21 June, 2017

Winter Delights - Sedum makinoi 'Limelight'

It's winter! And do you know how we can tell? Because of the stunning colours that come out in our succulent babies! we just have to show everyone the colours that are coming out in Sedum makinoi 'Limelight' at the moment:




Usually lime green in colour (hence the name limelight), these little beauties are showing some amazing golds, burnt oranges and even browns in this cold weather. Such a stark contrast to the bright green colour you see in the foliage during spring and summer:




19 June, 2017

What are the differences between Crassula capitella and Crassula capitella ssp. thyrsiflora?


We have been receiving a lot of queries as to the physical differences between a Crassula capitella and a Crassula capitella ssp. thyrsiflora - So we thought we would share this comparison photo!

Crassula capitella ssp. thyrsiflora is commonly known as 'Red Pagoda'.


It has quite small triangular leaves that stack just like the original capitella, but just on a smaller scale. The plant itself is more compact, and will mass and clump into a mound no bigger than 10-15cm.

Thyrsiflora has olive green leaves that turn a dark burgundy colour with age.

Crassula capitella is a larger plant, that can grow up to 15cm tall (and sometimes taller).
The leaves themselves are wider and more fleshy, and don't grow as compact as the thyrsiflora.


The colours of the capitella are stunning, with shades of vivid pink and red coming through with age. The colours intensify in the cooler months.


Both are geometrically amazing to look at, and look wonderful in potted succulent gardens.

31 March, 2017

Perth Garden Festival 2017



We are very excited to be attending the Perth Garden Festival again this year. Located at Mcallum Park in Victoria Park, PGF2017 will run over 4 days from Thursday 27th April to Sunday 30th April.

What's on offer?

This year, expect to see new varieties in all our ranges that are yet to be seen on our website, with bulk buy offers available. We will have cacti, lithops and larger succulents on offer, as well as a new range of miniature houses and furniture that we will be launching at the festival!


A sneak peak of the Classics that will be available at the festival.

Sun loving collectables

as well as collectables that prefer shadier positions.

Larger Succulents and Cacti will be available.

and Large Stapeliae too... This one is just about to flower!

A wide range of cacti...

and lithops too!

We will also be introducing a new range of miniature houses and cottages at the festival.

Displays!

We have been busy bees planning our display for this year, which will have a strong focus on miniature gardens. Hopefully it will provide ideas and inspiration on how to incorporate succulents, perennials and miniature gardens into your home and backyard! See photos of our under the sea display from last year!

To find out more about the Perth Garden Festival 2017, head on over to their website: perthgardenfestival.com






02 November, 2016

4 DIY miniature garden accessories to try!


Succulent miniature gardens are not just for the little ones, us big kids get a kick out of creating and admiring miniature landscapes too. And why not, when in these times limited space in the backyard and limited budgets prevent us from making life size landscape gardens, these miniature creations are a great way to get those creative juices flowing and to get those green thumbs to work! 

Although it seems logical to start the planning of a miniature garden with your plant selection, we have actually found that choosing your accessories first helps with the plant selection process. So with that in mind, here are some accessory tutorials we found online that we personally can't wait to try out:



Lesley Shepard on about.com shows you step by step how you can create a mini fence with just wire and a pair of pliers. So simple, and yet so effective. I like how this fence doesn't have to be in a straight line, it can be curved around to match your miniature garden edging. This could work well around a lawn made from Sedum lydium. Pure magic!



If you prefer something a touch larger and more solid, then Lesley Shepard also has a tutorial on how to make a petite picket fence using Popsicle sticks. I honestly thought cutting the top shape out of a pop stick would be too tricky, but Lesley is one clever lass and instead uses a small file to make an indent either side of the stick. Clever. A coat or two of paint and you have yourself a miniature white picket fence! You could pair this up with mini shrub type succulents, like A. 'Irish Bouquet' or Sempervivum 'Hen and Chicks' .



This was too cute to pass by, and although the idea of a seaside/swamp miniature garden hadn't really crossed my mind just yet, this mini fishing rod is surprisingly simple to make. Lush Little Landscapes provides step by step instructions on how you can make you own using a skewer, fishing line, wire and some small buttons for the reel. Maybe a jetty made out of pop sticks to accompany it? And for a swamp like succulents, Bergeranthus multiceps would make a great clump of reeds.


