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As soon as the Christmas decorations come down I want to hit the garden centre. The house looks so empty right? Well as we are still recovering from rising damp, have an attic renovation in full swing and Spring is the best time to buy plants I am trying to restrain myself. I could not resist a little refresh so I made a succulent garden. Succulents have thick flesh and retain water well, basically cactus without the spikes most importantly they are the real international blog stars of our generation – we seriously love them. One of the great things about these plants is they have a shallow root system that likes to stay close to the surface so they are the ideal candidates for a shallow bowl.
I fell for the colour and texture on this bowl from Arighi Bianchi hook line and sinker and I wanted it to have a special purpose, elevate it beyond fruit. I think I pulled it off.
To make your own garden first find the perfect receptacle. Play around with the placement of your plants, I found tiny ones that were 80p each, bargain!
Add a small layer of gravel for drainage, I used fish tank gravel. Make sure you use soil that is specifically for cactus and succulents, it does not get easily waterlogged.
Add interest to your garden, I had driftwood from some beach combing and a few of Sebastian’s rocks from his ‘special stone’ collection.
I topped off the garden with marine sand and gravel from the pet store.
What do you think? This should see me through to Spring.
January 29, 2018
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39 Comments

  1. Reply

    Sophie Elisabeth

    February 7, 2018

    It's gorgeous! What a lovely guide too. This looks like such a therapeutic activity. I can't wait for Spring either! xx

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    Philocalist

    February 7, 2018

    These are so cute! I can't believe you found them for only 80p each. I'm moving rooms in my apartment so my new room will definitely feel empty. I could for sure find space to create a lil succulent garden.

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    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 7, 2018

    I know right my local garden centre had them and I bought a bunch

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    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 7, 2018

    I love planting things I got an allotment just before Christmas so I have a box of seeds ready to go as well

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    Chilling With Lucas

    February 7, 2018

    This is so lovely! I love succulents and they are so easy to look after x

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    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 7, 2018

    Agreed am as plant killer but these bad boys always do well

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    Laura Ferry

    February 7, 2018

    I've fancied making one of these in recent years because if truth be told, I'm not all that great at keeping regular house plants alive! xxx

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    Nafisah Atcha

    February 7, 2018

    I adore this! such great tips xx

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    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 7, 2018

    Nor I, I am sure they are on to me at the garden centre they know no one has a house that big they know I am replacing the dead ones

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    Olivia

    February 8, 2018

    I love this, I've wanted to do something like this for such a long time! Thanks for making such a detailed guide on how to do so and it's great that you can get plants for a reasonable price too! x

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    Rhian Westbury

    February 8, 2018

    I can't wait until I have a garden and I can get some plants and shrubbery, I only have a balcony so there's limited things I can do x

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    Chrissy Faery

    February 8, 2018

    Oh wow! I love this SO much – succulents are amazing!! The dish you got for them is so perfect too – I'm actually looking for something just like it! xxx

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    Joanna Davis

    February 8, 2018

    Your garden is so pretty! I need to do something with my succulent which outgrew the pot and also grew a cactus next to it (how strange is that?). I'll follow your idea and create a small garden for it.

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    Jen Robertson-Peverley

    February 8, 2018

    This is such a lovely idea, and is something my son and his girlfriend have done. They had succulents at uni, as they were easy to look after, and have now moved them to their house (post uni). They have made a fab little succulent garden in their conservatory.

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    Lukeosaurus And Me

    February 8, 2018

    This is so gorgeous and such a great idea. Your guide is lovely too. I’ve only ever managed to keep one succulent alive, I don’t even know what I’m doing wrong.

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    Angela Ricardo Bethea

    February 9, 2018

    Oh, I really love to have succulent garden in our garden. It is so cute and very neat.

  17. Reply

    Lauretta C Wright

    February 9, 2018

    Oh my! I love succulents. It's a big deal the past few months.

  18. Reply

    Helen

    February 9, 2018

    Oh wow how pretty! I love succulents but have never seen them in a bowl before. Definitely want to try doing this myself now.

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    Deborah Nicholas

    February 9, 2018

    This is gorgeous and something I could keep alive too!! 😂

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    GlamGlitzGloss

    February 10, 2018

    Oh wow that’s so creative. My family love hitting the garden centre the second spring makes an appearance

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    Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    February 10, 2018

    This is beautiful. I adore succulents and quite obsessed with them.

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    My Dreamality

    February 10, 2018

    This is just so lovely and would be a great therapeutic activity to do!

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    Laura Hartley

    February 10, 2018

    Great idea to add some wood and sand! This is so cute, I can't believe you made it yourself at home as these thing sell for so much!

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    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 11, 2018

    True planting things is such self care for me atm

  25. Reply

    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 11, 2018

    Thank you I am glad you think I pulled off a pro look x

  26. Reply

    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 11, 2018

    We bloggers love a good succulents Sebastian calls them alien plants

  27. Reply

    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 11, 2018

    We are total garden centre junkies

  28. Reply

    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 11, 2018

    I know they are my go to for that reason

  29. Reply

    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 11, 2018

    If you do send me a pic x

  30. Reply

    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 11, 2018

    They are.too cute not to fill your house up and so many varieties

  31. Reply

    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 11, 2018

    Overwatering perhaps?

  32. Reply

    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 11, 2018

    They are neat plants

  33. Reply

    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 11, 2018

    Oh I bet that is stunning I would love a conservatory filled with light

  34. Reply

    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 11, 2018

    Ooh do send me a pic of it

  35. Reply

    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 11, 2018

    That shop is a cave of yummy unique awesomeness the website does not do it justice

  36. Reply

    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 11, 2018

    Igor (happy interior blog) did wonders with his tiny Hamburg flat i say fill it up more plants

  37. Reply

    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 11, 2018

    They were a great find the place often has a range under £2

  38. Reply

    Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

    February 11, 2018

    Thanks x

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    Trinimamabebe

    February 17, 2018

    Lovely! My sister in law is green fingered and loves succulents wish I had some patience

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