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.