A few years ago, it was all about pineapples in home décor. Recently, it seems that the baton has been passed to the cactus. Lots of homewares have been given the cacti treatment. Cactus wallpaper, cactus candles, cactus vases, cactus cushions and cactus lights – the list goes on & on!
Here are three cactus lights at various price points that caught our eye.
- SUNNYLIFE cactus small neon light: £22, Selfridges
- Cactus marquee light: £60, Etsy
- Home Collection ‘Cactus’ marquee floor light: £135, Debenhams
We’ve got a box full of random pieces of vintage crockery – kept in store just in case we need them to make up sets. To be honest, this doesn’t happen that often so we decided to give them a new life in a different way.
Amongst the selection are a whole host of lovely cups – the perfect home for small plants. We did something similar with colourful tins some time ago.
So it was off to our local garden centre where we bought small cacti, succulent compost and fine gravel.
As there are no drainage holes, start with a good layer of gravel to prevent water-logging. You’ll still need to avoid over-watering though – especially in the winter.
Certain cacti seem to suit certain cups – whether it’s the size, shape, form or colour.
Surround with the succulent compost and firm in.
Finish with an attractive top layer – we chose this crushed shell mix that they had in the aquarium section of the garden centre.
And voilà – cactus in a cup!
We think they look gorgeous – especially in a small grouping. We kept a few for ourselves and took some to our antiques centre space, where they’ve found a nice home on a window sill.
We have quite a few cacti dotted around the house – mainly in pretty, upcycled tins and little terracotta pots. We’re not the best at taking care of house plants to be honest, but green fingered or not, there’s no danger of killing off this selection of succulents.
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We’ve had some great feedback about our recent cacti blog post and an image of them almost immediately got Explored when we uploaded it to Flickr – it’s had over 3,500 views in less than a week!
We found this fabulous collection of cacti on Flickr – we doubt whether any ours will ever get this tall!
These colourful old tins looked a bit too pretty to put into the recycling bin.
A small collection had been sitting under the kitchen sink for months… but what to do with them?
Initially we thought herbs, but we’ve always liked succulents and we’ve seen some lovely little groupings in magazines & Pinterest – often in a selection of nice pots sitting on a windowsill. It suddenly struck us that these tins would be perfect.
Succulents & cacti come in such an amazing variety of sizes, shapes & colours – perfect to compliment the different tins.
We also put some in small terracotta pots. Fortunately we live about a mile away from Gordon Rigg Garden Centre and they had a great selection – we bought more succulents than we had tins! They cost between 65p & £1.50 each so it didn’t break the bank! We saw bags of tiny crushed shells in the aquarium section of the garden centre and they finished the containers off perfectly.
The tins are now dotted around the kitchen and the pots in the bathroom. We’re very happy with the results – they look great and virtually look after of themselves.