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!
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.