urbansucculents

Urban Gardening With Succulents in Beautiful Vancouver, BC


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Flower Power

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Today was a good day.  It was my first day of work during the spring season and as a kind gesture the garden store I work at was handing out cut daffodils.  I had the satisfying job, as a cashier of handing out the flowers to customers.  It really made the six-hour shift go by incredibly fast.  It was alarming to see how happy flowers make people. 

Toddlers loved receiving the promotional gift, a quote from one toddler was “When I get home I am going to put this in the ground” (how adorable!).  Another one said “how beautiful” while gleaming at the flower. Though it wasn’t just toddlers who were moved by the flowers, there were young adults, parents and even grandparents whose faces instantly brightened up. One customer even left to grab a jar filled with water from his car to keep his cut flower happy during the ride home.  The majority of those who accepted the daffodil wore a large grin and walked out of the store in a better mood then they came in.

 It got me wondering why receiving a single cut daffodil from a garden store can leave such a positive impact?  Some of the thoughts I had were that receiving flowers brings recognition and the feelings of being cared and loved… I am still unsure what about flowers make people so happy, me included, but I would love to hear any ideas 🙂


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The Gift of Giving

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I wanted to share my experience today and how it has changed my perception of giving.  It didn’t hurt that today was a beautiful day.  Today, I made a conscious effort to be warm and open in a class that I really like, even though I bombed my last exam.  Instead of the usual five minutes of playing with my phone before class began I decided to engage with my neighbour instead.  Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a huge stretch as we have become acquaintances and we usually sit together.  I thought it would be nice to ask her what her plans for the weekend were and engage in conversation.  What I didn’t expect was the change in my mood.  From engaging with her she reciprocated and throughout the lecture we make jokes and even talked for a few minutes after class.  What I am meaning is that by giving someone else my attention and interest I gained the same if not more from my neighbour than she did for me. 

The same thing happened today while grabbing bags from the car for the thrift store.  While I was running (seriously running) back to the store I saw an elderly man walking his dog.  The dog leaped towards me with its tail wagging so I couldn’t help but ask the man if I could pet the cute fluff ball.  While playing with the dog the man told me about his dog, asked me what I was doing, and even gave me a friendly wave bye after I told him to have a great day. This really made my day and I couldn’t be happier I stopped and took the time to meet a stranger. 

I guess what I am trying to say is that we have so much to gain from giving to others.  It truly brings happiness to you and the person who receives what you are offering.  This doesn’t have to be a huge gift, I noticed the emotional benefits today and I was only giving my attention.  I strongly believe giving back to your community in any way not only builds a strong and beautiful community but also allows you to feel connected and experience belonging. 

I will leave you with a picture of the succulent I planted up today for one of my close friends 19th birthday.  Have a great weekend! 

 


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Dinosaur Terrariums

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I had the best day soaking up some vitamin D and thought I would share one of my favourite DIY projects, terrariums! My two terrariums make me giggle constantly (this is a result of me changing the position of the dinos so they look like they are snacking on my succulents or cacti).  They didn’t take long to make and they are a great addition to any space (it is almost like having a miniature world within a room).  These are the simple steps to creating a teeny ecosystem.

1)   Get your hands on some plants! These can be succulents and cacti (require very little water and attention) or mosses and other tropical (these will thrive in a moist environment)

2)   Find some fun containers. These can range from fishbowls to wine glasses anything will do (thrift stores are the place to pick these up for a steal)

3)   Potting soil and sand.  I first mixed potting soil with sand to help with the drainage (succulents and cacti hate their roots being wet) and added more sand to the top (this made it look pretty as well)

4)   Spice it up! I used rocks I found at the beach (make sure to boil them to get rid of the salt water before placing them in your terrarium if you do so).  My final addition has been my two dinos! I picked them up a whole bag of them at the thrift store for 99 cents. They are the best!

This project is great because each one has such a unique personality! They make great gifts and are extremely low maintenance.  These guys have been going strong for close to a month now and I barley water them.  About once a week I mist them with my spray bottle.  I have mine in my window and they seem content.  If you have any questions please ask or if you create your own I would love to see them 🙂ImageImage

Happy planting!

  

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Teacup Succulents

Hello,

Hope the weather is beautiful where you are reading from because it just turned to the oh so common Vancouver downpour here.  On the plus side, I get to be bundled by the fire listening to the rain (I love the sound of rain) and the city of Vancouver will stay lush and green.

Today I thought I would share with you my cute little teacup succulents! I love these guys and they seem very happy up in the windowsill.  All it took to bring them to life was…

1)   Plants! I chose succulents because I am obsessed with them and they are extremely forgiving if you forget to water them.  Though you may want to experiment with a different house plant

2)   Teacups. The teacup I used once belonged to my grandma and the other small pot was picked up at a thrift store for 25 cents

3)   Drainage. The ideal set up for your plants is to drill a hole through the bottom of the teacup and have a saucer underneath but I put some gravel on the bottom and mixed my potting soil with sand and so far they have been happy

4)   Enjoy.  The fun part is putting them together and getting to see them on the daily.

 

I Hope I have inspired you to give it a try! Have a great day! Image

 

 


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Hello!

Hello world!
I am new to blogging so this will take me some time to get the hang of but I thought I would quickly introduce myself. I am presently a university student with a passion for hockey, hiking, exploring, crafting, gardening and creating. To be concise I love nature!
Since landing the most amazing part-time job at a local garden store, I have found a new love for gardening and have come to understand the happiness plants can bring into people lives. I now assist kind and animated customers at the garden store compared to the commonly grumpy and rushed customers at the grocery store I once worked at. Maybe it is the beautiful spring weather and break from the Vancouver rain that makes people so friendly in the garden store but I believe there is more to it.
I have come to understand from just over a year of part-time work, that gardening makes people feel purposeful and needed. Gardening brings about the responsibility to remember to water, to fertilize and to be attentive. Caring for something other than oneself allows for acts of compassion for other living organisms. It is truly a therapeutic practice caring for plants and it can be rewarding in many cases. After my first year of starting a vegetable garden with my family I experienced a few disasters (the broccoli bolted and went to seed along with the bok choy) and a handful of success (fresh lettuce, butternut squash, snap peas and some good-looking corn if I don’t say so myself!). I am getting off topic but what I was trying to explain is that not only are there intrinsic benefits to gardening but there are tangible benefits as well. There is fresh organic produce waiting to be grown in even the smallest urban spaces! It just takes some creativity and patience.
It’s time to finish a paper and maybe a quick flip through Fine Gardening but I will leave you with a picture of my neighbour’s adorable cat that I kitty-sit for. In the background you can see her amazing urban garden. My neighbour has made amazing usage of a fairly small space and transformed it into a secret garden. I will upload better photos of it soon!
Goodnight!

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