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ImageDutchlady1
Feb 26, 2011 2:37 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
I was recently inspired by a picture I saw on a Bromeliad seller's website of a 'Living Wall'.

I had been thinking of ways to make something similar without breaking the bank.

As luck would have it, the first thing I came across this morning at a yard sale was one of those plastic frames that you use to make concrete 'brick pathways'. It immediately got my creative juices flowing. That was $ 1, good buy.....
So I went to the Hardware store and bought a bag of sphagnum moss $ 5, a roll of chicken wire $ 12 (plenty left) and some odds and ends $ 3. So far I was at $ 21.
Then I enlist DH's help....
Cover the back with the chicken wire.

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ImageDutchlady1
Feb 26, 2011 2:38 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Meanwhile the sphagnum moss was soaking in a tub, and as soon as the back was done, I started filling the sections with the moss.

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ImageDutchlady1
Feb 26, 2011 2:43 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Wouldn't you know it? I needed more moss. One more trip to the store. Another $ 5.

Then when all the moss was in, we used more of the chicken wire to cover the front. It was surprisingly easy to hammer nails into the hard plastic. Only hit my fingers once.

DH was being helpful with this process, so in the meantime, I was 'shopping' in my yard for small Bromeliads to use. Also picked up some Cryptanthus; wished I had more, they seemed to have faded.

I started filling the frame. For the larger plants I had to cut a section of the chicken wire but the smaller ones I could just tuck in. The really small Cryptanthus were held in place with fishing line.


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ImageDutchlady1
Feb 26, 2011 2:46 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Shopping some more. Settled on a couple of Pineapple pups that will soon get too big but by then I hope to have a few more of the other kind of Bromeliads.

Now it is finished. The recommendation is to not hang it up straight away, until the plants 'take', but then I intend to hang it on my wall for my first 'Vertical Garden'
Woolly Pockets, move over!

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ImageDutchlady1
Feb 26, 2011 2:48 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
I welcome suggestions. For one thing, should I have added different plants? Should I cover the chicken wire with something like Spanish Moss? Anything else?

This was a very first try and relatively problem-free, but I am sure it can be improved on!
FCNSeeds
Feb 26, 2011 3:13 PM CST
Name: Bruce
Naples, Fl (zone 10a)
Looks Great! Always happy to help... DH
"Come forth into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher. "
- William Wordsworth
Imagegemini_sage
Feb 26, 2011 3:50 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Love it! Very clever re-purposing!
ImageSharon
Feb 26, 2011 5:48 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Great idea, Hetty!! (Good job, Bruce!)

I'm wondering what I could substitute for the Bromeliads since they don't grow year round outside here.
ImageDutchlady1
Feb 26, 2011 6:19 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Echeverria, any kind of plants that stay compact. Or you could put it inside Smiling
Imagegardenersdetective
Feb 26, 2011 8:08 PM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Brilliant Hetty. Bet the succulent collectors would like this as well.
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ImagePerennialgirl
Feb 26, 2011 11:33 PM CST
Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
Hetty what a great idea!!
ImageDutchlady1
Feb 27, 2011 5:37 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Thanks but I can't take credit, the website at Bullis Bromeliads got me inspired.
Imagetaters55
Feb 28, 2011 8:37 AM CST
Name: Linda Cartwright
Del Rio, Texas
http://succulentscactiwreaths.com/
Like this one?
A Crafty Cubit
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. James Dean

ImageDutchlady1
Feb 28, 2011 9:44 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Just gorgeous! I need to do something like that next.
Remember last year Kathy did that topiary horse in succulents?
Imagegardenersdetective
Feb 28, 2011 11:35 AM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Beautiful wreaths. Wow pretty pricey website. Remarkable how much better plant prices are in my area. By June and July last year very full healthy plants in 4" pots went on sale for $1.
ImageKatg
Mar 1, 2011 10:15 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Hetty, I absolutely LOVE IT! There was a kit for this that was selling last year, but I like yours a lot better. Most of my succulents passed away in my horse topiary as it's just too hot and humid! They actually melted. The echiverria does well though. Can't wait to see how yours matures. I think the use of Broms is an excellent idea!
ImageDutchlady1
Mar 1, 2011 10:41 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Oh a kit? Tell me more!!
Sorry to hear your horse's hide melted (good mental image....) Hilarious!
ImageKatg
Mar 1, 2011 10:59 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

Check this one out! I was looking for the kit and came across this...it's pretty ambitious!

Sphagnum Moss, Topiaries and Living Walls
ImageKatg
Mar 1, 2011 11:19 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Here are some kits - the price is outrageous! It almost looks like they are using wall fountains like the ones I have in my entryway. Also looks like shoe hangers for the planting shown in the video. (now that's an idea!).

Plantsonwalls.com
ImageDutchlady1
Mar 1, 2011 11:33 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Oh I think I'll just order me a dozen or so - NOT. Those are some prices!!
But it does give me ideas for planting using a mixture of plants. I wasn't sure whether to go with just Bromeliads or to mix it up.
Thanks Kathy. Good to see you here by the way!

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