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Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2011
5:30 PM

Post #8289020

I love putting small gardens in seashells. I keep them in my greenhouse over the winter, due to the frigility of the shells but use hardy succulents. Will enclose some pix I took today.

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Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2011
5:30 PM

Post #8289022

Here's another

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Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2011
5:31 PM

Post #8289023

Another one

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Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2011
5:32 PM

Post #8289025

Another

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Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2011
5:32 PM

Post #8289027

Oops a duplicate

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Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2011
5:33 PM

Post #8289029

One more

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Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2011
5:33 PM

Post #8289033

And another

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Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2011
5:34 PM

Post #8289038

Here we go.

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Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2011
5:34 PM

Post #8289049

They're still comin.

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Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2011
5:35 PM

Post #8289054

Ain't I cute?

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Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2011
5:36 PM

Post #8289065

More.

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Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2011
5:36 PM

Post #8289072

Would like to see pix of shell gardens other than mine. Might give me more ideas for this spring. Thanx all.

catzgalore

catzgalore
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 2, 2011
6:51 PM

Post #8289205

I never thought of using shells for succulents. Do you hang them as well?
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2011
7:19 PM

Post #8289252

How would I hang them? I couldn't drill a hole because of the weight of the potting soil & the plants. Maybe on a shelf? Any suggestions catz?

catzgalore

catzgalore
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 2, 2011
7:30 PM

Post #8289275

What about mounting them on a small piece of cork board? Or a small piece of copper?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2011
7:42 PM

Post #8289291

Really terrific use for sea shells. I have so many and it is winter so now I can occupy a day and hope to do as good a job with them as you have done.

My love is driftwood. Do you collect that as well as the sea shells?

Thanks for a great idea.
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2011
8:07 PM

Post #8289326

Hi Pirl, I love driftwood, too, but don't see too much around here. Well, we were at Fenwick Island, Delaware a couple years ago & I kind went nutz in the seashell shoppe (about a block from our motel), and with my credit card & bought up these shells I fell in love with. They were sitting around being useless in a box and I decided a couple years ago, to plant them. They have turned out wonderfully and I put them outside every spring-summer-autumn and bring them into the greenhouse when it gets to cool to leave them outside. I have mounted tillandsia on driftwood and that always looks cool. You just have to remember to water them once in a while. Maybe post a pix of a tiny bromie I got in Fla that was already attached (Mother Nature) to a small piece of driftwood.
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2011
8:07 PM

Post #8289328

Catz, good idea for hanging them. Will look into that but I would have to probably use epoxy or something like that since they are not very lightweight.

catzgalore

catzgalore
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 2, 2011
8:17 PM

Post #8289337

Oooo I just got another idea for you. Let me try to explain it so you can see it. You could take a piece of copper 2x as wide as your shell. Attach one shell on one top corner, then attach other shells in an alternating diagonal downward, sort of making it look like a waterfall of plants bordered by shells. Can you see it? Copper weathers to a beautiful patina when left outside to the elements.
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2011
8:53 PM

Post #8289365

Ohhhhhhh, So nice. Thanks.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 4, 2011
3:14 AM

Post #8291455

Do you leave these out all winter?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 4, 2011
6:11 AM

Post #8291633

How do you display them spring through fall? On a table, in a garden (or gardens), on a piece of slate or bluestone, with potted plants???

It really is a great idea - congratulations to you for thinking of it.
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2011
8:21 AM

Post #8291839

I don't leave them out all winter because of the fragility of the seashells but you could, really do that. I have left them outside a year ago.I use hardy vining succulents to plant in them and keep them in the greenhouse on the bench until spring when I can put them outside. Hope you good people get to try this. It's a lot of fun and really brightens your garden. By the way, I also use fossilized rocks & minerals that we have collected on club trips, to circle around the house. That is too cool.
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2011
2:12 PM

Post #8292355

I was on a garden tour where the homeowner had many shells hanging in trees. She had small bromeliads like tillandsias and succulents in them. I do not remember how she hung them, perhaps she drilled a small hole in the shell which would not be difficult. I can't remember if I got any photos, this was about 5 years ago but I will check. I think shells make wonderful planters and you chose some nice plants for yours.
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2011
2:21 PM

Post #8292364

Surprise, I found one photo! The shell appears to have some type of wire attached but it is not clear how it was done.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 4, 2011
2:30 PM

Post #8292377

So nice. Thank you, Ardesia. Isn't that wire the same type as they use for orchids?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 4, 2011
4:17 PM

