When I stopped working last February, in an attempt to fill some of the free time I knew I would have, I tackled a project I’d been meaning to cross off the list for quite some time. My front and back yards were in desperate need of a makeover by way of cleaning out numerous overgrown planters. After five years of filling large pots with our favorite plants (mostly succulents), my husband and I didn’t make any changes for 10 years. Some plants thrived and filled the pots beautifully–others not so much. This project turned out to be more than a one-month endeavor; I foolishly underestimated the time it would take for planning and execution. It took the better part of 2015 to refresh my outdoor space with a lot of the grunt work performed by my husband and two other helpers. They were tasked to do all the heavy lifting while they let me simply point at where things should go. Mostly I shopped for succulents, trying to bridge the gap between the vision of my new garden in my mind and reality.
Close to 300 individual plants later my very own garden of earthly delights is coming together. I borrowed the title of this post from Hieronymous Bosch’s late 15th to early 16th century triptych but the similarities stop there. Where the artist’s painting depicts scenes of life from light to darkness, my new garden is brimming with new life, every inch colorful and evoking joy each time I set foot outdoors.
I’ve found a new subject for photography, too, (in addition to food and landscapes) and I’ve learned quite a lot about succulents over the past year. Cacti were my first love and little did I know the bounty of beauty within the succulent family. In this little section of my blog I plan to document what I’ve learned and if nothing else, just to share some succulent inspiration. I hope you enjoy this new journey as much as I do.
So pretty! I love succulents.
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
What a wonderful project, Jean! Your succulents are so pretty!
Your sunburst is stunning!!!
I got one too, but only with a diameter of 8 cms.
I’m so curious to know how big your giant one is? And how long does it take to grow to this size?
I love all your photos. Harmonic and artistic!
Charlotte, thank you. My sunburst is larger than dinner plate size now. I bought it last summer when it was about 6-8 inches in diameter, so I’d say it has grown pretty fast. So glad you like the pictures, thank you so much! 🙂
I love your imbricata & sunburst. I am actually looking for the “variegated imbricata” It used to be published in google . Now I cannot find it, and do not know where to order. I know the sunburst is pretty and stunning, but I also wanted the low growing “echeveria imbricata variagata” like chicks & hens that cluster & mound. Maybe you can help me find it . Thanks
Hi, Angie. It sounds like you are looking for an Echeveria “Compton Carousel” (sometimes called “Lenore Dean”). They are still quite uncommon to find in local nurseries but they are easier to purchase from rare plant sellers. Are you in the US? I can refer you to a couple of sellers.
I saw an Echeveria that may be what you’re looking for just recently. Try Surreal Succulents. It’s a grower in England, but they ship to the US.