Succulents + Sugar Molds + Patience
Home is looking a bit greener these days.
A small set of succulents now sits at our kitchen table. They’re nestled in an old sugar mold we picked up a few months ago while down in Nashville, TN. I loved these things right away: rustic and weathered with endless practical purposes. A candle holder, a home for small plants, pens, crayons.
It’s a southern thing, Logan had said as I examined a few, looking for one who’s wood had just the right amount of bumps and nicks. He was right, as he so often is. We have since only seen one up north, its price tag much larger than its southern counterpart.
We’ve moved it from room to room, and for a while it even sat on the basement stairs, the resting place for all the things I haven’t quite wrapped my design thumb around. I tried candles, but had some trouble finding ones that fit. The circular shape of the mold is tapered, so a standard candle doesn’t rest as nicely.
It wasn’t until a few weekends ago that we finally found some green cuties to call the sugar mold home. Logan planted each succulent, taking care to gently loosen the roots before plopping down into the fresh dirt. Some moss was tucked around the top of the plant to help keep the soil healthy.
There’s a great deal of satisfaction in finding a place and a purpose for the things in your home. A bit of patience will allow a piece to settle and for you to consider it around your space. Logan pokes fun at my constant rearranging, but this activity helps me to see options, recognizing when something is working in a space and especially when it’s not.
If you're a perfectionist [like me] it's tough to let something be, especially when you know it's not quite right yet. But I'm learning to take a more patient, laid back approach to home decorating. If you're willing to do a little on your own, even just some minor planting, you can turn something ordinary to an eye-catching decoration that reflects and compliments the vibe of your home.
We don’t have the best history with keeping plants alive; just one lone Aloe Vera plant survived from our last attempt. So I’m proud to say that even a few weeks later, we’ve kept things just as green. Although, Floyd did cause the succulents to spill during a round of fetch once. I guess puppy training requires some patience too.
For some tips on how to grow healthy succulent plants, see this article by About Home.