Artistry and cre­ativ­ity in full blos­som

Heart­bro­ken by the loss of her sis­ter, one cre­ative soul found a unique way to pay trib­ute to their bond

The Courier-Mail - Home - - LUST HAVES | TRENDS - by Reshni Ratnam Fol­low In­spired by Kate on Face­book and In­sta­gram

Bris­bane mother-of-three Lena Croll knows how to jazz up a room — in the sim­plest and green­est of ways.

Lena’s love of plants and all things green, es­pe­cially suc­cu­lents, has been the best out­let, as ev­ery­thing she creates is made with love. Her busi­ness, In­spired by Kate, started about two years ago when her sis­ter Kate passed away.

“I was hav­ing ter­ri­ble anx­i­ety and strug­gling to cope,” Lena says. “I was think­ing a lot about Kate; she was an ar­ti­san and made gor­geous pieces of jew­ellery out of re­cy­cled sil­ver and hand­forged cop­per. She was such an in­spi­ra­tion for me, and I guess mak­ing things made me feel closer to her.”

Lena has been teach­ing her­self how to use dif­fer­ent tools, how to work with dif­fer­ent medi­ums, how to grow and prop­a­gate plants and ways she can put it all to­gether in unique, cre­ative pieces.

“I fell in love with suc­cu­lents be­cause they were so easy to grow, easy to look af­ter and, be­ing quite time poor, I needed some­thing that didn’t need a lot of care to thrive,” she says. “Of­ten the more they are ne­glected the bet­ter they grow.”

She says suc­cu­lents are easy to look af­ter and “can re­ally trans­form a space that looks quite dull and bor­ing into some­thing that is burst­ing with life”.

“They can re­ally com­pli­ment each other when put into ar­range­ments to­gether,” she says. “Some are used as thrillers (state­ment plants), fillers (plants that spread to fill in gaps, such as ground cov­ers and se­dums) and spillers (hang­ing plants such as string of pearls and bananas, bur­ros and don­keys tail).”

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