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Lazy Gardener’s Delight – 32 remixed Maxis plants * Update 2008-05-11: OfB users, please redownload!

by plasticbox Posted 10th May 2009 at 10:53 PM - Updated 5th Feb 2010 at 10:24 AM by plasticbox
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
I made this a "Happy Birthday" download even though it's not terribly apocalyptic – it has flowers after all, and is also the result of a lot of cool new stuff I learned recently, which in the end is what this site is about. Go read the tutorials in the create section, it's fun!


Update, 2008-05-11: I used to think that custom objects can't be made placeable on OfB shelves without making them Base-Game-incompatible – turns out that I was wrong. I fixed the placeability, so if you have OfB, please redownload. Thanks for the heads-up!

All of the objects are placeable on OfB shelves now, see post #36 of this thread for a screenshot. They're still base game compatible. You may or may not need to re-buy them for the fix to take effect.


Overview:


32 new decorative plants, made from the base game plants taken apart and put back together in different ways. Almost all of the meshes are reshaped in some way (not just enlarged or shrunk clones of the original) and often also cleaned up in the process, so that you can have more than one plant of the same kind and it will still look realistic. Who has one succulent in their house, after all?

There are no custom textures involved here, everything uses the original ones in new combinations – which means the whole thing is very lightweight, and all recolours you have for the Maxis plants will work for these as well. Since the same pots/plants are linked to the same textures each, finally you can colour-coordinate potted plants!

All of these plants are decorative, which means they're evergreen and don't need to be watered or trimmed. Lazy gardeners will be delighted, I hope. They're in Plants/Decorative (the watering cans too – I left in the Plant Want fulfillment for those as well, since I figured that a sim who loves plants would also love something that plants love).

The only part that is never recolourable is the clay pot that is originally from the "Hydroponic Garden" reward – because 1. I'm not aware of any recolours for that, 2. I don't know wether it's recolourable at all, and 3. these pots only come in one colour anyway, which is the one they already have.

Aside of the plants themselves, I made three recolours for the Maxis "Simulated Succulent" and one for the rubber tree – the main difference is in the pots (black for the rubber tree, red/white/terracotta for the succulent), but the leaves are also darker or lighter, and one of the succulent recolours has an invisible plant which is useful for making empty pots.



Floor plants:


Large Cactus – Reduced version of the large outdoor cactus, in a pot from the "Hydroponic Garden" reward.
In-game price: 400§ · Package name: hydropot-cactus-large · Polygons: 1330

Medium Simulated Succulent
Smaller version of the "Simulated Succulent", shown with a recolour that has slightly darker leaves. The pot matches the Maxis rubber tree pot (but is reshaped/remapped) and is linked to its texture. Can also be placed on tables.
In-game price: 115§ · Package name: rubberpot-succulent-medium · Polygons: 649

Medium Fern
Larger version of the "Falling Fern" in a "Hydroponic Garden" pot (I used the original low-poly version of the pot for this one, since it's mostly hidden behind the leaves anyway). Can also be placed on tables.
In-game price: 120§ · Package name: hydropot-fern-medium · Polygons: 654

Agave
This is the slightly modified base of the agave tree (that weird-looking alien plant), in a re-shaped "Fruitless Fig Tree" pot.
In-game price: 190§ · Package name: figtreepot-agave · Polygons: 402

Rubber Plant
Edit of the rubber tree, in a re-shaped "Simulated Succulent" pot. Pictured with one of the succulent recolours.
In-game price: 160§ · Package name: succulentpot-rubberplant · Polygons: 622




Potted Shrub – The top of the "No-Fuss Ficus" acting as shrub, in a re-shaped "Simulated Succulent" pot. Pictured with one of the succulent recolours.
In-game price: 150§ · Package name: succulentpot-ficusshrub · Polygons: 1063

Empty Pot
This is the "Large Succulent" plant (see below) with an invisible succulent recolour. You can make all of the succulent-inhabited pots "empty" this way if you're in need of empty pots.
In-game price: 180§ · Package name: hydropot-succulent-large · Polygons: 1176

Floor Vase with Sunflowers
Three of the sunflowers from the 45§ sunflower vase in one of the vases from the "Musée Public" sculpture. Can also be placed on tables.
In-game price: 180§ · Package name: vasepublic-sunflowers · Polygons: 659

Sunflower
One sunflower from the 45§ sunflower vase in a "Hydroponic Garden" pot with a dinner plate underneath. Can also be placed on tables. (I believe this would pick up any default overrides you have for the dinner plate, but I haven't tested that.)
In-game price: 80§ · Package name: hydropot-sunflower · Polygons: 845

Potted Oleander
The oleander shrub, in a re-shaped "Simulated Succulent" pot. I believe the shrub mesh is not edited (or not so much so that you could see a difference).
In-game price: 240§ · Package name: succulentpot-oleander · Polygons: 1454

