Friday, January 14, 2011

Urns, Succulents & Vintage Garden Pedestals


It warmed up in Southern California.... 

All of a sudden, we went from rain and flooding to a warm and blustery 78 degrees.  It figures that as soon as I buy a cute pair of rain boots, the sun decides to come out! 

I ventured out into the garden 
to tidy up 
(survey the garden neglect

and rake some leaves.  

I noticed that my urns looked oh so empty and lonely...


I have a pair of these urns. They have the most wonderful black patina to them! My very kind neighbor was moving and gave them to me... over a year ago... They're just plastic but look really, really good...just like old concrete urns.

They were planted last year with flowers that required water

every
single
day.

I didn't keep up with the watering and as you can see those flowers are no longer with us. This year, I would like to avoid plants which require everyday watering.  I just don't want to be a slave to my potted plants any longer... Please tell me you can relate!

I was in Home Depot's garden department and came across the perfect solution...


Potted Succulents...
as in the drought related 
Cactus family!

 A nice mixture of colors and textures too...


Not a bad price for such a lovely full plant.

I'll take two...

I rounded up some extra potting soil and planted them in my urns....

Easy Peasy....



I have a couple of vintage garden pedestals in my yard. 
One was given to me by my friend Jennifer 
and the other was a garage sale purchase for $20. 

I have always loved them... 
but sadly never found a use for them. 


They are a concrete plaster material.. 

Rather decayed... 
and crumbly...

Chippy & Shabby...

PERFECT PATINA...


Not an exact match...

One is round 
and the other is square...

But complimentary since the height is exactly the same on both pieces...



I placed my newly planted urns on the pedestals
for some added height and interest...

Hopefully, these succulents with last 
through the heat of summer 
and give me months of greenery 
{without all the fuss of everyday watering!}

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41 comments:

Val said...

I went and bought plants today too....Great minds! It must be that amazing TO weather. Enjoy planting and have a great weekend. Neighbor : )

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Marcy, I am so jealous..78 degrees! We had a heat wave today and the temperature got up to 38. The succulants look wonderful in your urns and I just love the pedestals.
Hugs,
Sherry

Antiques & Uniques said...

Great idea, those urns look so good. 78 degrees? I'm sooo jealous, it was 12 here in snowy Georgia last night! Yuck, so much for the sunny south!

Carol in cold and snowy Georgia

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Marcy, oh, how I want to work outside. Just come shovel some snow or rather ice off my yard. A week of this is more than enough for us southerners. Love those urns and the pedestals are perfect.

Rachel Noelle said...

LOVE how they turned out!! Great price for succulents too. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs,Rachel

Jane said...

Amazing to see that you can be planting!! What part of S. Cal to you live in? I spent three years in Ventura Co. and loved every minute of it.
Have a great weekend.
Jane

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Well, these look awesome! I WISH I could buy some plants...but since it is like 19 degrees here, I better wait a few months!!

Love the urns on the pedestals! Just beautiful!

Lou Cinda

Faded Charm said...

I love how these turned out. I think you will be happy with your succulents.....they don't need a lot of attention and they just keep on growing.

Enjoy your new potted urns and your weekend.

Kathleen

High Street Cottage said...

I love Urns and Pedestals. We plants sitting on pedestals on the patio, and an urn, a very pretty white one in our kitchen on a pedestal my hubby just spotted at the thrift store. They really add to urns when you don't want them just on the floor, or a table. Had you not said, I would have never known the urns were plastic. They look great! And for free, you can't go wrong. Love the choice of plants ;) Have a wonderful weekend, tami

Red Gate Farm said...

Marcy I love all of the succulents.... and he urns and columns, well they look fabulous.

Lucky you to be able to get out and work in a garden in January! Although we don't get the snow and cold as much as other parts, it's still not gardening weather around these parts! Oh how I'm dreaming about spring these days...

~Chris

BriarRose said...

I so look forward to your posts. Love the urns and the succulents are a great idea. But "easy peasy" made me smile. I always get the strangest look when I use that expression, but I still remember my grandmother saying that when she taught me how to test when fudge is ready. Thanks for bringing back the memory.

Auntie Bliss said...

I had no idea that succulents didn't need so much water! They look like they'd drink a ton. Well your urns and pedestals look SO pretty!
I looked at your home at Jennifer's COTM and it is so pretty!

Chateau Chic Boutique said...

Hi Marcy,
I'm new to your blog (I think I hopped over from Arbor House Lane?). I, too, LOVE urns. I have a few new and old, and you're right. It's really hard to tell when they're plastic! I just got a couple pedastals (free from my Mom's garage!) for two cement urns we got from Home Depot and painted black. I wasn't sure if I was going to paint the pedastals black as well, but I actually like the contrast of yours with the white urns. Hmmmmm.
Love your post with your Grandfather's "football" pics also. How perfect was that project after getting the catalog?!
Well, have a great weekend - Yay sunshine and warmth, finally!!! I love So CA!
Blessings,
Missy

Nancy said...

