We’re enjoying a winter treat on the Central Coast: spring-like conditions! Maybe Punxsutawney Phil was right and spring is around the corner. With temps in the high 70’s, my family finally had the motivation to do some landscaping in our front yard. We had removed almost everything but the grass, which wasn’t a lot. Most of it had been dead or badly neglected when we moved in over the fall, plus we weren’t really digging the previous 80’s vibe.
Chris and I both love the updated look of succulents, and we also appreciate how low-maintenance they can be (we don’t need any more mouths to feed these days), so we decided to do some experimenting in the empty raised planter in our front yard.
Originally I had planned to find a local nursery because I wasn’t sure if I’d find a wide variety of species at a hardware store. However, our area Miner’s ACE Hardware carries a stunning selection of locally-sourced succulent plants, so we looked no further.
For our centerpiece, we chose a fruitless olive tree that will grow to be about 3 feet tall. The boys loved choosing their favorite succulents to plant around the tree.
Back at home, Chris removed enough bark from the planter to fill a garbage can and positioned the tree and the largest succulent. I placed most of the purple plants on the outskirts of the planter because I eventually want to create an ombré look.
We all enjoyed the excuse to skip the shower, get our hands dirty, and soak up some sunshine. We have a long way to go, but I’m looking forward to watching the succulents grow and adding to our colorful collection.
My next project is to plant some wine grapes in the backyard. I have this crazy dream of growing enough to make a bottle of wine or two that we can enjoy each Christmas. Do you have any pointers? Leave me a comment!