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Since tomorrow is Palm Sunday, and the weather should be beautiful, I decided to invite some friends over for a late lunch in my garden. First step is to repot some planters that are in serious need of help.

One of the planters that needs some attention is this long narrow one that goes on one of my tables.

Yikes, here’s what she looked like before. Pretty sad, huh?

I went to a local grower this morning and grabbed some simple succulents that looked good together. When planting a mix of succulents, I like to take them all out of their pots and remove any excess dirt. Then I place them all on a tray so that they’re easy to grab once planting begins.

For this long planter, I like to place a large more dramatic succulent in the middle, as the focal plant, and and then just add the same succulent on either side for symmetry. Super simple.

Once I was done planting and filling with extra dirt, I added some gravel I had handy, but it’s not necessary if you don’t have any.

Happy Saturday!


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Don Totu Dimora Storica is an 18th century palazzo turned six bedroom B&B in Puglia. I love how the texture and color of the exterior walls acts as the perfect backdrop for the different varieties of cactus, lavender and other plant life. Super gorgeous and inspiring!

All images from est

Happy Monday!

~ Shannon

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While in Spain last year, I came across the work of Madrid-based landscape designer Fernando Martos. I was captivated by his ability to mix color and texture so beautifully. See below.

What beautiful  & inspiring gardens!

Happy weekend!

~ Shannon

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There aren’t many times when I pause during a meal and wish time would stand still; when the stars align and you take note of everything. The moment is perfect. This is how I felt when I experienced lunch in the mountains of Majorca. Surrounded by hundred year old olive trees, with views of the countryside, I enjoyed typical Majorcan food with family and friends…perfection.

My daughter walking Poncho up the mountain.

One of the very old and beautiful olive trees.

Love the stone wall and gate!

The view

Flavored salts

The fireplace in the old shepherd’s hut where the food was prepared.

I want one of these!

My sister and I with the man responsible for putting together all this wonderful food.

The famous Majorcan dessert, Ensaimada.

Cheers to a great day!



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Sunday Inspiration for your outdoor entertaining area from Club 55.




Happy Sunday!

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Happy Friday! Every year at this time The Garden Conservancy organizes tours of gorgeous private gardens all over the country. I’ve been attending these tours for about 6 years now and I always walk away inspired! This Sunday is the Pasadena (California) tour so I thought I would share some ideas from a gorgeous Pasadena estate I toured several years ago.

I loved this custom-made trellis (above) and how it framed the entry to the home so beautifully.


They also added this gorgeous climbing rose, ‘Eden’ from David Austin Roses, which highlights the entry to the home even more.

For a bit more drama they added two lollipop Gardenia trees on the front porch — very pretty.


Cafe lights are fabulous because they always add a festive mood to any garden.

Whether squared or rounded, shaping your shrubs is always a good idea.

Here’s another example of a big statement made with exterior lights — love these over the outdoor dining area.

Click here for more information on The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Garden Tours.

Have a great weekend!

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Not only are Agaves extremely easy to maintain and have an excellent sculptural quality, they also add drama to any garden. They grow best in Mediterranean and Southwest climates, but can also be grown in containers in colder climates as long as they are protected in the winter. Agaves are incredibly versatile and look gorgeous in many different garden styles from Mediterranean to traditional. They are possibly one of my favorite plants to add to a garden.

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Agaves look fantastic planted with ground cover like sedum or simply planted in gravel, as in the above photo.

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I love the contrast between the blue agave and the dark green boxwood.

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They are also very fun in containers

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I bring them indoors as well

One of the most impressive things to see is when an agave flowers


Some of my favorite Agaves to use in a garden or in containers —

Happy Thursday!

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