Well every outdoor room needs a picture. Well how about a living picture.
We’re here with Sharon Lash, a master gardener and I know one of the things that you
really wanted to do was obviously put your your touches on your outdoor room here and
one of things was certainly this beautiful living picture. So how did you get the
idea for this? Actually this is a very very popular
thing this year lots and lots of nurseries and greenhouses are showing those in their show rooms but
they’re very easy to make and I thought this would be particularly
interesting because this is my grandmother’s picture frame. Oh nice! It’s a piece of my grandmother out here
in this room and it was very easy to make. My husband
made a shadow box, on the back to hold the dirt which was
very simple to do. He put a layer of green plastic
garbage bag and then we filled it with cactus soil. After the cactus soil he put screen wire on and he used the very
small chicken, poultry rewire I think they
call it and I would not use that if I did it
again I’d use the larger one because it was hard to get a larger succulents in
the very teeny tiny I had to cut some of that. But after you get the wire on then
you just simply break off, take the little tiny roots out of
whatever succulents you want and you form a design. And then you just – after the design is
formed – you wet it down leave it out of the sun for a couple of
weeks so it can really set the roots down into the soil and
you’re good to go. Then he put it up. It’s very heavy, so
people say how you water it? I just take the hose about once every
three weeks and just squirt it with the hose and that’s it. So probably the big thing is plant selection, obviously.
So things that will really take heat, drought. Exactly, so succulents would be good choices too. Yes, that kind of thing. So than did you do anything special to
the frame so it didn’t like fall apart in the weather? No we didn’t . It looks like it might have been painted at one time so that might help a little bit. Right and I think that
would be a good idea to maybe put some kind of a finish on it if you’re going to leave it
out year after year after year. What am I gonna do with it this winter?
That’s the next question. A lot of people say what do you do with it in the winter. We’ll just take it down
we’ll take it in just let it go dormant for for the
winter put it in a garage that has a little
heat and in the spring, ready to go.
Because typically the plants are not winter hardy. But they are easy
to make so what a great thing.