Like a lot of thrifters, I have a hard time turning down any piece of Pyrex. I usually need to have some practical purpose in mind for an item before I pick it up. Practicality totally failed when it came to my relationship with Pyrex beakers. I mean, they're just so cool! They're scientific and borosilicate! They open up all kinds of mad scientist possibilities. So now that I've got a bunch of beakers, I've been trying to figure out what to do with them. As previous posts indicate - I've been planting a ton lately. Heck, if the Bernz-O-Matic didn't escape my green thumb then this beaker was doomed to end up as a container garden for sure.
So here is my "Before" photo of a 400ml vintage Pyrex beaker (forgive the last minute photo that I snapped in my kitchen).
After! Okay, so I know it's not madly scientific but it does make me happy! And if I ever decide to become a mad scientist (hey, you never know - it could happen!) I can just replant this little guy somewhere else and use the beaker as intended.
The plant I chose for this container is Kalanchoe longiflora coccinea. How's that for scientific?? Actually, I just really like the colors and the shapes of the leaves.
I've got a lot of reindeer moss, so I wanted to incorporate some into the planter. I think that topping the planter with moss gives it a nice finished look. It might also help with moisture retention (here in the driest of environments that's important).
I wanted to take advantage of the fact that this particular beaker is clear. I decided on a layered look not really knowing how it would turn out. I started with rocks in the bottom of the container. Drainage is important if there is no hole in the container. I wasn't up for drilling Pyrex, so I added plenty of rocks.
I'm hoping this little guy does okay. The root ball was very compacted, which can cause a lot of re-potting complications. Succulents can often be "fix it and forget about it" type of plants but I'm going to be keeping an eye on this one =)
Has anyone been doing any spring planting? I'd love to hear about it! Also, check out these pics on Bounty Huntress' blog - this tea kettle garden is *amazing* Haha.. I wonder what my boyfriend would think about an indoor staircase lined with tea kettle succulent gardens =X