A Pot of Cactus

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We are still having really hot, hot weather and the gardens desperately need a good soaking rain. I keep the veggies watered but just can’t risk using the well water for anything else.

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My latest rock project was to make a couple of pots of cacti.

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I picked out the longer shaped rocks and all the shades of green paint I have and started painting. Many times I mixed the shades of green together and when they were dry added some details to represent the spikes or spines on the cactus.

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The first group of cactus is displayed in an oversize blue mug on a table on the deck. I love how it looks with a couple of other blue pots planted with sempervivum.

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This mug was filled with dirt first, then the rocks set in and small rocks added to the top.

Steps in rock painting:

  • clean the rocks
  • paint each side of the rock, (this is my choice but not necessary), sometimes the natural rock is really pretty
  • let dry thoroughly before turning over
  • add your details, let dry
  • add a Mod Podge gloss layer, (again this is my personal choice), let dry before doing the other side
  • you can add a second Mod Podge gloss layer if you wish
  • let dry
  • spray with a fixative, sealant, or a varnish
  • let dry completely before turning over, the longer you let it dry the better the finish will be
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A second pot of cactus was set up in an orange/beige pot. This time I filled the pot with all small stones, set the rocks in and added a few more stones.

At least these cactus don’t need watering.

painting cactus rocks at craftygardener.ca

When I get back to my favourite place to get rocks I’m going to get lots more small ones and replace the dirt in the blue mug.

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This is a list of all the different rocks I’ve painted. I do hide lots of my painted rocks but these are ones for the garden. I love garden whimsy and in the photo below you can see some painted rocks, my fairy house, and a mosaic stepping stone.

part of the front shady garden at craftygardener.ca

A favourite rock project was the gate tree that I made a few years ago.

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24 Responses

  1. Joy O'Connor

    Linda these are so darn cute ! .. I think I could get them to “live” a lot longer than any other house plant I have managed (I have a black thumb when it comes to house plants).
    You made me smile big time seeing this .. you are so creative !

    • Crafty Gardener

      At least these cactus plants don’t need watering. We desperately need rain, and the 40% chance they keep saying never materializes. Stay cool and enjoy the shade.

  2. yvette chilcott

    hi Linda, I love your cactus garden, lol. As for the vegie gardens, oh dear. The rains have gone around us for weeks, and things are getting desperate. Here’s hoping the 30% chance tonight and the 60% chance tomorrow will result in a long steady rain.

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Yvette, yes we desperately need rain. I just came in from early morning watering. The beans are drying right out, but we have had about 3 good dinners from them and I’m not sure how many more we will get. The tomatoes are producing prolific amounts, probably because I keep them well watered. It is hard to walk on the ground that was once wanna be grass. But the weeds continue to grow!! Hosta and ferns are drying right out and they usually aren’t affected by lack of rain, but with so much sun and heat it is getting to them. Fingers crossed for rain, perhaps we both need to go out and do a rain dance tonight!! I’ve even cut back on baking as it makes the kitchen so hot. Have a good day.

  3. Vondean Erickson

    Linda.
    This is such a neat idea. I like the no watering part.

  4. Julie

    I love these painted rock cacti, I really must stop procrastinating and actually make one one day! Yours are lovely in those containers, especially the blue mug.

  5. Michelle

    Oh wow! This is absolutely fabulous! At first glance, I thought they really were cactus. Pinning. This might be the one plant that works on my west facing balcony. LOL! I’ll be featuring these cacti in this week’s Creative Compulsions.

    Michelle

  6. Linda

    These are fabulous Linda, I love cacti! yet another idea I will be taking from you, that stone tree is amazing as well, I’m trying to think where I could put something like it in my small garden.

  7. deb @ homewardFOUND

    Linda, your cactus painted rocks are DARLING! i love your creative idea of planting them in a large mug, and oh MY that rock tree is just fabulous. (if you haven’t shared that on the Funky Junk Interiors blog weekly link party, you SHOULD!)

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Deb,
      The cactus rocks were fun to paint.
      I just discovered the Funky Junk site and joined for the first time this week. I will certainly share my gate tree in the future.
      I just love garden art made out of recycled, upcycled and junk.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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