We’re “Growing” at the Greenhouses

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For the third year in a row, my friends and I have been doing a “Ladies Night Out” with the help of my brother, Mark and Sailer Greenhouses.   We go out to the greenhouses and they put on a “make-n-take” night where we put together a flower garden, fill planters or even design your own fairy garden, if you’re interested.  This year the theme is “succulents and terrarium gardens”.

In botany, succulent plants, also known as succulents or sometimes fat plants, are plants having some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. Succulent plants may store water in various structures, such as leaves and stems.

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In horticultural use, the term “succulent” is often used in a way which excludes plants that botanists would regard as succulents, such as cacti. Succulents are often grown as ornamental plants because of their striking and unusual appearance.

Not to be confused with cactus; nearly all cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti.

The cactus-like plants come in a variety of striking shapes and unusual colors. Succulents are easy to care for and require little attention. They are good for inside or outside.

When we arrived, Nikki greeted us and gave us the agenda for the night.  We listened carefully to what our expectations were, then laughed and said…”We’ll do our best Nikki, be patient with us.”   ha!

We love Nikki!

We love Nikki!

We were able to choose whether we wanted to do a glass terrarium planter or a plastic bowl planter.   We filled them with soil and the gals that did a terrarium bowls, added rocks or pebbles to the bottoms of theirs.  Once the dirt was in, it was time to travel around the greenhouse and pick out succulents.  They have many colors & varieties to choose from, so that’s always the difficult part.  I always hope I pick a good one that will grow well on my deck.  It can be a lot of pressure.  ha~

Claire did a ‘woodland’ themed bowl.

Claire did a ‘woodland’ themed bowl.

Before we all got to work, we relaxed a bit and enjoyed some wine and good company amongst our friends.  We met some new people this year who have joined our group and I believe they enjoyed it and will be coming again next year.  We love when our group “grows”.   We welcomed Jean’s mom, Neva, Fran, Sandy, Liz and Kristy.

Liz came prepared with these cute hot-pink gloves!

Liz came prepared with these cute hot-pink gloves!

Fran made a stylish hat~

Fran made a stylish hat~

Mother-Daughter team~

Mother-Daughter team~

Sheri made brownie bites...perfect compliment to wine.

Sheri made brownie bites…perfect compliment to wine.

Claire donated Peeps for the night...hey, it worked!

Claire donated Peeps for the night…hey, it worked!

We filled and filled and filled some more, into our pots.  Nikki says to really pack them in this time.  Okay, that was easy.  Then it was on to the embellishment table.  They had some fun things to choose from.  We had colored rocks/pebbles,  river rocks, colored sand, moss, mini gazing balls, tiny woodland animals, etc.  Anything you wanted, they seemed to have.  Just ask Nikki and she’d tell you where to find it.

The accessory tables.

The accessory tables.

Dawn & Sheri’s creations!

Dawn & Sheri’s creations!

Laura & I coordinated our colors for our backyards

Laura & I coordinated our colors for our backyards

Jean found a pretty purple container to work with.

Jean found a pretty purple container to work with.

Love Elizabeth’s terrarium garden.  She’s such an artist!

Love Elizabeth’s terrarium garden. She’s such an artist!

Once we finished our planters, we really didn’t want to leave.  There’s something so calming about being inside the greenhouses.  They’re warm, colorful, and they smell good. And…..most importantly, they have the cutest dogs!  We hated to leave!!   Yes, Murphy & Jake were part of our Ladies Night as well.

Erin had meat & cheese in her hands.

Erin had meat & cheese in her hands.

Thank you so much Mark, Peggy & Nikki for donating your Friday night to us.  We appreciate it and loved every moment.  We will all be back many times before next April.  You make us happy.  🙂

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3 comments

  1. So much fun! I did not want to leave the warm green house. It was so beautiful!
    Everybody’s plants looked amazing!

  2. I love the title of your blog,very creative ,this has become a big highlight of my year and instead of take and bake I love it ,make and take.
    This was extremely relaxing and so enjoyable the friendships blooming over pretty pots.
    Thankyou Sailers, you made us feel at home and very creative,who knew we would be talking about contrasting colors.

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