Having just finished a book on houseplants myself, it’s refreshing to see that someone else has made it a point to portray houseplants as more than just an afterthought in a well decorated home, but focal points on par with a prized piece of art or a favorite piece of furniture. Admittedly, it’s even more exciting to see that the authors of such a book were my good friends Kylee Baumle and Jenny Peterson.
This is a story of two plants, told over the course of two years. It tells of what they witnessed, as well as how they managed to keep time and continuity through the most important days of my life. It's a story about how through all of our anxiety and trials in this lifetime, nature still carries on with the same selfless routine day by day and reassures us through chaos and discord. Time marches on.
My trip to Arizona marked the first time I had been to the desert since 6th grade, and from the moment I knew I was going to Phoenix for the Troy-Bilt #Saturday6, the desert was all I could think about. Following the trip, I've had dreams about the desert almost every single night. If you could have seen me darting around the Desert Botanical Garden with my camera perpetually glued to my face, you would have seen a little boy caught up in the miracle of the natural world.
#Saturday6; capable of crushing rocks with a single tiller, riding technologically advanced lawnmowers at epic speeds and cultivating rocky clay soil in a single instant. I was one of those six – and this is my story.
Today’s container garden artisan is none other than the sensational Candice ‘Sweetstuff’ Suter of Sweetstuff’s Sassy Succulents, who is probably best known for upcycling unusual things into succulent stuffed works of found art. No object is safe from Sweetstuff and her playful ingenuity; birdcages, barbecue grills and handmade pottery are all fair game! Read on to learn more about Sweetstuff and to take a peek at some of her colorful projects.