Update on Succulent Garden

A year ago I started this project. After removing well established large spiky plants and thousands of white rocks, bucket by bucket, I’ve reached the fun part of planting. This is supposed to eventually create a pattern of swirls and stripes.

December 2020

December 2021

December 2020

December 2021

Hopefully next year’s photos will show a thriving, beautiful, patterned succulent garden.

Wishing everybody a good week.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ)

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Update on My Garden Project

In December 2020, I embarked on a large scale gardening project to create a pattern over an area of approximately 8 x 4 metres with succulent plants. This involved firstly removing some very stubbornly rooted spiky plants and a hundred or more buckets of white pebbles. Check out the https://theunfurlingartist.wordpress.com/2020/12/25/a-big-garden-project/(opens in a new tab) to see early photos.

Hobart recently went into a three day lock-down, due to an interstate COVID positive man entering Tasmania, so I was able to spend one day working on what has become a long-term gardening project.

Another spiky plant was removed. Yay!!

Meanwhile some of the succulents planted are starting to establish themselves and the planned pattern is beginning to emerge.

I’m trying to create furled fronds with vertical succulents of different colours to help the fronds stand out. Here’s the basic plan:

Here’s another frond that has been planted but until the plants spread out, it looks like nothing. You can imagine when they start to grow out how the silvery succulents next to the darker succulents, will make each other pop.

I have to re-plant this unsuccessful attempt of a frond. It rained and rained after they were planted and they suffered root-rot. I will improve the soil and try again.

My randomly evolving succulent garden, on the other side of the pathway is continuing to bring colour and joy.

No work was done in the garden today. Instead I worked on a different kind of big project, a painting. I finished number two Leafy seadragon today. Three more to go.

I hope you are safe and floating through this week with ease.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

A Big Garden Project

For some this may not be a big project, but for me this is massive. I have never attempted a landscaping project of this scale before but I’ve started now and I will see this to the finish. These plants came with the house. I don’t know their name.

Apologies in advance to those who find them attractive, and I suppose they could be, if well maintained, but they are time intensive and as far as I’m concerned, time wasters. They always need trimming. It’s hard to prune back their dead leaves and honestly, one month later there are dead leaves again and the monthly cycle is never-ending.

Impossible to keep up with dead-leaf trimming. Take note of the plant in the upper left corner. It’s an unattractive look. In addition to the front of the house, these plants line the driveway and were also planted on each side of the front steps!!

This project is inspired by my succulent garden which, in this space, one of these great big plants used to reside.

There are a lot of varieties of succulents in this fairly small patch of garden.

Here’s a photo of the flowers that my most abundant succulent produces.

Firstly, I have to remove all these big, ugly plants and rocks. Soooooooooooo many rocks!!!

Not quite halfway

Lucky my neighbour lets me use his green bin too because I’m starting to get quite a pile of green waste.

Over flowing green bins is my normal
my rubbish pile which has grown significantly since this photo was taken

I’ve named my blog The Unfurling Artist and have painted cups of teas with “unfurling” steam ladies because I love the look of curled fern frons and the unfurling process.

So, this is the plan… to create fern frons embedded into contrasting lines, all with succulents.

Fern frons with different coloured stripes made with succulents
fern frons designs

I will post updates on this landscaping project as it unfurls into reality. 🙂

Very Succulent

For my lock-down Coronavirus Pandemic urban sketch this week, I drew my succulent garden. It is my favourite part of my yard. I had to remove two layers of weed mats and a massive amount of white ornamental rocks from this triangular area to create it. The big rock was there so I placed a few more balancing rocks on it.

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I’ve managed to capture the angle of the path true to life, which is a pain to walk on, but I took some liberties with the succulents  🙂

Experts are warning that rock stacking in nature is endangering Australian animals, causing erosion, disturbing wildlife habitats and damaging ecosystems, and can result in being issued a fine. I’m assuming that in a garden bed it is okay.

Here’s one of my favourite succulents. I love the uniquely shaped leaves. They look like they have mouths.

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Here’s some of my other favourite succulents.

Here’s my journal page of this week’s sketch.

Thanks for visiting. Take care and be careful!