Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Saturday, August 21, 2010

succulent wreath

in mid july we took a trip to the Frederik Meijer gardens and sculpture park in grand rapids michigan.  i photographed this succulent wreath in one of their exhibition greenhouses.

many years ago, i watched Martha Stewart assemble one of these living wreaths with over one hundred plants.  by using a sphagnum wrapped wreath frame, soaked in water, the plants are individually added.  once the design is complete, she recommended keeping the wreath flat for several months while watering to allow the plants to grow into the wreath frame.

this living wreath was so beautiful to me since i had never really seen one in person.  the succulents are commonly grown in California or other humid climates, so i am not certain that i would take the time to attempt to grow one of these in midland michigan.  however, i really love the look, the colors, and the style of this wreath.  i am keeping the idea in mind if i ever have a greenhouse of my own. enjoy!

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