Posts tagged succulents
learn + grow: Desert Terrarium

It may be obvious by now that we are all for combining our love of DIY with our love of beautiful cocktails. You can try to come up with a better recipe for a Sunday afternoon in LA, but it's going to be difficult! We're so excited to share this month's learn + grow workshop, where we will be creating beautiful desert terrariums AND sipping gorgeously unique cocktails from mixologist Matthew Biancaniello!

We're thrilled to have Matthew join us to share his cocktail expertise and a short demo from his new book Eat Your Drink! These cocktails are inventive and vibrant, and you'll probably want to host a summer part immediately so you can wow your guests with these concoctions!

Summer is far from over, and we're celebrating it in full force with botanical cocktails and desert terrariums that will fit perfectly in any Southern California aesthetic. A few spots remain, so sign up now for next Sunday's workshop! 

Succulent Installation: STRIIIKE

RG_striiike_03 The official start of Spring is just a few weeks away, and our busy season has just begun! As we all look forward to longer days filled with sunshine (and hopefully some rain), many people are ready to revamp their yards and outdoor living spaces for the year - especially here in Southern California, where summer begins early and ends late. Today we're sharing a fun, colorful succulent installation our team recently did for the gorgeous STRIIIKE Salon.

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STRIIIKE came to us wanting more of a "Palm Springs" look in what was then a very dark corridor. We knew that simply by removing the overgrown (and in some places dead) plant material, they’d already see a vast improvement, but we took it a step further. The white rocks brightened the space, and a simple ribbon of green/grey/purple succulents gave a sweet interest to the space.

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In keeping with our mission to save water at every installation we do, we laid down drip irrigation directly around our plantings. Separator fabric went down next, to keep the soil from splashing up onto the bright rocks.

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Overall, this was a small installation, but the difference in the before and after photos makes it clear exactly how much a change in landscape can add to a space. If you're looking to add some color to your space for spring, check out our Landscape page for more info or email landscape@rg-ca.com!

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide

IMG_1841 Let's be real: a holiday that is all about love, flowers, chocolate, and champagne? Whether you've got a Valentine or not, there's nothing to dislike in that list. We love Valentine's Day because it's the perfect chance to show your loved ones, romantic or not, how much you care about them! Don't have a boo right now? Then it's Galentine's Day, which may be even better.

We'll be celebrating the day at our LA location with a Darling Duo Arrangement workshop including champagne and treats from Sweet and Divine by Emmaline  - there are a few spots left, so join today and spend the day with us! Sweet & Divine will also be selling sweets at the shop all weekend, and we're offering fresh cut bouquets Friday-Sunday as well. Let's just say it: it's going to be a fabulous weekend.

If you're looking for the perfect gift to surprise your Valentine with, check out our Gift Guide for our recommendations and shop in-store all week! From your bae to your bff, we've got you covered.

1.For the Green Thumb:

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For the gift that keeps on giving, skip the bouquet and give them beautiful living plants that they can keep long past the weekend! Pick out a special pot and let our baristas plant it for you, or give them all the materials separately for the perfect afternoon in the garden.

2. For the hostess:

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For that friend who loves all things domestic, shop our selection of cookbooks, candles, air plants, and other home decor! Think about their color scheme and aesthetic and we'll help you pick the perfect piece to accent their space - so thoughtful!

3. For the adventurer:

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Valentine's gifts don't have to be pink & red. These flasks are just begging for a night in front of the campfire or an adventure through the mountains! With camping season right around the corner, we've got the perfect outdoor accessories for the adventurer in your life.

4. For the handmade lovers:

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If you want to give a handmade gift but don't have the skills to make it yourself, we can help! From handmade soaps to uniquely crafted terrariums and arrangements, our stores are full of one-of-a-kind pieces that are truly unforgettable. Go with something just a little bit out of the ordinary this year & we guarantee a positive reaction!

How are you celebrating Valentine's Day this year? Anything to add to our gift guide? Let us know in the comments!

Succulent Driftwood DIY

Driftwood-7193 Now that the holidays are officially packed up until next year, we can start to look forward to spring! This means brighter colors, more greenery, pretty pastels, lots of sunshine, and a chance to take a fresh new look at our homes and gardens in ways big and small.

Last week we brought the outdoors in with our January learn + grow workshop at our LA location, where we created unique and beautiful Succulent Driftwood Arrangements with friends old and new. This is a truly stunning piece to add to your coffee table, bedroom, window sill, or wherever your home needs a pop of color. The best part about working with a vessel like driftwood is that no two pieces will be the same, no matter what!

