Sucker for Succulents

Hello my friends, happy Monday morning!
I have not always been a lover of succulents.  Well, I've always loved hens and chicks because my mother had them in our garden.  I remember her telling me to plant them at the base of my Clematis's.  Why, you ask?  Because they like their head in the sun and their feet in the shade.  That's what mama would say.
But other than that, I always felt that they had too much of a desert feel.  Ha, ha, like Utah isn't considered a desert.
The last few years I have become somewhat of a sucker for succulents.  I've planted them in just about everything I find that is rusty and crusty.
This morning I tried my hand at planting them in an old bundt pan.
My friend, Kathy and I had seen this done on Instagram by Black Sheep Designs.
I didn't do anything to my pan other than wash it.  I love it's time worn look.  I'd say it's baked a cake or two in it's day, wouldn't you?  :)
They are really fun and easy to do.  Just turn the pan upside down and insert a round disc of oasis.  You can pick them up at the $1 store.  I had to trim mine a little to fit into the hole.
Plant with succulents.  I added touches of sheet moss, some white berries, and a few ribbon flowers.
Then mist.

While I was at it I decided to plant this old meat grinder.  I had painted the handle red a while ago.
Here are a few other succulent planters from my garden last summer.

The more unusual ones will not come back here in Utah, but I watch for them to come on sale for a good price.

I'm longing to see that green grass again!  Still buried in snow.  Last year we had such a mild winter that I had my entire yard raked and cleaned up for Spring by the end of February.  Crazy!!
Here are some of the other ways I have used succulents.

Anything galvanized is always a great choice for succulents because they can take the heat.

I love planting tool boxes and tool trays.  Couldn't find a photo of my tool box, but here are two trays.  Both of these always come back.  I just leave them out all winter long.

How about you?  Do you love succulents?  If not, I suggest you give them a chance.  I bet they will grow on you.  Well, not literally I hope!  lol!
However, one never knows.  They don't require a lot of dirt to grow.  ha, ha!
For more succulent ideas visit my Pinterest board,
SucculentsIt's new, so it's small, but you know it will grow!
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:


Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

WOW- you went from not liking them to serving them quite well, my sweet friend! I adore how you have them featured all over!

I actually squealed looking at that green grass too - oh, spring be here soon!

Have a wonderful week full of love, dear friend. Hugs. ♥♥♥

Mary Ann Potter said...

What creative ideas! I love old rusty things, too, and these beautiful plants complement them beautifully. I plant masses of marigolds. A lovely addiction, too

decorayadora said...

hola Jann querida!! que lindas y creativas ideas para tener bellos jardines de suculentas.espero que tenga un buen comienzo de semana

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Wow, what creative containers! Those things do grow anywhere don't they? They all look great!

Unknown said...

Wow Jann! I have succulent envy! You've done a wonderful job of showcasing them. I love them also and have a few that I pamper.

allisamazing said...

Your succulents are lovely. I've been thinking of getting some this year and your photos have convinced me that I should:)

Susie said...

Jann, I love those succulents. They all look so good. I like the hens and chicks too. Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

20 North Ora said...

Jann - Like you, I didn't use to like succulents. But, they are growing on me. There is a booth at the Flea Market every Saturday that has every kind of succulent you can imagine. They are gorgeous. You can bring in or buy any container and the lady will plant them for you. I'm trying to decide exactly what to take. You have given me some great idea.

Have a great week.


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I am not a lover of them, but I am getting to like them since we are still in a drought. We can now only water once a week on Saturday. So much for the El Nino that we are going to get. LOL I'll believe it when I see the rain coming down.
Have a great week.

Kim said...

I can't say I am really a fan of succulents, BUT, with all of yours looking ever so ravishing in those delectable containers, you might just change my mind.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...


I have become a huge fan of succulents, I would never have imagined it!
They thrive and are so colorful.
Great ideas on how to make them truly shine!

Debbie said...

Your ideas for planting succulents are great, and fun!
I also have them all over the place here at the lake....but you've given me some new ideas for this Spring...thank you for sharing.
Nice post!!

Rose L said...