I saw this post the other day but didn't have time to comment, so I'm baaaack now to do so!
I love your urns and placed on the pedestal it just looks so elegant and classic. I had two of the prettiest urns out on my front porch and someone swiped them! I think it was teenagers but then again you never know. It made me sick. Now I'm paranoid to put more out...maybe I'll glue 'em to the concrete! lol
anyway, this is beautiful! Great price on the plants too!

Nancy

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

I think you got a lot of us girls very jealous with the weather temps...sigh...I live in South Carolina and it is cold! Love your URNS, nice to be planting.

...............Michele @ Portlandia Vintage said...

The succulents are a great idea. So lush for low-water plant. Your urns and pedestals worked perfectly!

Olive Cooper said...

The succulents will be fine. Mine here in Ga. make it through very cold and then very hot temps. They look fabulous in the urns♥♥♥

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Wonderful job with your urns! I have a couple of them my self filled with succulents. One I will have to pull out and plant in the ground this spring. They are aloes. But they really multiplyed. The urn may be toast too. Pretty crumbly and cracking from the sun. May need to get a couple more. Love the pedestals you have them on. Definite keepers!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

Love this! All of your succulent projects have me looking at these plants in a whole new way! Great idea for low maintenance beauty!

Brenda Kula said...

Succulents and sedums are some of my very favorite plants. Try sedums too if you haven't. They are so pretty and can pair up well with herbs.
Brenda

The Polished Pebble said...

Super pretty and they look great together! I use succulents for every thing...even in the house....!

xo kelley

My Serendipity said...

I love them! I love how the two are different :) I need to try this..I work everyday and don't like attending to all my flowers after I get home from a long day..this may solve my problem :)
Beth

Marie said...

Aren't we just so lucky with the weather here in SoCal so gorgeous this weekend? I love your pedestal...it looks good paired with your urn.
-marie

Kim said...

Love the urns ~ jealous of the weather! The picture of your dining room is beautiful!

Marta said...

Hi! Can I just say that you're home is soooo beautiful! Love you're decorating style! I am looking for a few rose oil paintings for my bedroom, (I love how you have your's over the bed) I was wondering if you were planning on listing any on Ebay, or would like to do a private sale. I am very interested. Keep the great posts coming. I would love some tips on decorating in the bedroom, I am redoing mine! Thanks! Marta

Fish Tail Cottage said...

pretty! pretty! can't wait till spring here in Washington! xoox

Tete said...

We are still doing snow and ice right now, so this was something wonderful to see! HWW

kathi @ traybella said...

just lovely. i like that the pedestals do not match!
kathi

Mary Ellen said...

Great job on your urns!! I need to do something with mine now that the evergreens from Christmas look a little sad!

vintage vine said...

These look awesome!

AntiqueChase said...

Thank you everyone for your sweet comments and taking the time to stop by...

Marta - keep watching Ebay. I will be listing some vintage items including a few rose oil paintings!

Sharon @ Roses and Rust said...

I am inspired! I recently did a post about my budget bookcase and mentioned the plastic urns I had on it - I am now going to fill them with succulents and put them in my garden. Thank-you for sharing!

Morning T said...

I refuse to be a slave to my plants this year as well!! I've been wanting to go the succulent route and you've convinced me! ;)
Your planters are gorgeous my friend!
xo~
T

Karena said...

The urns and pedetals are perfect with the succulant plantings, love, love!!

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teaorwine said...

The new urns and pots to be found at the home stores are very, very good reproductions these days. As a rule of thumb, I do not purchase anything faux, however, pots are an exception as they are very lightweight and once the plantings begin to flourish and cascade over the edges, NO ONE can truly ascertain otherwise.
Best, teaorwine

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Jenny from the Block here.. I almost forgot about that concrete piece I gave you. You make it look amazing, as with everything you do.

oxox
Jennifer

Southern Queen Bee said...

Wow, love the way that turned out. I wish we would just see a little sunshine here in south Louisiana. It has been really chilly as well. Enjoy the weather, and have a great week.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Both the urns and the pedestals look fabulous. Love them. The succelents are so pretty in them. Hugs, Marty

our.new.life said...

They may not be a match, but they look great together!

Cindy said...

What a beautiful way to show off your succulents! I'm very impressed with how pretty they look!
Hugs, Cindy

Judy said...

I just linked over from Transformation Thursday. I am so jealous. We are in the middle of our 7th snowstorm right now. Both the urns and the pedestals are gorgeous. I am your latest follower. I would love if you would come check out my blog at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com and follow me back. Thanks so much. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog.