Decorating the Succulent Beds with Junk

May 29, 2014
This morning I have been working in two garden areas planted with Sedums and Sempervivums.

I just purchased this rusty shovel head yesterday.  

I printed out the word "grow" on a sheet of paper in a fun font, traced the back of the word with chalk and then transferred it to the rusty shovel by tracing the front of  "grow" with a pencil.

Now I have to use my Rustoleum Decorative White Paint Pen to retrace my temporary chalk letters.

Rusty Shovel Head Garden Sign
All done!  I sanded the lettering with very fine sand paper just a little bit.  Then sprayed the lettering with Krylon matte sealer.

Rusty Shovel Head Garden Sign

Rusty Shovel Head Garden Sign
I leaned my shovel head against a tree.  Soon three different kinds of sedums will fill in this area.

Here is another Sedum and Sempervivum garden area. These sedums were purchased a the "Flaming Carpet" mix.  Angelina, Blue Spruce and Voodoo Sedums. 

Tonka Front End Loader in the Succulent Bed
Last year this succulent bed was "under construction" with a vintage Tonka front end loader, Dollar Tree rocks, and orange cones, here.

This year I have yet another quirky idea that involves these stepping stones...

Stepping Stones & Iron Shoe Forms in the Succulent Garden
And four iron shoe forms that I purchased last year thrifting.

Stepping Stones & Iron Shoe Forms in the Succulent Garden

Stepping Stones & Iron Shoe Forms in the Succulent Garden
We will revisit these succulent beds when the plants have filled in.  Kind of crazy, huh?

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Looks great - can hardly wait to see the end results. I am sure you are enjoying being in your lovely garden now that the weather has turned nice for you. Happy Gardening and thanks for sharing.

  2. OMG, I had forgotten about the front loader That was so cute!

  3. Me likey!! I especially love the front loader ~
    This is my first year 'playing' with sedums and succulents ~ you are an inspiration!

  4. Great idea for an old shovel, love the sedums :)

  5. I purchase old garden tools at garage sales but my hubby takes one look at them and says "Oh we could use that"! So I don't usually use it for decorating, sometimes though I keep one. Your garden looks really lovely.

  6. Love your garden ideas! I'm just starting to work on mine.

  7. Sedums are such fun. You are always full of good ideas.

  8. "Organized Clutter" has been included in my Arlynda Lea's Sites to See #2. I hope this helps to call attention to your efforts.

  9. I've found what I want to do in my retirement! Stopping by from Arlynda Lea's Blog.
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead


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