I decided to be brave and get some tropical plants--which, unlike succulents, love moisture and humidity. That was a bad idea. I bought some carnivorous plants. I gave them rain water per the grower's instructions, but the brown part of my thumb got the best of them. They are now buried in the yard-debris bin. Not to be outdone, I bought some hibiscus and planted them close to the house to keep them as warm as possible. During the first sign of frost, the hibiscus was decimated.
The main reason I wanted to start collecting tropical plants was that they remind me so much of my visits to Bali. I came up with a way to combine both my love for succulents and the tropics. It happened when I placed a swatch of batik in an acrylic frame. I suddenly envisioned it as a background for some succulents.
I circled where I wanted to insert the succulents, removed the acrylic frame, and then melted holes through the markings with my wood burner.
I took some succulent cuttings from my garden and inserted each cutting into a hole. To stabilize and secure the plants, I wrapped their stems with florist tape.
Now, I can display my love for succulents and Bali without killing innocent plants.