Monday, March 5, 2012

Not Craft Related: I Got a Cactus!

I have never kept a plant alive for very long. I think my longest-lasting plant was a cactus I had in 2nd grade, because it was pretty hard to kill.

I decided that this year will be different. I will have basil aplenty on my balcony this summer, because nothing is better than pesto and buying fresh basil is expensive.

Yesterday I went to a nursery with my mom, who is very good at keeping plants alive. She got it from my grandpa, who has been an avid gardener since I can remember. I figured that the gardening genes must be somewhere in me too, so when my mom asked me to go to the nursery with her, I decided to give it another go.

They didn't have any regular basil plants, so we got some seeds. I don't think I've ever started a plant from a seed before, so I'm anxious to see it sprout. The other herb I got was a rosemary plant. I don't really know what to use it for except focaccia (I don't eat meat, which I know it's used for a lot), but I love bread so that's fine.

 My little starter balcony garden courtesy of my mom.

The last thing I got (which is actually the first thing I picked up at the nursery) is this cactus. I can't remember what it's called because I left the container it came in at my parents' and I can't figure it out by looking at pictures of cacti online. If you know what kind of cactus this is, please let me know!

I love the concrete planter! I didn't really love the price though... $14?! I must figure out how to make them.

I think it's the cutest cactus ever! I'm in love with the colors, so I'm going to try to duplicate them on yarn in the next few days.

Update: According to @knitterleigh, it's not technically a cactus, but a Sempervium succulent. I could have sworn the tag said it was a cactus. *facepalm*


  1. It isn't technically a cactus. Rather, it is a succulent. It appears to be a Sempervivum (hens and chicks). Here are some pictures.

    It is beautiful. And they are supposed to be really hardy, so hopefully it will survive. They spread out really pretty.

  2. did you get this at Redenta's? I only ask because i recognize the planter and succulent...I work there :)