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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
May 5, 2013 9:33 PM CST
Hmmm... I wonder if some pieces of glass might be positioned in a way that focuses sunlight and overheats the soil.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
May 5, 2013 9:36 PM CST
I think only if you're using magnifying pieces - which isn't a bad idea! (no overheating allowed though!) Smiling

Name: Karen McMillan
Louisville, Kentucky
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karencmcmillan7
May 6, 2013 8:31 PM CST
LJA said:I just joined this site recently. I am so enjoying the posts I have read so far. I woud like to share a picture of my latest succulent planting. An old birdcage planted last year with an assortment of plants. So far so good!
Lois


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I have a birdcage I would like to fill with succulents, like you did. Can you tell me what medium you put in the cage in which to plant?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
May 6, 2013 10:55 PM CST

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I don't see that LJA is still posting here? Sounds like she used regular potting soil. You could use a good quality potting soil with pumice/perlite added?

Here is a quote from one of her above posts.
LJA said:

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome!
I extended the bottom of the cage with an hardware cloth basket cut and bent to size. Lined it with moss and filled with potting soil. I originally filled it with lobelia but it dried out way to fast.
Last summer I tried succulents. A few from here and there stuck in. Mostly cuttings. I love succulents and have collected quite a few and propagated them, or they have propagated themselves Hurray! Seems to have held up fine so far!
Lois

Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
May 7, 2013 1:04 PM CST
Lynn, Thank you for doing that first...I've been tempted so long to do the quote thing but thought LJA might just come on...to post.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
May 7, 2013 10:34 PM CST

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I notice that it was June of last year since she posted. But she did give us quite a bit of information on how she did it. Hurray!
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Jun 9, 2013 4:30 PM CST
I have been checking the thrift store for a bird cage since I saw this. I have two birds and no old bird cages. I bet they are wondering why I keep eying up their cages when they are not inside the cage. Rolling on the floor laughing

Their cages are to big though because I have parrots. I would love to do one of these and put some birds inside and hanging on the outside of the cage.

I have a wire tea pot I am going to plant up this week. Pics soon to come.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 9, 2013 5:02 PM CST

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Can't wait to see that project Cinta. Hurray!
Your birds would sure have a ball with the plantings if you did their cages. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jun 9, 2013 9:22 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Cinta the wire teapot sounds interesting! Thumbs up

Name: Lois Andersen
Northcoast of California (Zone 8b)
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LJA
Jun 19, 2013 9:31 PM CST
Hi all! I did not realize this planting had caused such an interest! Through pintrest an facebook it has gone around the world. Never thought my humble little project would attract such attention.
Here is a close-up of the bottom basket. It is a basket made of green hardware cloth bent to fit the bottom of the small cage. This was taken this spring before I tucked in more moss and refreshed some of the plants. I had left it out in the weather all winter and it was getting a bit shaggy. I usually water it lightly and if it gets very dry I submerge it carefully in a pan of water for an hour or so.
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Thanks for all the kind words! Go forth and create!
Lois
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 19, 2013 9:39 PM CST

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Hi Lois, good to see you again.
Thank you for the instructions. Smiling
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jun 19, 2013 11:41 PM CST
Its a very cool project Lois! Thanks for sharing it! (with us here and with the rest of the world Sticking tongue out )
Cheers I tip my hat to you.


maisyhoo
Jun 20, 2013 7:51 PM CST
To Lois with birdcage posting: can you tell me what type of succulents you used? I really like the combination of textures and colors.

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 20, 2013 7:57 PM CST

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Hi maisyhoo. Welcome! Nice to meet you.

Looks like Lois used a combination of sempervivum, sedum, graptos and echeveria.
Some are winter hardy and some are not. Great combination of colors, shapes and textures. Lovey dubby
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jun 20, 2013 9:02 PM CST
valleylynn said:
Looks like Lois used a combination of sempervivum, sedum, graptos and echeveria.


Don't forget the senecio (string of pearls) and looks like there's a pachyphytum?... (pink ones inside the cage).

Also, Welcome to the forum! Smiling
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 21, 2013 3:36 AM CST

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Good eye Bev, I missed those. Sticking tongue out
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jun 21, 2013 6:01 AM CST
This was on Gardening gone Wild.Thought it might be worth a look.
http://www.gardeninggonewild.c...
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 21, 2013 10:00 AM CST

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I have been going through that link and other links in that one. WOW, it was wonderful Jo Ann, thanks for posting it.
When I get home I will go again and look at some of the things that were done, to get ideas on how I can put some of my tender succulents into one container.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jun 21, 2013 11:24 AM CST
The tender succulents are fun to arrange because of their various shapes, sizes and color. You will have fun Lynn when you do yours! Hurray!

I certainly did: (sorry if any of these are repeats...)

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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jun 21, 2013 6:07 PM CST
Thanks for the link Jo Ann (the woman Susan Morse used a plant on her hat! That's what I wanted to do with semps!! Rolling on the floor laughing :rofl:)
Cheers I tip my hat to you.

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