you know I am all about functional and beautiful!
What alternative planters have you used before? Or what planter idea do you have? We would love to hear your ideas in the comments below!