Watering Can
The watering can accessory, made buyable and enlarged to a more heavy-duty size. There is a small version (original size) as well, not pictured since it's identical except for the size. Both are placed diagonally/off-center, because who lines up their watering cans with a ruler?
In-game price (large): 60§ · Package name: wateringcan-large · Polygons: 1128
In-game price (small): 40§ · Package name: wateringcan-small · Polygons: 1128



See screenshot "floorplants03" for these:

Ficus Tree
Taken out of its pea-sized pot, slightly reshaped, and put in a "Simulated Succulent" pot. Pictured using a recolour of the succulent.
In-game price: 280§ · Package name: succulentpot-ficus · Polygons: 1229

Fig Tree
The "Fruitless Fig Tree", slightly reshaped, in a larger "Simulated Succulent" pot. Pictured using a recolour of the succulent. On the screenshot, the lowest branch of the tree is backwards but this is fixed – I only didn't take a new screenshot afterwards.
In-game price: 360§ · Package name: succulentpot-figtree · Polygons: 1011

Large Simulated Succulent
A larger version of the "Simulated Succulent", in a pot from the "Hydroponic Garden" reward.
In-game price: 180§ · Package name: hydropot-succulent-large · Polygons: 1176



Table plants:


Table Fern
Smaller, edited version of the "Falling Fern", in a pot from the "Hydroponic Garden" reward sitting on a dessert plate.
In-game price: 70§ · Package name: hydropot-fern-small · Polygons: 746

Small Simulated Succulent
Smaller and edited version of the "Simulated Succulent", in a pot from the "Hydroponic Garden" reward.
In-game price: 80§ · Package name: hydropot-succulent-small · Polygons: 796

Table Hosta
Smaller and edited version of the "Hanging Hosta", in a pot from the "Hydroponic Garden" reward. The tray it sits on is from the "Anytime Candles" and is recolourable.
In-game price: 60§ · Package name: hydropot-hosta · Polygons: 762

Bonsai
"Blue Sky Bonsai", now with a more reasonable poly count, in a reshaped pot from the rubber tree. Shown with a rubber tree recolour (black pot).
In-game price: 200§ · Package name: rubberpot-bonsai-medium · Polygons: 426

Small Rubber Tree
A small part of the rubber tree in a "Hydroponic Garden" pot.
In-game price: 55§ · Package name: hydropot-rubbertree-small · Polygons: 613

Smaller Rubber Tree
A smaller part of the rubber tree, again in a pot from the "Hydroponic Garden" reward.
In-game price: 45§ · Package name: hydropot-rubbertree-smaller · Polygons: 541



See screenshot "tableplants02" for these:

Tulips in a Vase
Two tulips in a reshaped version of the 35§ glass vase. These are garden tulips and will pick up any "Tip-Top Tulips" recolours you have, so it corresponds to what your sims actually have in their garden.
In-game price: 40§ · Package name: vasefleur-tulips · Polygons: 548

Daffodils
Daffodils from the 35§ glass vase, with leaf texture from the tulip flowerbed (not very detailed, but it's the best I could find), on a tray from the "Anytime Candles" sculpture. Tray and flowers are recolourable.
In-game price: 65§ · Package name: hydropot-daffodils · Polygons: 1444

Daffodil in a Vase
One of the daffodils from the 35§ glass vase, slightly enlarged, in one of the "Musée Public" vases.
In-game price: 90§ · Package name: vasepublic-daffodil · Polygons: 331

Hydrangea in a Pot
Reduced version of the blue hydrangea shrub, in a pot from the "Hydroponic Garden" reward. I'm afraid the original shrub isn't recolourable, so this isn’t either.
In-game price: 75§ · Package name: hydropot-hydrangea · Polygons: 884

Daisies in a Pot
Daisies from the "Daisies of Our Lives" flowerbed, in a "Hydroponic Garden" pot. Uses all textures of the daisies flowerbed.
In-game price: 55§ · Package name: hydropot-hydrangea · Polygons: 742

Mini Bougainvillea
Re-shaped and much smaller version of the bougainvillea shrub, in a pot from the "Hydroponic Garden" reward. This uses all textures of the original shrub.
In-game price: 70§ · Package name: hydropot-bougainvillea · Polygons: 798



See screenshot "tableplants03" for these:

Mini Agave
Tiny version of the agave tree ("Century Plant"), in a shrunk and reshaped "Simulated Succulent" pot.
In-game price: 40§ · Package name: succulentpot-agave-mini · Polygons: 570

Re-Potted Orchid
The same orchid that is already in the game, in a less eccentric pot (this is the (slightly re-shaped) pot from the "Falling Fern", which is quite underappreciated since it's normally hidden behind all the fern). The plate it sits on is the dessert plate.
In-game price: 150§ · Package name: fernpot-orchid · Polygons: 734

