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.
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.
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!
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!).
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!