Saturday, May 19, 2012

Succulents in Peat Pots

I love planting succulents in flower beds and containers. They are so easy to grow, are very drought tolerant, make beautiful accents in containers, and are excellent ground covers in perennial borders.
 There are so many varieties of succulents; they add wonderful texture.
Variety: "Hens and Chicks" (cute name):
Variety: "Stonecrop"

These crown pots started out as recycled paper seed starters from the Dollar store. They were then cut into the shape of a crown. Click HERE for the crown template
I used the same crown template on scrap fabric for a crown and attached it to the peat pots using mod-podge. After that I applied a coat of gesso over the fabric. It gives a wonderful chalky texture to the fabric. This is my first time working with gesso, and I have to say I'm loving it! Thank you Rosemary at Villabarnes for introducing me to gesso. This product is wonderful and if you want to see more of the wonderful projects created by her, then click HERE. Next, I just hand stamped different Frenchy graphics on the pots:
I used a painter's round brush and craft paint for the black trim at the top of the crown:

Succulents in  cute peat pot crowns make wonderful party favors for my Garden Luncheon:

Basket filled with pruned  dappled willow branches from the front yard:
I love the striking variegated leaf of the Japanese Dapple Willow tree. It makes a beautiful addition in any landscaping:
Its slender branches and unique foliage look so pretty in the basket:

My guests loved these succulents peat pots as gifts:
Since they are biodegradable, these decorated peat pots can be planted directly in the flower beds:
Here's a sneak peek of my Garden Party table, which deserves its own separate post, I think.
It is a pleasure to have you visit me and I always appreciate you taking the time to leave me such wonderfully sweet comments. I hope you enjoyed these succulents in peat pots as much as I. 
And my thanks to Mary @ Very Merry Vintage Style and Jann @ Have a daily cup from Mrs Olson for featuring my French postcard pillow HERE and HERE. Also, my gratitude to dear Maya @ Completely Coastal for sharing my decorated fabric book covers with her readers HERE.
Thank you ladies! Stop by and say hi to them if you get a chance or join their weekly parties if you want to share your creative project of the week:)

Have a beautiful weekend everybody!

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kitty said...

What a cute idea using the peat pots from DT!! I love succulents, too, and yours look so pretty in the vignette.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Your peat pots are just too cute. Thanks for the shout out. Glad you got around to trying gesso. It really is a fun medium.

Sarah said...

Poppy, your vignette is lovely. I've just tried my hand at growing succulents this spring and planted three different pot of succulents on our back terrace. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Aledia said...

Those are gorgeous and I just love the little crowns! Thank you for sharing the template with us!!

Have a wonderful Sunday!
Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Toni said...

Your pots turned out beautiful. I have some succulents that I need to transplant, I may have to go find some of these peat pots. Your table looks lovely - can't wait to see the full reveal. Visiting from SS & am a new follower. Enjoy your Sunday.

Judy Bigg said...

Great idea using the pots from DT. Very pretty vignette, can't said to see the whole table.

The Tablescaper said...

Wonderful pots. Great work. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This is a very sweet project! We all love crowns and making everything even prettier! Very nice touch! Enjoy your week! We're getting a little shower right now!

Miss Kitty said...

Ummmm....I think I am in love!!!...with your transformed peat pots. I was wondering what I could give as party favors at a get together next week...I think I have found it. Thanks so much for this great tutorial. I saw your post over at "Tabletop Tuesday". I look forward to your post about your Garden Party.

Debbiedoo's said...

You are just so cute Poppy. WHat a pretty post. I see you are having fun in picmonkey too, that darn place is too much fun, and time consuming. Love your photos though.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Those are really pretty! I've been wanting to do a tray of succulents for a few years now and just never have gotten around to it.

AshTreeCottage said...

Great idea and a charming vignette!

Susan and Bentley

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh this all looks so beautiful. I agree the peat pots are so adorable!! Your photos are just so pretty and your table and plants look amazing.

very merry vintage style said...

Adorable! Love them. Stop by and link up if you have time

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...


Very well done, and your pictures and your outdoor landscapes are beautiful as well!

xo, Jersey Girl said...

love the little pots and the hat!! nice job!!

New follower from the blog hop :) Can't wait to catch up your posts!

Hopefully you get a chance to stop by my blog.

xo, Jersey Girl

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

These are so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a fabulous display and the peat pots are gorgeous. How creative are you. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Cozy Little House said...

What a great idea! I love succulents too. Just planted a succulent pot a few weeks ago.

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

What a great idea--I love projects that start with Dollar Store finds!

