Davina here - Last week we went on our annual holiday to Portugal to stay in my Granny's old farm house, which my parents now own since she passed away a few years ago. I have always loved the house but as I get older I find myself appreciating the details a lot more especially all the things my granny put her hands too like the garden and all the handmade furnishings. This year I was particularly in ore of her succulent arrangements in the garden that I know she would have spent ages planning. I found several house plant arrangement books in her library, which just shows her enthusiasm. Its incredible to think how long these plants have survived - she must have planted them over 15 years ago.
Here are some pictures I took of them last week.
Here my granny used a concrete breeze block as a planter to create a long and narrow rockery to border a path . It actually has a very contemporary feel about it - I love the contrast of the gritty concrete with the delicacy of the plants.
All around the farm house is a plant bed which is bordered with a white painted mini wall - here she has covered the earth with bark providing a lovely warm toned base for the succulent plants.
She also has a lot of potted plants - its hard to see the scale of this Jade but it is big! Its almost as if the plant has absorbed some colour from its old pot and has autumnal shaded to it.
Another rockery in a chunky stone pot - almost like the brutal concrete pots we see so many succulents in today but more subtle. I really like her arrangement here - the colours and shapes are so well balanced - it makes me want to make my own rockery - I am feeling very inspired and how nice to be influenced by someone you love who is no longer around. Today we went to the garden centre to buy Elfie some spring bulbs to plant her Easter garden and I couldn't help but buy a few more succulents.. Its too tempting!!
I have created a pinterest board of ideas for my future rockery that I will make one day soon. The board also has some useful pins that teach you how to propagate, replant and care for your succulents.