August 25, 2011

A Succulent Post...

You might recall my saying that I'm not much of a gardener. Many of the plants I've purchased over the years have died slow deaths under my watchful eye. I apparently kill them with kindness.
One genre of plants that seems to suit me to a "T", are the plants in the succulent family. I've owned the same jade plants (now impressively huge) for over twenty five years. One of them even flowers at least once a year now! They reside in enormous pots on wheels and have yielded many offspring that I've shared with others or repotted to other places on our pool deck or in our yard.
I absolutely love "hen and chicks", but hadn't had any for years. I found some while shopping yesterday and purchased a small container of them. They're so beautiful with their silvery green, waxy leaves, and when I picked them up in the nursery, there was water inside their petals.

Of course, I had to again fill them to photograph them for you. Doesn't the water look like little gems hidden inside the folds of the plant?
I know that this isn't a "crafty" post, but the fact that these plants love living with me really relates to the fact that I love to spend time in my studio. You see, when I'm in the studio, I'm not hovering over them. And these plants require so little care that they thrive from my neglect and give back so much.

I guess it's been an introspective week for me this week. I've shared more about my thoughts with you than about creating. You've all given back so much to me in return. I've read every note left for me relating to my "Because It Matters" post, and can't tell you how much I appreciated your kind and loving words. Thank you, my dear friends. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Next week, I'm going to launch my Eight Hundredth Post Giveaway. Can you believe it? It's actually closer to eight hundred forty now. That's a lot of talking, isn't it? You deserve a chance to win something for sticking with me, I think! So, I just want to give you an early heads-up so you know to look for the giveaway post next week.

Also, just a quick reminder that next Monday - August 29th - is my next Memory Lane Monday. I wanted to be sure to give you plenty of time to choose a favorite memory to write about on your blog and then link back here.

You can choose any subject, from any time in your life. Perhaps you have a fun "Back to School" memory you'd like to share? I've really enjoyed reading the stories of those who've participated in the past and would love to invite you to join this month.

With love and gratitude,

5 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Susanne said...

Hi Donna, do you have a pattern for your crochet squares, the one for your cardigan, I just love these even that I proberly not will make a cardigan for myself. If you have could you mail it to me:
love Susanne from Denmark

Carol said...

Good Day!
I stopped a moment to think after reading this post.

I have several blogs that I read and look forward to finding a new post in my blog roll, and yours is at the top of the list. What do you all have in common?

Interesting posts whether they are sharing a project, a tidbit about something of your life or a thought about whatever topic you choose that day, and friendly interaction. A reply to comments isn't necessary every time, but at least once in a while letting readers know you read what we say and value our visit.

Donna, I wish you and everyone of your readers a very safe weekend, especially to those on the east coast.
xx, Carol

Rettabug said...

I thought those were DIAMONDS or maybe ICE CUBES down inside the leaves! LOL I remember growing chicks & hens a long time ago. They can really take over, so be careful where you plant them.

I just dug up TONS of mint that was smothering my black eyed susans. It was also getting close to my white peony & I did NOT want to lose that!
I've been getting lots of outdoor work done, now that the temps have cooled off.
Enjoy the taste of FALL!!


Twyla and Lindsey said...

Donna, I have to laugh as I sit here and look at my dying plants, the ones that haven't already died. I have a brown thumb. You've inspired me to try succulants! I love plants but just never have any luck with them. Have a wonderful day! Twyla

Faerie Moon Creations said...

I love hens and chicks, too. The plants AND the animals! LOL They are so low-maintenance - it's wonderful. :) They always look so pretty. 800 posts? Wow - congrats to you!!! That is such a great accomplishment!!! :) Enjoy the weekend, Donna.


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