I got an epiphany after I visited one of the hotels in Kenya with the most breathtaking gardens. I wanted to feast my eyes every morning on thousands of beautiful plants artistically arranged and paired.
I started by growing succulents, those fatty plants that can thrive in the harshest of conditions including being mistreated. I am a forgetful gardener and I mistreat them yet they have been faithful, growing into quite architectural designs, some rounded as spectacular starfish.
Recently, I started pairing them, by mistake. I didn’t have enough pots so I mixed a few and they have flourished beautifully, dangling like artistic pieces.
I have the ‘California Sunset,’ which I mix with everything from donkey-tail spurge which has fleshy, blue-green leaves to ‘Crassula Campfire’ that matures from bright lime green to bright red. Welcome to this week’s issue. And if you don’t have green fingers, welcome to the beautiful journey of gardening. Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman philosopher said ‘‘If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.’’
I hope you enjoy the insights of gardening (now I am experimenting with flowering plants) and the many other delights from the best Thai food (right here in Nairobi) to how spas set within astonishing wild landscapes are attracting tourists to Kenya.