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Love succulents and those pots are so charming. We'd love for you to share them on our Outdoor Extravaganza!

chateau chic said...

What cute little pots, and I love the fact you can plant the succulents as is right in the ground.
Mary Alice

Sherry said...

Your peat pots are adorable! I'm visiting from the Picket Fence and I'm now following, I would appreciate if you could follow back. Thanks

Jann Olson said...

Poppy, you are always so clever. Love, love the peat pots made in to crowns. I can see why your guests loved them. I use to use gesso alot, but haven't for quite some time. I need to try some again. I use succulants alot for my metal planters. The metal attracts heat and they don't mind. Thanks for sharing this with Share Your Cup and you're welcome for being featured. It was well deserved!

~ Tami said...

Adorable! My favorite is the fleur de lis, hands down!
I would love to invite you to join us and link up at our Friday Block Party at Curb Alert! The link is live now and throughout the weekend. Hope to see you there!
Tami @ Curb Alert!

Maria said...

What pretty pots, really nice! What a nice way to decorate them!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Those pots are so darling! I can't believe you made them from dollar store seed starter pots ... so very clever of you! And frugal of you!



Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

Hi Poppy--Thank you for visiting my blog! You asked me about hydrangeas. I have mine planted with western exposure, so they get morning sun and afternoon shade, and they do well in this light situation. You might want to check how much light your hydrangeas are getting in terms of lack of blooms. I honestly don't water them much, except in the heat of summer, but I also live in the Pacific Northwest where we get a lot of rain. I also don't feed mine much, either, and they are covered in flowers. A late spring frost can also damage newly forming flower buds. Another question would be if and how you pruned them. Some hydrangeas bloom on new wood, and some on old wood, depending upon the specific variety that you grow. My suggestion is to do an Internet search of "How to get hydreangeas to bloom" and look for answers from garden nurseries or horticulture depts. of local universities. You should see several tips that may help. Good luck--I hope they bloom for you!

Linda said...

Darling idea...The little crowns are quite lovely. I really have enjoyed your vignette.

Barbara said...

What a clever idea! You are so smart. They look so cute and really show off the succulents. I am sure your guests enjoyed bringing one home.

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Adorable! Love them all this is a great Idea. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Tablescape. I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day with your family this weekend.
XXOO Diane

Ivy and Elephants said...

The peat pots are just adorable! I love that you cut them into the shape of a crown. I'm going to give them a try and maybe add a little bling, too!
Thanks for sharing!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello! This looks so fantastic! You are so creative! Love the French peat pots and adore the succulents! You've done a marvelous job - I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden thursday,

Kathy said...

what a great job, you totaled changed the appearance from a drab peat pot. I love Gesso. I love your french vignette. I am a first time visitor, coming from a linky party. Drop by for a visit. kathy

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Absolutely delightful images. I would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas. Take care Anu

Barbwire Pretty said...

Lovely blog and really cute French style little pots.
All the best

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Hi Poppy, Your project is being featured from the Outdoor Extravaganza Plants & Flowers link party!

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Poppy!

I am finally here to see what you shared at my party last week! Sorry for being so last but I am just up to 'here' with 'stuff'.

I have noticed succulents are everywhere this year. Don't remember that so much in the past. HomeGoods has tons of faux ones, but the other day they even hare real ones!

I Love you little peat pots. You but be to shame with all your projects! I have used Gesso way in the past during my creative painting era. I have also visited Rosemary of Villabarnes.

Thanks again for sharing at my party!

xoxo Bunyy Jean

Sherry said...

What a great way to upscale peat pots. They're lovely!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I just love the little crowns! Thank you for sharing the template. I am tucking this sweet idea away for sure. I am your newest follower. Visiting from the Cozy Home Party.

very merry vintage style said...

Beautiful french-style pots! Thanks for linking up to STL Wednesday!

Geneva said...

Beautiful post! I love the peat pots and your photographs look like they belong in a magazine! Thank you for the inspiration!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

... so happy you shared at our Great Outdoors link party!



Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Fun peat pot upgrades, so pretty. Thank you for sharing this, too!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I love how you decorated your peat pots. They are so cute!!!

Linking from Rose Vignettes,
Ricki Jill

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild .com said...

I love the French theme.

Thank you for sharing and participation in the party .
We'll feature a few people and have a new party tomorrow.

Hope to see you there again!

~ Tami said...

Thank you so much for linking up to our previous Friday Block Party at Curb Alert! I would love for you to link up again this week and look forward to what you have to share, the link is up and running all weekend.
Thanks! Tami @ Curb Alert!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Your crown peat pots are so adorable!