I was invited recently to an event held by Fiskars to learn how to make a Terrarium. I'd been eyeing Terrariums appreciatively in magazines for years now, but I’d never attempted to make one so was pretty excited to be invited. We learned how to put our Terrariums together under the expert tutelage of James Wong who was scathing of the pre-potted varieties available in most shops. Many of these, he said, would last no more than 6 weeks. So I wanted to share what I learned on the day about making terrariums and some wider tips about styling Terrariums and plants at home.Read More
Hannah here. I have admired the Urban Jungle Bloggers hashtag for most of the last year; always meaning to join in and show off my beloved plant gang but never quite managing it. Until this month. Yes I am one day late but, pah. I found time over the last few days to snap some of my plants with art around the house.
Quick backtrack: There was a time when we lived in London that we were only just able to keep one rather tired and thirsty Crassula alive; so busy and black-thumbed were we at the time. We were hardly ever in the house, and when we were, our minds were not on the health of my lone plant. Miraculously it survived and with a little attention, has since spawned two babies and is finally happy alongside a lot of new friends. My black thumb has turned green and I have now kept plants alive in my house for over two years, mostly by making sure the pots can drain and not over watering; basic, but major lessons in my plant-mother career. My lovely thriving family of house plants proves that it is indeed possible to green your black thumb and symbolises the very different life we now live (something I've talked more about here); one that enables time to care for and faff with plants. The simple act of watering them is in itself a meditation, a quiet few moments spent nurturing these little lives that give so much back. As well as purifying the air which is pretty amazing, I like that they bring a bit of wild inside our house. They also look flippin great. When I'm shooting houses I always recommend the homeowners have plants. They add life and texture to a room in a way that a static, lifeless object just can't.
To the plants:
In the study (top pic) I have plants on the desk, and the odd leaf or flower from a walk knocking about too. The black and white poster behind them is by an unknown illustrator, I've had the print since I went to uni in London and it originally came in a Don't Panic club pack that used to be delivered to halls of residence (anyone else remember those?!) The mountain poster is a test; it's a photocopy of one of my photo's of a walk in the lake district, but it's not quite right yet.
In the lounge (middle pics)these little pots are works of art themselves. Aren't they splendid? My friend jenny McNally made them for me for my 30th birthday last year and they induce deep happiness in me. My little Pilea on the left has been grown from a tiny baby and makes me an immensely proud plant mama.
In our dining room (pics at the bottom), there's a gorgeous Philodendron on the sideboard that I am willing to grow in to a big gnarly beast of a plant. It's next too a framed David Shrigley poster, one of my favourite artists. The candle holder is a new addition, it's Muuto from Houseology. Gorgeous eh?! I requested it as a press loan for a house shoot then couldn't bring myself to send it back (thanks lovely Hsuseology people!) Love the little cactus in the tea cup too.
There are many, many more, but i'll save those for future Urban Jungle Blogger posts. Are you black or green thumbed?! as obsessed with plants as me?