Big Pot of Succulents

When I went to Aw Pottery the other day, it was to get a big pot to make a mix of succulents in. I had a bunch of smaller potted succulents and a large Echeveria that really needed a more permanent home. I was looking for some kind of trough, but the troughs they had looked really, well, fake Italian (Aw imports their pottery from Asia, primarily). I'm not much interested in things that pretend to be something and don't quite make it. I would rather have something that was what it was.

Here's the Echeveria starting to bloom right before I transplanted it:

Echeveria bloom

I settled on this deeper-than-I-wanted pot. I don't know why I was so set on square, but square it had to be, and Aw had no shallow square bowls. Or, they might have, but it's so crammed full over there that I would never have been able to find it. But the depth doesn't bother me as much as it might, because it brings the plants closer to me. I'm guessing this is going to be out of control fairly soon, though; I kind of overplanted it.

Succulent planter

I got most of the smaller succulents on sale at Trader Joe's, no labels. Usually that practically gives my control-freak nature hives, but somehow I was able to let it be in the name of cheap plants. And I'm really enjoying the Echeveria, purchased at the Cabrillo College sale this spring, carefully labeled and all.

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posted by ayse on 09/10/06

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