For our out-of-state friends and those who couldn't make it to last week's workshop, see the full tutorial below to make your own succulent driftwood arrangements. Why not make an afternoon of it and invite your craftiest friends over for a day of coffee and DIYing?

What You Need:

  • Long piece of Driftwood
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Gravel
  • Potting Soil
  • Mixture of 4” succulents
  • Reindeer Moss
  • Spray bottle
  • Old Paintbrush

Directions:

1. Start by picking out your driftwood piece. Embrace the pieces that have odd curves and angles—it makes a much more interesting arrangement! If you don’t have a driftwood piece with holes like ours, you can use the natural crevices to create your arrangement or use a self-feed bit or spade bit to drill various holes along the driftwood.

  2. Cut a piece of plastic sheeting about 4” bigger in diameter than your driftwood holes. Then insert the cut plastic sheet into the holes to create a lining that will prevent the moisture from your arrangement from soaking into the driftwood. There should be an overhang of plastic sheeting around the hole—don’t cut this off yet! You will trim this off close to completing your arrangement.

 

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  3. Next, cover the bottom of your plastic lining with a ½-1 inch layer of gravel. This helps with drainage and will help prevent any rotting or odors.

  4. Now it’s planting time! We always pick out our succulents and think of a few different design and color options before digging in (Pun intended!) Add a thin layer of soil on top of your gravel before planting, we also recommend having a bucket of well draining porous soil next to you.

 

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  5. Gently message the bottom of your succulent containers and ease them out by the pot rather than pulling at their leaves. If you wish to split one pot of several or smaller succulents apart, apply the same maneuver onto their roots, gently massaging them apart. Keep in mind to be very gently! They should naturally separate with a little coaxing.

 

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  6. Next, place them in your driftwood according to the design of your choice. After all of your succulents are situated, fill in all negative space with soil and gently compact the soil. Be careful not to plant above the level the succulent was planted in its plastic nursery pot. You don’t want the soil to touch the crown, or base of your succulents. Be sure to fill in all the holes and spaces or else the roots will dry out and the plants may die!

 

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  7. Now cut off your excess plastic sheeting. Use scissors to carefully trim off the plastic along the edge of your holes.

  8. Almost there! Now it’s moss time. We used reindeer moss to add a pop of color and cover some of our bare spots on the arrangement. Just tuck a few pieces under succulent leaves and along the driftwood to your liking.

  9. You may notice a bunch of dirt nestled in your succulents and over your arrangement. Our secret is to use an old paintbrush to lightly dust off any unwanted particles and keep your arrangement looking brand-new!

 

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  WATERING + CARE:

  If you are placing your arrangement indoors, remember to keep in mind that succulents love really bright light and full sun is preferred. Wait a few days before you water your new garden, then you may proceed with normal watering. Water Make sure to water only when soil is dry, this might take a week or two weeks. Adjust your watering depending on the amount of light. Remember, more light and less water is best! Water plants once or twice a month; be sure to not get water on their leaves though. In the wintertime, succulents and cacti need rest from watering to mimic their dry season. Watering your plants depends on their environment. We can’t stress enough: always check that your soil is dry before you water!

 

Rainy Days in LA

Photo Jan 05, 11 43 55 AM El Niño is here!

If you're an LA local, you've probably been holed up in your house the last few days as we've been hit by the heaviest rain in a while. It's probably made your commute to work a bit more unpleasant, but we can't deny, we're kind of loving this gloomy weather. For one, California needs it after such a long drought! And also, it means we can stay indoors and get a little cozy.

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It can be easy to over-water succulents, so you may choose to cover them or bring them indoors when it rains - but don't they look beautiful with a coat of rain on them?

Since it sounds like El Niño is going to be around for a while this winter, one of the best ways to stay cozy and happy inside is to bring the outdoors in! Stock up on indoor plants to bring a touch of greenery to your home and you won't miss the sunshine quite as much. Stop by either of our locations to learn more about plants that thrive indoors!

With the weather so rainy this week, we've had a few Rolling Greens customers share their cozy home views accented with plants they've found at Rolling Greens. Here are a few of our favorites from @allazafaire, @iamlindsayflores, and @ihatespencernuzzi:

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Our other favorite way to stay warm & cozy? Light a beautiful candle and let the scent fill your home for the evening. Whether you're hosting a dinner party or on the couch for a Netflix marathon (let's be honest, best way to spend a rainy day), nothing turns a house into a home quicker than a candle burning.

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We have so many amazing candles in store, including this beauty from Skeem Design. Now that the holidays are over, it's the perfect time to redecorate your living space and bring in things that create your ideal room. What's your favorite way to cozy up your home?