About me

About me
๐ŸŒฟ I've been gardening ever since a child, when I spent time with my father in his vegetable garden. But my fascination with Echeverias started in the 1980's, when my father gave me a pot with five Echeverias, which turned out to be E. imbricata. At first I wasn't much interested in them and planted them in some obscure corner of the garden and completely forgot about them. How great was my surprise when, a couple of months later, I noticed that they had spread and made a beautiful display - I was hooked!
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Sunday, 28 September 2014

The outside room

As I look out to my garden
I feel a sense of pride
It really is a lovely room
Except it is outside!
~ unknown

A collection of succulents and ferns in my private bathroom-garden with a Pachypodium lamerei taking centre stage. Lots of rain, some tender loving care and the plants will smile at you. This area is fairly well protected from the cold, surrounded by high walls, but the frost does still get to the Sword Ferns. Luckily they spring back in all their glory again in spring. I've brought the Pachy and the Echeverias in the pots inside for the winter, but the basket is much too heavy to try and move. Besides which I don't have the space for it, unless I put it in the bath!

Looking from the garden into the bathroom
Looking from the bathroom into the garden
Looking from the bathroom into the garden
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Succulent dish-garden



Succulents and cacti planted in a vintage enamelware bowl – Haworthia flanked by a Rattail Cactus and possibly a Haworthia lassytha to the right.

I find decorating with succulents and cacti lends a special air to any dinner setting when you have friends over. They look wonderful as a centre piece and never fail to get the conversation flowing!

 
 Add a few earthy elements like river pebbles and driftwood

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