Here come the pumpcullents!

Laura Eubanks’ pumpcullents

These pumpkin/​succulent com­bi­na­tions were cre­ated last year by Laura Eubanks of Design for Seren­ity. I attended a work­shop Laura taught and learned how easy it is to make these beau­ti­ful arrange­ments. They can last up to 9 months because the pump­kin is not cut. To find out how to make one google “lauras pump­kins” or enter the same on the right of my web­site, where the search box is. Either way you will get the tuto­r­ial. Laura is giv­ing a work­shop on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 3 at Gar­dens by the Sea Nurs­ery. Go to her web­site www​.design​forseren​ity​.com to register.


Laura’s pumpkins

The pump­kins every­one is gaga for!

These are THE pump­kins every­one is gaga for! Cre­ated by Laura Eubanks of San Diego, they are the per­fect com­bi­na­tion for a South­west­ern Thanks­giv­ing. I took Laura’s class at Green Gar­dens Nurs­ery in San Diego last Sat­ur­day, and now I’m going to share what I learned. First of all, it’s easy to get ter­rific results! Assem­ble the fol­low­ing: clear gel craft glue (Laura uses Aleene’s brand), a glue gun, spray glue, a pump­kin with a bowl shaped top, moss, small and mini suc­cu­lents, seeds, pods and dried buds (can be col­lected under trees).

Glu­ing on the moss

As you can see, the moss is ordi­nary — spray the top of the pump­kin well with the spray glue. You don’t want to glue any­thing on the sides as they won’t stick: con­fine the moss to the top. The moss should be 12 ” thick, pat­ted down.

A sam­pling of the materials

Now you are ready to start glu­ing on the larger suc­cu­lents and buds with the clear gel glue. The larger pieces should be glued first, towards the cen­ter. It’s best to have no stems or cut them very short and to have a vari­ety of col­ors if possible.

Next glue in the smaller suc­cu­lents, buds, pods, etc. with the same gel glue. Tuck lit­tle pieces in all over, mix­ing up the col­ors. You can see the first photo for guid­ance. It’s best to have a lot of stuff as that makes the pump­kins inter­est­ing. Seeds and pods around the perime­ter should be attached with a glue gun.

The pump­kin should dry for about 12 hours. Laura rec­om­mends the fol­low­ing care: keep out of direct sun­light, Mist with tap water once a week, keep indoors for up to one week at a time, best out­doors in a semi-​shady loca­tion. Laura had a pump­kin last for almost 9 months, although there are no guarantees!

Laura is sell­ing these along with Christ­mas pump­kins on her web­site, www​.design4seren​ity​.com. There is a lim­ited deliv­ery area as they are too heavy and frag­ile to ship. Laura and hus­band Greg Eubanks are both Mas­ter Gar­den­ers, and they offer “design and imple­men­ta­tion of inti­mate gar­den set­tings.” In addi­tion, Laura is a Mas­ter Com­poster (!), gar­den lec­turer, and con­ducts work­shops. Thank you, Laura, for your gen­eros­ity in shar­ing your pump­kins with my readers!

Green Gar­dens Nurs­ery is a won­der­ful neigh­bor­hood busi­ness in Pacific Beach, a sub­urb of San Diego. They are get­ting geared up for the hol­i­days with exten­sive offer­ings. Their web­site is www​.sdgreen​gar​dens​.com. They have a ter­rific suc­cu­lent col­lec­tion for sale, as well as some of Laura’s pumpkins.

On the web:

Fri­day, 114 — Sun­day 116 Green Gar­dens Nurs­ery (see above) will be hav­ing their Annual Hol­i­day Open House with refresh­ments and a 15% dis­count on gift shop items. Fri­day 47pm, Sat­ur­day and Sun­day 8am — 5pm. (858) 4837846

More fun than a barrel of pumpkins!

And fewer calo­ries! Who would have thought that suc­cu­lents and pump­kins could mix! Mas­ter gar­dener Laura Eubanks did. She will be giv­ing a sem­i­nar at Green Gar­dens Nurs­ery in Pacific Beach on Sat­ur­day Octo­ber 22 at 2 pm on the cre­ation of these beau­ties. Laura was kind enough to give the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion for those of us who can­not attend: “We won’t have need to cut into the pump­kins as all of the suc­cu­lents are glued to a thin layer of sphag­num moss which, in turn is glued to the top of the gourd! With a lit­tle TLC, the suc­cu­lents will root right through the glue and into the moss. I have suc­cu­lent topped pump­kins from last year!” Inge­nious! Green Gar­dens will also be sell­ing some of the suc­cu­lent pump­kin cen­ter­pieces at the nurs­ery. (www​.sdgreen​gar​dens​.com) If you are not famil­iar with Green Gar­dens, take a trip to check it out! It’s a gem of a nurs­ery that offers espe­cially cre­ative shop­ping dur­ing the holidays.

HOLD THE PRESSES: 10/​16/​2011 — I will be able to attend the pumpkin/​succulent class on Sat­ur­day. I’ll take pho­tos and sup­ply instruc­tions so you can make these at home!

Barrels and Branches Nursery branches out at Halloween

Pump­kin fun at Bar­rels and Branches, Encinitas

Even peo­ple who hate squash love pump­kins — or maybe it’s just the idea of pump­kins that they love. I per­son­ally don’t think of pump­kins when I think of squash — which is almost never any­way. It must be painful to be a squash farmer except at Hal­loween. But most SoCal nurs­eries have fun with pump­kins in the fall — like Bar­rels and Branches in Encini­tas (www​.bar​rel​sand​branches​.com). It’s amaz­ing how so many fall­ish plants such as mums are of a like mind, bloom­ing in oranges, reds and yel­lows, like pump­kins and gourds. Many suc­cu­lents coöper­ate also, like “Sticks on Fire” a form of the suc­cu­lent Euphor­bia Tiru­calli. Bar­rels and Branches is a full ser­vice nurs­ery with lots of great plants, pots and gift items but they get very frisky with pump­kins at Halloween!

Still life at B and B

On the web:

Pump­kin patches to enjoy:

Ven­tura County: www​.ven​tu​ra​coun​tyrealestatetalk​.com/​2007​/​10​/​03​/​v​e​n​t​u​r​a​-​c​o​u​n​t​y​-​p​u​m​p​k​i​n​-​p​a​t​c​h​e​s​-​c​o​r​n​-​m​a​z​e​s​-​a​n​d​-​h​a​y​-​r​i​des/​many loca­tions to choose from.

Los Ange­les County: http://www​.shawn​spump​kin​patch​.com /​has 2 loca­tions, in Santa Mon­ica and Cul­ver City.

Orange County: Irvine Park Rail­road /​www​.irvineparkrail​road​.com/​a really big venue with bike and boat rentals, hayrides, train rides, moon bounce and a lot more.

San Diego County: Bates Nut Farm in Val­ley Cen­ter www​.bates​nut​farm​.biz /​has hayrides, a maze, pony rides and more.

For more SoCal events: www​.paci​fi​chor​ti​cul​ture​.org/​c​a​l​e​n​d​a​r​/​s​o​C​al/

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