Cute planting ideas. There are succulents planted in the gardens at the college where I work here in Oregon and I am always amazed how they last the winters.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Hi Jann, your post gives me hope for Spring. Love it! xx Jo

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

You definitely have a green thumb for the succulents. I tried growing hens and chicks in the garden and they died. I tried growing them in a metal pan with drainage and the dirt turned to mud (very rainy summer)and they died. I recently had the idea to put succulents in fairy gardens I am making but decided against it considering my luck. Yours are Gorgeous! I love all the unique containers you used but most especially the tool box.

Eilis said...

What a fun way to use a container! Great inspiration.

Pat said...

I did try hens and chicks here on the Prairie in a Terra cotta pot,
but they didn't survive the Winter.
I love all the inspiring planting "pots" you've used!!!
I will give them more thought once Spring arrives!!!

Tea in the Library said...

Love the color combination using the bundt pan and the cake plate. Inspiring use of Succulents and interesting planters. Cheers!

Winnie said...

Wowww planting in the old bundt pan is such a wonderful idea!! Honestly I fell in love with it :)
I do have plants in the apartments (my house-keeper takes care of them), and I think I'm going to follow you :)

Mimi said...

Jann, they really are the stellar plant for dry conditions aren't they. I never used to like them, but in our climate, they're absolute little champions! Mimi xxx

Unknown said...

Well here's how stupid I am - I had no idea you could grow these indoors - I shouldn't even admit that on a public forum LMHO !
They look beautiful Jann !

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

What a variety of ideas here! The most that I can recall is having some hens and chicks in my garden outdoors years ago / this is inspiring! :)

lynn cockrell said...

Jann, those succulents are gorgeous! The climate here is really pretty good for them, so it makes me wonder why I haven't planted more of them over the years. I have a Bundt pan like your planter, except mine is avadaco green. I have had mine since they came into vogue forty some odd years ago, when harvest gold and avacado green were popular. What were people thinking?! Your succulents look great in the gold one. I might just have to pull that old pan out and plant something in it!

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

I am a sucker for succulents too! You have done an amazing job of finding creative ways to plant them....especially using the pan and grinder, love all your inspiring ideas of using containers. Always love your creativity! Hugs, Poppy

living from glory to glory said...

Dear Jann, I never knew that they would do so well in all these different containers! I really need to try some this spring! Do you have to bring them in during the winter? Very cute and I will check out your board on Pinterest!
Happy Valentines Day...
Love, Roxy

The Tumbleweed Contessa said...

Ahhh...I had a meat grinder of my grandmothers that was just like that. It got lost somewhere! I love all your planting ideas.

Bernideen said...

Dear Jann:
Years ago in Texas I enjoyed cutting holes in cowboy boots and filling them with dirt and put those little hens and chicks in them. Yours are all unique and fun! So glad you shared Jann!

Lisa said...

These are some really cute ideas. I also think they would be pretty in a vintage tea pot. I have a bundt pan just like that one I use all the time!!! The older they are, the better they cook.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I love all of your succulent displays! Really cute!! I will have to try some of these when it gets a bit warmer here!!


Stacey said...

I remember your succulents from last summer and the unusual containers make them extra special.

Happy TOHOT! ;)

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

It was so great having you join in our new party today!
Thank you ever so much for sharing this creative post !

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Jann

Your succulent displays are all very creative! I used to have the same golden harvest bundt pan form the 70's! It actually broke in half when I dropped it one day, or I'd still be using it. I planted some succulents in my garden last summer and I am hoping they will survive the winter and re-grow this summer! The deer and rabbits don't seem to bother them!

Laura said...

I have fallen in love with succulents and now love to plant them in interesting containers just like you have!
Thank you for joining Thoughts of Home on Friday!

Diana said...

I would say you are the Queen of Succulents, Jann! My goodness you sure have a green thumb. I have some succulents inside, but only Sedum outside--both in the ground and in a galvanized watering can. It's so easy and stays green through the summer, then flowers late summer and turns dark red in fall. Thanks so much for linking up your gorgeous succulents at Vintage Charm.