The latest craze in gardening is succulents. Whether surrounded by fairies, gnomes, rocks, hanging on walls or tucked into corners, succulent gardens bring a dash of xeriscaping to Kansas. Since a multi-decade drought has been predicted for Kansas, it just seems sensible to ‘get into’ succulent gardening.
My problem? Louisburg had only four rain-free days in May and June is shaping up to be wet-wet-wet. A lot of my friends with succulent gardens are bringing them inside for protection.
As for me, I still wanted one, rain or no rain. But every pre-made succulent garden I saw had a price tag that I just couldn’t justify. I debated over every garden, and showed amazing (for me) discipline by resisting. Until I went shopping with my 11-year old granddaughter.
No, no, I don’t blame her! Totally my bad. Once started, I couldn’t stop.
We found just the right plants for a relatively reasonable price. Then we found some lovely rocks for not too much money. Of course, add it all up and I was spending more than I would have spent on one of those lovely gardens I’d by-passed. And what about the pot? The perfect pot was a real splurge.
Sure enough, that night my granddaughter got on the phone with her mother and revealed my extravagance: “Guess what? Grandma spent $100 on a succulent garden. But she told grandpa it was only $50 and then said under her breath, ‘for the pot'”
Uh oh! Gotta watch those little ears… Was it worth it? I love my new succulent garden!