Although I absolutely love flowers, I’ve got a little bit of a plant obsession at the moment (just another sign that I’m turning into my Mum) and I’m really enjoying buying little pots of greenery to dot around the house. When Appleyard London got in touch and asked if I’d like to review a bouquet for Mother’s Day I decided to take a slightly different angle and rather than ordering from their gorgeous range of bouquets (tempting though they were) I chose the Mini Succulent Garden.
I know, succulents, instagram cliche right? Pah I don’t care. They’re cute and don’t take lots of looking after. I also loved the idea that the Mini Succulent Garden would last for so much longer than fresh cut flowers.
My Mini Succulent Garden arrived by post, carefully packaged in a large box with plenty of bubble wrap. Unfortunately the garden had suffered a little in transit. It would seem compost doesn’t travel well, who’d have thought it? Anyway, at first I was a little disappointed to see the compost everywhere and my little plants were loose in their home or had in fact come out completely. I was able to pick a couple of them up to shake off the compost before re-planting them. I couldn’t understand why they hadn’t been planted more firmly into the compost but with hindsight they probably had been and it was just a case of them only having little roots and the compost moving around quite a bit. It only took me a few minutes to rearrange everything before giving them a quick drink but it was disappointing that it arrived looking such a mess as it lost some of the wow factor.
As I’ve said, Mum loves plants, so I have a fairly passable knowledge in plant care – enough to know that a glass planter with no holes in the bottom could be difficult to maintain as you don’t want to the plants to become waterlogged. Anyway, having read the care instructions which came with my Mini Succulent Garden it became clear that Appleyard London don’t intend for you to keep your succulents growing in their glass planter for very long – in fact the planter is designed to provide you with an indoor display for a few weeks after which it is suggested that healthy plants can be re-potted into individual pots to prolong their life. Of course this now explains further why the plants weren’t planted more firmly in the first place.
When I first saw the Mini Succulent Garden on the Appleyard London website, I thought it would be ideal to go on my new desk in the dining room or perhaps in the middle of the dining table. In reality the garden is much bigger than I expected – the “mini” referring more to the plants than the display itself! (No, I didn’t think to check the measurements on the website first). In the end I decided the dining room window was the best place for it – not just because it looked better there but also because the care instructions mentioned that a bright position on or near a windowsill was ideal.
I love the combination of plants in the Mini Succulent Garden – the different sizes, colours and textures make it really interesting to look at and hopefully, in a few weeks when I repot them all, I will have six healthy little specimens to find new homes for – I’ve already chosen which one I’ll be putting on my desk!
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