I recently was given some really nice succulents in enamel re-purposed planters by my husband Sean. Once winter fully hits it’s going to be a bit too cold and WAY too wet for them to survive outside. Luckily one is in an enamel teapot and the other in an enamel pot. The third one is in a steel sieve but I’m thinking I can get a dish to catch any water drainage with that one. The recent succulent acquisitions are all small enough to bring into the house for the winter. So we’re good there.
Anticipating baby succulents being produced like crazy come spring I decided to keep a serious eye out for some enamel pots for planting succulents next year. I found a really great rectangular white enamel pan that is worn in spots and totally rustic looking for super cheap at one of the local thrift stores. I cleaned it and I’m storing it under our sink for the winter and will bust that out come spring. I’m going to have baby succulents and eventually I feel like I’m not going to be able to bring in all the plants for the winter in the years to come so I need to do some research for plants that go dormant and with-stand the Oregon winter. I’m sure it won’t be too hard to find the right plants.
My tentative plans are to get planters all along the front of our house under our window to add some warmth and color to the place. I also want to get some gardening boxes set up on our floating dock but that will have to wait till spring. Right now I’m not going to go nuts with garden stuff but when you find good enamel pots for planting and they’re well under the $8 mark – SNATCH THEM UP. I like the white enamel look with the edges worn down…even with the used wear it can get pricey so I haven’t bought anything till today. Everything I’ve seen in “vintage” stores run $15 on the cheap side and the norm is usually around $18-$20.00 and this is for really beat up stuff. It’s barely Fall and as you can see I’m already anticipating next spring. I’ve got a good jump start on the succulent front scoring the good score so I’m satisfied with my gardening haul.
I have our TV up and running with the DVD player and I doctored the electrical by running a long line of extension cord into one of our wall outlets that we don’t really tap into. This seems to have pleased the electrical panel gods and so there has been no funky flickering of lights or other electronics being turned off with by an electricity overload. We’ve been careful with our electronics since becoming aware of the flickering issue and the bottom line is that we need to get an electrician out here so that’s at the upper portion of our to-do list, but until then it’s an extension cord band-aid. I’m OK with that.
We’ve got a small list of house stuff that we are going to attend to – the time frame is a little up in the air and for now we are just closely monitoring everything that needs watching. Small houses need just as much care/upkeep and attending to as large houses and then there’s the living on water issue up-keeps that replace the living on land ones. What I’ve come to sync with is the fact that home owner issues are home owner issues no matter where or in what you live.
Strangely with all the little things going on I’m feeling pretty good about this past year of nesting/settling in our new home. We’ve lived through one full year of weather starting with winter and now we are coming full circle. How we use our space is still something that changes as we change the things we do, but our home is small enough that things are pretty easy to switch around without it being too much of an ordeal.
If you have any thoughts or ideas about container gardening on the water I’d love to hear them – especially if you live(d) on the water. Right now I’m trying to think about ways to anchor the planters. I’m thinking L-brackets to kinda brace the four corners of square planter boxes just to keep them from jostling around when the waves hit. I’m hesitating because I’m not wanting to drill holes all over our deck but then no one is out there except for me and the husband so keeping the planters upright kinda outweighs the cosmetic concerns. We aren’t going to be hanging any plants. I’m pretty sure this is just going to be an ongoing learning curve *lols* I’m OK with that too. If you have pictures of your own floating home garden stuff that you’d like to share that is totally welcome <3 I’m on Pinterest myself under DARKKATPOUNCING and I have a board dedicated to our tiny house.
Tonight we are wrapping up a visit with Mom who came down this weekend. The chill breeze has kicked up and the house is rocking. So on that note Good night!