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Succulents | Manolo for the Home

NtB Loves: Succulents

In one of my upstairs rooms, I keep what my wonderful old Opa calls a Wintergärten. Being that it’s upstairs and therefor both out of sight and out of mind, my little indoor garden is by necessity made up of plants that thrive without much help from me and mine. Oh, and did I mention that while my house gets all sorts of gorgeous southern light, the upstairs has no south-facing windows. When we choose plants, we can’t be too picky.

Succulents, as a result, are all we keep other than spider plants, which share a common trait with succulents in that they don’t mind much if you forget to water them or go away for a week or the sun doesn’t show itself for the entire month of July. According to Wikipedia, succulents, also known as fat plants because their water-retaining properties make them look positively chubby, have evolved all sorts of adaptations that make them perfect for the lazy gardener. They can be green or pink or some combination of orange, yellow, and red. Some succulents even look like stones!

Aren’t they gorgeous? Especially when grown in vintage tins and cups!


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You can grow them yourself from seeds, or let someone else do the work for you. The succulents above in their darling little pots come from Etsy seller Monkeys Always Look, purveyor of both fine succulents and vintage housewares.

3 Responses to “NtB Loves: Succulents”

  1. sterlingspider October 7, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

    Ooh thank you! I’ve been thinking of getting some greenery into my house but my thumb is about as far from green as it gets.
    I love the look of succulents (they have such great texture!) but hadn’t even really though about getting any for some reason.

  2. Never teh Bride October 8, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    The best part about succulents is that they are perfectly happy to be ignored for long stretches of time.

  3. marvel October 9, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    Have you ever read Dorothy Sayers’ “Busman’s Honeymoon?” I’ve never looked at a cactus the same way again.