Post #8292533

I believe in superglue.
The seashells are really beautiful. I wish I lived near the ocean. Maybe I will try some shops online to buy some.
I believe you find yours on the beach as would Pirl, but what about those of us who are landlubbers.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 4, 2011
6:16 PM

Post #8292749

Here's a whole page, Jo Ann:
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=2&oq=buying+seashells&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGLG_enUS312US312&q=buying+seashells+online

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2011
2:30 AM

Post #8293068

thanks
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2011
7:29 AM

Post #8293389

It appears that a tiny hole was drilled in your seashell pix, Ardesia, and the wire gently wrapped. It works wonderfully!
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2011
7:59 AM

Post #8293435

Here's another use for seashells. I bought this 3 1/2 X 5 picture from a photographer at a craft show & bought a frame from Kohl's and then started glueing some of my fossils & seashells on it. I think I will continue filling in the holes until the frame is completely filled with seashells & fossils.
Here's a link to a site that sells frames with the shells already on them. Tew kewel.
http://www.seashellco.com/photo-frames-c-690_346.html

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(isn't that amazing that if you don't crop a picture, you can learn what a person is like by the clutter around it? LOLOLOLOL Next one will be cropped.

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Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2011
8:11 AM

Post #8293463

Here's the cropped one.
Please ignore the previous one above it. Uh Oh, Too late!!!!!! ROTFL

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2011
9:44 AM

Post #8293632

LOL
confussedlady
Columbus, OH

January 7, 2011
8:17 AM

Post #8297135

What nice ideas. Ardesia I really like your idea. I am thinking the plant should be
one that is upright and will remain small. Do you know the name of the plant
used in your shell. Thanks for the idea.
confussedlady
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 7, 2011
9:01 AM

Post #8297206

Tillandsia
Okyo
Manassas, VA
(Zone 7b)

January 7, 2011
5:50 PM

Post #8298110

Great idea what to do with sea shells. My son brought back several from the islands that I have been using them in the Gardens. I think I will bring them inside & do some serious planting & drilling & using some super glue. Thanks for all the directions. I will post some pictures once I get my Christmas present hooked up (new scanner) once I read all the directions & figue out what way I need to go. Don't you all love all the directions we get with all this new equipment that is on the market these days. I am lost. The instructions lull me to sleep. How about you ?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 7, 2011
5:55 PM

Post #8298117

When I first bought my digital camera I made the mistake of not opening the manual to page 1 but opened it instead to "Discharging rechargeable batteries". It took a long time before I ever opened the manual again. Some things just sound so much more difficult than they truly are.
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 7, 2011
6:20 PM

Post #8298162

I go thru the instruction book & keep referring back to it. I also experiment by taking the same picture using different settings every time. I had 2 shells left & used a bromeliad in one of them & planted a succulent in the other one. Will take pix tomorrow.
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 7, 2011
6:21 PM

Post #8298164

Looking forward to seeing pix of other seashell gardens.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 8, 2011
4:53 AM

Post #8298568

I always bring the manual when we are on vacation and study a page at a time. My favorite photography is gardens (what a shock!) and I love using the aperture setting.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 11, 2011
1:54 AM

Post #8303927

I discovered "panorama assist" and it changed my life.
I tend to like long shots of gardens .
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 11, 2011
5:22 AM

Post #8304063

Oh Cool. Would love to see your pix sometimes, in another post. Here's a pix of the seashell picture all completed as of last night. It's sitting here on my computer where I can love it. It's going along when we go camping in the spring. I also have some tumbled river stones & I want to make a frame with them but not sure what pix to put in. Oh I know, I have pretty pix of streams & waterfalls.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 11, 2011
5:30 AM

Post #8304072

Very nice!
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

February 1, 2011
9:13 PM

Post #8344260

The frame is gorgeous, thanks for sharing. I have a favorite picture of my kids at the beach and I've never liked the frame. There was a basket of shells at the dollar store, hope they still have them.
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 2, 2011
7:41 AM

Post #8344806

Cathy4, Michaels has the bags of very pretty shells for $ 4.99.
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2011
8:08 AM

Post #8344864

Thanks Button, once we dig out of our ice and snow, I'll have to head out.
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 2, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8345486

Oh man, how much did you get? We got mostly ice.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 2, 2011
2:41 PM

Post #8345567

Beautiful icy photo.
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 3, 2011
6:43 AM

Post #8346437

Thank you, Pirl.

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