Wordless Wednesday : Tropical Cottage Garden


Imagine the possibilities



The absolutely unkillable crocus


Meet my garden.  I like to call it my tropical cottage garden – there are lots of succulents, cacti, ferns, palms, gardenias and jasmine – but in a carefully structured layered way that looks really haphazard, just like a pretty cottage garden.

It’s my Big Four Oh My Gods this year and clearly I am heading into the middle ages.  I now wear multifocals and happily spend hours pottering around in my garden.  I catch myself saying things my mother used to say – you know, those things you swore you’d never say when you were old?  However, I’m still a punk garage grunge rock chick at heart – I will never voluntarily listen to the Eagles or Buble!  Although I love the King and know the words to nearly every 60s pop song.  It’s a gift!


‘ello Vera!



Palest pink Frangipani









Pretty pretty



My Little Drummer Boys



  • Housewife in Heels - 30 January 2013 - 10.43 pm

    Love the succulents- this is the kind of garden I can maintain…. And Frangipani’s are my mother’s favourite xReplyCancel

  • Rita - 30 January 2013 - 10.15 pm

    You’ve got great plants in your garden! I love this Frangipani!ReplyCancel

  • Tina Gray - 30 January 2013 - 10.09 pm

    Beautiful! And you just reminded me that I need to plant some aloe. Had a plant in our old place and forgot to bring some with us!ReplyCancel

  • Tamara - 30 January 2013 - 5.23 pm

    Fabulous photos all of them. I Love the angle you have used.ReplyCancel

  • Alison - 30 January 2013 - 4.16 pm

    So lovely and green!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - 30 January 2013 - 2.11 pm

    Very gorgeous, and so green! Emily @ Have a laugh on me!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 31 January 2013 - 8.00 am

      Cheers, Emily. I’ve been trying to add a little colour but green succulents do better in this weather than flowers!ReplyCancel

  • ann stuck - 30 January 2013 - 7.27 am

    I love that frangipani. You have a lovely garden.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Camera - 30 January 2013 - 7.27 am

    Lol I’m heading to 4-0 next year! Your post made me laugh but can’t say I’ll be pottering in the garden anytime soon – I have a black thumb! Bet I could kill that crocus!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 30 January 2013 - 2.07 pm

      It was brown and crinkly when we got home after holiday – thought it was a goner. Gave it a drink and in a few days, green shoots again! I’m sure even the blackest thumb could cope! xReplyCancel

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