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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Potpourri Jungle...

I needed a break....So, I came to type for a while...I have been hacking my way through this jungle.

I thought I would show you what you can find in plastic plants and potpourri from Walmart.

That's what I am using to make up for the parts that I can't find in the back yard.

This first photo is plant parts.  When I look for plants to use, I don't usually worry about the flowers.  I like the filler and greenery.

The lighter green is from the calyx and stamens of flowers. I don't remember what kind.  The nice thing about them is when I took off the silk flower petals, the two pieces fit together and looked like a yucca plant.  All I had to do was add some white shredded foam to the ends of three of the calyx and I had instant plants. 
Most of the other stuff has to be painted.  I put a coat of Wedgwood green on the darker ones and now they look a lot less shiny.

I used the as is for the plants on the roof of the Clockwork Caravan and they looked fine there.  I wanted something more subtle for this.

At the left of the second photo is some of the stuff that you can find in potpourri,also from Walmart, if you look closely. They are different kinds of seed pods that can be painted green and turned into cacti. 

Don't mention the little pineapple looking things at the top left to my family....Not only can you find them in potpourri.  You can look down at the pavement in the parking lot of Knott's Berry Farm theme park in California....There they are by the hundreds.  Or there were...It was about 20 years ago.  I don't know if they are still there or not, but there were trees planted there that were dropping them.  Madwoman that I am, I grabbed a large soft drink cup and started gathering them... Everyone in the family tried to pretend that they didn't know me...  Oh well... I did get a goodly supply of them...I still have a few left from that trip.

After you get the pods painted, you have all kinds of interesting cacti.

The "pineapples" make wonderful barrel cacti.  As you can see, you can find all kinds of cactus in the bags.

Here's a plate full of after painting.

Now for the cottage front.  I went back and filled in the tree some more.

I also have some barrel cacti and some yucca by the front door.

I am just getting started.  I should be able to finish the rest of the landscaping today.

No more break time left.  Back to work.

See you tomorrow.


Lucille said...

Thanks, Casey! I never thought of looking at potpourri that way. Fantastic idea. I see our Zar is on inspection duty today!

mcddiss said...

si que da de si una bolsa de popurri, creo que queda muy bien y ere arbol ha mejorado mucho



Fabiola said...

I also did plants with pot pourri. A fantastic and simple idea.
Bye, Faby

Giac said...

Hello Casey, are there any limits to your creativity. I cannot wait to see more...What a cottage!
Big hug,