I was in Spain a couple of weeks ago and visited the Picasso museum in Malaga, which was really enjoyable. I have to say the design of the building itself was almost as good as it’s contents.
We left through a door at the back of the building and came across this fabulous fig tree.
Although the tree is huge and the courtyard qite small, it looked amazing, I think it worked so well because it was such a bold statement.
I also loved the wonderful texture of the trunk, it looks like something out of a fairy-tale book, don’t you think?
The small, bright green plant at the base of the fig is called Soleirolia soleirolia, also known as mind-your-own-business. It only grows about 2 inches high, in the warmer climate of Malaga it will stay a lovely green, but in my garden in southern England it gets blackened by the frost and looks a bit unsightly until the fresh growth comes through.
I hope you’re inspired by this.
Just remember that if you have a small garden, don’t be tempted to fill it with small things, plants with tiny leaves etc. because it just seems to emphasise the small scale of the space. Keep it simple but be bold.
images: Jill Anderson