By Juise

And for something a little more challenging, why not make this house which comes complete with a door, a window and a very cute sconce on the front. thejuise.blogspot.com.au gives step by step instructions on how you can make your own house with just sticks and a hot glue gun. This house was made from Cherry tree branches, but I think eucalyptus sticks will give it that touch of 'Australiana'. A tree next to it, like a Crassula tetragona perhaps?

So we hope these great ideas inspire you to create your own succulent miniature gardens, and help with the choosing of your miniature garden plants. Happy projecting!


31 August, 2016

How to make a Succulent Wreath


A succulent wreath is simply a wire frame filled with sphagnum moss and a selection of succulent cuttings (and yes, they are real plants!).
You can hang them up on a wall, or on your front door, or lay them flat and use as a stunning table centre piece. They are incredibly easy to make and if watered regularly, can last for many years. Amaze your friends with your very own living piece of art! Here's how to get started.

What you will need:

A wreath wire frame
Sphagnum moss
Thin Wire
A selection of succulent cuttings
A chop stick
The wire frame, sphagnum moss and the succulent plants can all be purchased from Fickle Prickles. The thin wire will be available at your local independent hardware store (support your local independents!).

How to assemble:

1. Hydrate your Sphagnum moss. Sphagnum moss comes in a dehydrated brick, and to use it in your succulent projects, simply follow the instructions on the packet to hydrate. Usually a 150g block will expand up to about 10 litres which should be enough for two succulent wreaths.

2. Fill up your wire frame. Simply take small handfuls of the hydrated sphagnum moss and mold it on top of your wire frame. Be very generous with the moss as you want your base to be quite solid so the roots of your plants have something to take hold of. Aim for a mound that is about 8cm tall.


3. Wire it on. Take a long piece of your thin wire and attach it to the frame by winding it securely on a selected section of frame. Then use this wire to secure the sphagnum to the frame by cross threading it over the top every 7-8cm. UPDATE: We have discovered the wonders of fishing line. Fishing line is fantastic at holding the moss down, and is far less visible than the wire.

4. Clean it up. Tuck in any straggly, loose pieces of sphagnum moss.

5. Prepare your succulent cuttings. You can use cuttings consisting of the tips of your succulents, or you can also use rosettes. Combine as little or as many different species in your design, the choice is yours. To prepare them, simply remove some of the lower leaves so you have a stem of around 1.5cm - 2cm.

6. Place Your Cutting. Use your chopstick to make a small hole and simply place the stem of your cutting into the hole. repeat until the frame is full.



7. Grow them up. Lay your wreath flat until your cuttings are well rooted. This will take around 6 weeks, keep watering them regularly during this time and don't allow it to dry out. Once established, hang up onto your favourite outdoor wall or use as a table centre piece.

8. Maintenance. Keep your wreath in a partial shade position - This will help to stop your wreath drying out too quickly. Water your wreath once a day, and water thoroughly. Prune your wreath regularly to encourage new growth and keep your wreath nice and densely covered. You can fertilise your wreath with a seaweed and blood and bone solution, which you can buy from your local nursery. Use as directed.



As you can see, it is quite simple to make a beautiful piece of living art! And it an art piece that will keep on giving year after year with regular watering, fertilising and pruning.

19 February, 2016

A Winner has been Chosen!



We were completely inundated with photo entries to our DIY Valentine's Day Competition - You are all so very talented! It makes our job deciding a winner that much harder.

We are very pleased to announce that the winner of a $20 Fickle Prickles voucher is Sharon from Willetton! Congratulations to Sharon, who created this very cute Valentine's terrarium.

We would like to thank everyone who entered, and hope that your loved ones enjoyed all of your DIY succulent creations.

01 February, 2016

4 Delightful DIY Succulent Valentine Ideas!



Skip the chocolates this year, and those expensive flower arrangements that only last a week - Give your Valentine a special gift that will last! We have found 4 really simple, yet incredibly adorable Valentine's gift tutorials that your special someone will love!









So this year, say I love you with a gift they will never forget. Happy Projecting!