My Adorable Succulent Garden

When I moved to Arizona almost 2 years ago (time flies!) I was amazed by the saguaro cactus. I’d never seen them in real life! Sadly cacti that huge isn’t what you would call adorable and no, I don’t want anything that monstrous and pokey in my yard. Ever.

At the same time when I moved here I fell in love with succulents. They’re the coolest little desert flower cactus plant you’ve ever seen! They’re so funny looking and yes they make me smile ๐Ÿ™‚ Once we moved into this apartment I wanted a flowerbed to hang over the ledge on our balcony & finally five months later — I got one!

Aren’t they the cutest plants you’ve ever seen? The one that looks like a bunch of little grapes cracks me up –ย it’s just so funny-looking! I’ve had them for a few days now and they’re still alive and looking great.

I’d had the dirt I used for a while and little aphids and teeny centipedes had found their way in…or grown in there…I don’t know, I don’t want to think about it — they were just there. And I wanted them gone.

So I googled “natural methods to kill aphids”. Everything I read suggested lemon juice, dish soap, or vinegar. I figured I’d try all three at once and poured some of each into a spray bottle and filled it up with water. I sprayed the dirt then eventually just dumped it all in (this was before I planted anything) and let it sit for a few hours.

It worked! No more aphids or centipedes or anything gross. Just adorable succulents!

That’s life with Mr.Layland & Me!

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Welcome Wreath

I saw this wreath on Pinterest and fell in love.

Of course, that was probably three months ago and I just haven’t had the time to create one of my own. The heavens shined down on me this week though, because not only did I find the time but it turned out absolutely perfect.

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I honestly thought about flipping it around to hang on the inside of our front door so I can look at it more. That’s obviously unrealistic…but I thought about it ๐Ÿ™‚ I got everything at JoAnn’s because what can’tย you find there. Seriously. I even came away with a balcony ledge planter I’ll feature later this week.

Like I said, they have everything.

I fed the flower stem and the wire stems of the greenery into the vine wreath and then hot glued the bow in place. The L was originally just a plain wooden letter so I painted it white, let it dry, and then hot glued it in place. So far so good! Everything is staying in place even with the wind we’ve had!

I never knew I could love my front door this much! Now if only I could paint it…

That’s life with Mr.Layland & Me!