Mini Cactus
A baby cactus tree in a small "Hydroponic Garden" pot. Uses the texture of the large outdoor cactus.
In-game price: 45§ · Package name: hydropot-cactus-mini · Polygons: 470

Mini Rubber Plant
Minimalistic rubber tree, in a shrunk and reshaped "Simulated Succulent" pot. Shown with a succulent recolour.
In-game price: 35§ · Package name: succulentpot-rubbertree-mini · Polygons: 418

Prickly Pear in a Pot
Taken from the "Prickly Pears" flowerbed and put in a shrunk and reshaped "Simulated Succulent" pot. Shown with a succulent recolour.
In-game price: 40§ · Package name: succulentpot-cactus-mini · Polygons: 516

Small Table Hosta
Edit of the "Hanging Hosta", in a shrunk and reshaped "Falling Fern" pot.
In-game price: 85§ · Package name: fernpot-hosta-small · Polygons: 302



All of the table plants can also be placed on the floor, except for the glass vase with tulips. I made sure that none of my meshes will poke through walls. Everything has a proper groundshadow except for the watering cans (those are very outdoorsy-looking, and groundshadows only show up indoors, so it would have been kind of pointless).

Feel free to recycle these meshes, particularly if you do something that involves sunflowers, tulips, bonsais or ferns; mine are probably still far from perfect but at least there's no more obvious holes, broken necks, or leaves hanging in mid-air now.


Made with Blender and SimPE. Many thanks to IgnorantBliss, Numenor, JWoods, Maylin, Lethe and everyone else who posted information and tutorials in the Create section, and also to the people who take care of the blenderwiki.


I do not take requests.

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Test Subject
#2 Old 10th May 2009 at 11:13 PM
Wow, fantastic, these will look really nice in my homes.
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 10th May 2009 at 11:23 PM
Never can have enough plants. Thank you, these are great
Forum Resident
#4 Old 10th May 2009 at 11:33 PM
Woooow. This is so awesome...!!
Field Researcher
#5 Old 10th May 2009 at 11:43 PM
absolute awesome!! Thanks for your hard work
Mad Poster
#6 Old 10th May 2009 at 11:53 PM
This is amazing! I love stuff that matches with Maxis like this while still adding much-needed variety to the game.
Field Researcher
#7 Old 11th May 2009 at 12:03 AM
Wow, this is awesome, thank you

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Test Subject
#8 Old 11th May 2009 at 12:13 AM
Fantastic! Thank you! :D

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#9 Old 11th May 2009 at 12:23 AM
A potted big cactus, that totally rocks! Great work on everything!

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Field Researcher
#10 Old 11th May 2009 at 12:33 AM
Never enough plants - and these are amazing! Thanks!
Field Researcher
#11 Old 11th May 2009 at 12:43 AM
These are great. I'm looking forward to having more classic looking plants. Thank you!
Field Researcher
#12 Old 11th May 2009 at 12:53 AM
Thank you for feeding my plant addiction! They look marvelous, and Maxis Match sends it over the top!

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Instructor
#13 Old 11th May 2009 at 1:03 AM
Thankyou so much! These are amazing!
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Field Researcher
#14 Old 11th May 2009 at 1:23 AM
Oh aren't these just beautiful.What a great job you did they look great.Downloading now.Thank god someone made cute plants that aren't the height of a giant palm tree.lol
Again beautiful work Plasticbox.
Instructor
#15 Old 11th May 2009 at 1:33 AM
Brilliant! Thank you so much. =)
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 11th May 2009 at 1:43 AM
Wow, Wow, these are beyond perfect for me, i've looked for plants like this great job. Thank you heaps

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Field Researcher
#17 Old 11th May 2009 at 1:53 AM
Superb! I love cluttering my houses up with green. Thanks, plasticbox!
Field Researcher
#18 Old 11th May 2009 at 2:03 AM
Such a cool idea!! I love these...thank you thank you thank you!!!
Test Subject
#19 Old 11th May 2009 at 2:13 AM
Wow! This is totally outstanding!! I love this!! Tremendous work!! Thanks so much!!
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 11th May 2009 at 2:23 AM
Great job. I love plants. Thank you very much plasticbox.
Field Researcher
#21 Old 11th May 2009 at 2:33 AM
Love Em!!!!

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Forum Resident
#22 Old 11th May 2009 at 2:43 AM
This is really a stunning set! It have been a lot of work... Thank you very much, i love plants
Lab Assistant
#23 Old 11th May 2009 at 2:53 AM
You can never have too many plants and these are absolutly gorgeous! I love them! Thank you so much!
Lab Assistant
#24 Old 11th May 2009 at 3:03 AM
I want to be all disappointed because you're not uploading houses - but these are just so fab and just what I wanted (and needed, as nice Maxis Match plants take some hunting down).

So, in conclusion, thank you, these are great!
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 11th May 2009 at 3:13 AM
Great idea and a very nice result. Thank you<3

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