128. How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you read my ‘second glimpse of vintage heaven‘ post earlier in the week you will know that I visited my mum’s house in half term. Yes it was raining but things in her garden still looked mighty fine. The succulent planters that she was busy making back in August  have come on nicely. I usually see succulents in glasshouse displays so it was good to see them in wet weather outdoors for a change, the rain brings out their colours, reminding me of how I used to love holding pebbles from the beach in the sea to transform them into shining ‘gems’.

Succulent display in a planter
Succulent display in a planter

Succulent display in a belfast sink

Succulent display in a belfast sink

Succulent display in a belfast sink

Spot the wasp!
Spot the wasp!
The beginnings of a succulent display
The beginnings of a succulent display
Inside the summerhouse, babies grow
Inside the summerhouse, babies grow
These won't be lonely for long!
These won’t be lonely for long!
Vintage enamel kettle planter
Vintage enamel kettle planter
Geraniums keep the colours alive on a wet day
Geraniums keep the colours alive on a wet day
Terracotta pots
Terracotta pots

Terracotta pots on a wet day

Rhubarb Forcers
Rhubarb Forcers
Pot stack
Pot stack

Whilst inside, a book of vintage cigarette cards all about gardening await me. I love how people collected these things in years gone by. I know people still do collect things but with more and more ‘bits of paper’ and advertising it seems to be of a far less quality generally and more likely to provoke a tut and being screwed up and chucked in the recycling bin than to collect.

Gardening Cigarette Cards

Gardening Cigarette Cards

Gardening Cigarette Cards

Gardening Cigarette Cards

Are you ready for a game of ‘What’s that plant?’ (I know you love this sort of thing Rosie)… Acquired at a car boot sale, a house plant, but what is it? My mum is stumped, everyone she has shown it to is stumped. Here is your chance to become an identifying legend!

Name this plant!
Name this plant!
Unknown
Unknown

Thank you, as always to all who joined in last week. I appreciate that we are now venturing into the realms of ‘not much happening’ in the garden and before long December will be upon us and folk will be winding down their blogging too – so it means a lot when people still join in. Some faves from last week include:  A look back and words of advice from Gemma after her first year on the allotment, Claudia’s big bold Asheville colours and Kriss’s visit to Groombridge Place gardens.

A new month, new badge! Could I fit ‘November’ on it? Could I bugger!


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  • Everytime I see succulents I want to sink my teeth into them! It’s a good job I have some restraint! I’ve searched and search for your mystery plant but had no luck. I hope someone is more knowledgeable!

    • I liek to think that if you bit into a succulent leaf it would give you something like coconut milk. Obvs the reality would be far too harsh for me to take so I’ll just keep on imagining!

  • Succulents and terracotta pots: two of my very favourite things right now… I’m sure I’ve said this before but if your Mum ever feels the need for a lodger I can eagerly volunteer my services…

  • she amazes me. your mom. she is such garden goals, i can’t even. and that plant…. it looks like it would be in the orchid family.
    also, it obviously gets cold there. what will she do with all those succulents? i need to know this. will they be ok outside during winter?…

    • Claudia, Several friends assure me they will be ok left outside ! Someone with a really exposed garden on the top of a hill says hers are always fine , even after a foot of snow ?!! Time will tell ….

  • I’ve become rather obsessed with succulents since being given a small one from a friend’s garden wall earlier this summer. Somehow it’s survived on my kitchen window shelf ever since! Those vintage collecting cards are far too fabulous too. And thank you for mentioning Groombridge Place – I don’t know how I missed your post or I would have been there much much sooner!!

  • I love your mums garden, I love succulents and I love your photographs and I love those little collector mini prints from cigarettes. I have no idea about the mystery plant though the leaves look Orchid like to me.

  • Your pictures make my heart melt <3 i’d added a link from July, I hope that’s ok?
    I have no idea how to add your badge to my post though, sorry!!! xx

  • I love succulents and every time I see them decide that I must have a display of them too in a stone planter. My geraniums are still flowering too, they are such hard workers in the garden. Great to look around your mum’s again, it’s a real inspirational treasure trove.

  • no idea what the plant is, sorry. How hard did you try to fit November into the badge, I’m afraid I’ve never changed the badge….ooops. When I return to Dubai I’m going to invest in some succulents. The next time I’m in the UK I will ask my dad if i can have a root through his cigarette card collections

  • Any luck finding out what your mystery plant is? Is it a seed head or a bud it has? Other than agreeing with others that it has an orchid look about it I am stumped.

    As for the rest of your post it has been a bit of a trip back to my childhood – we had succulents in an old stone bath, a shed full of terracotta pots and the my father’s collection of cigarette cards (although I seem to remember they were all the sporting ones and not the gardening ones). Thank yo for evoking my little journey.