April 22nd, 2016
What better way to embrace the spring than to bring in some of it inside? Flowers? Perfect! In Edmonton, the streets are still a little dusty, and well, the weather could potentially surprise us, but spring is totally here!
With bright sun, the last few days have been fabulous. Pops of green are out there and I can’t wait for everything to bloom. One day, I’d love to have a big garden filled with my favourite blooms like the stunning white lisianthus pictured here. However I’m not sure all my favourites will grow here, maybe California, maybe somewhere in Europe? Fresh cut flowers in every room? Sounds delightful.
I’m sure I don’t need to sell you on the beauty of flowers, but seriously what a great way to add a jolt of colour (of course mine are white!), some elegance, and a fresh energy to the room. I grouped a bunch of one flower together, but you could experiment with greenery, branches and other blooms if that’s what makes you smile.
June 12th, 2014
I bought two echeverias a while back and they have been living on my kitchen windowsill ever since. The green one is happy but the blue one has dropped a few leaves which has prompted me to try something different with them.
There are many a pretty way to plant them, but I know for sure one of them will end up in my favourite milk glass vessel. You’ll notice the green one is a little wonky. He has grown lopsided and has sprouted some babies. Can I plant these babies? Hmmmm… I’ll have to look into it!
The blue echeveria pictured below is the winner of the milk glass pot, don’t you think? I think. He looks happy.
Too bad I don’t have more pedestal type planters I could group them like this sweet little trio. I’m quite sure I could find some ceramic ones at Homesense, right? But wait! I just committed to a shopping ban until my upcoming mini vacay, but that shouldn’t include decor should it? I’ll have to revise the fine print.
And them there’s terrariums, some of which I like. A simple glass bowl with rocks etc. might work.
This lantern planting trend is something I could definitely work with. How pretty to include a variety of succulents at different heights. Again, Homesense would be a great place to find the right lantern. A small to medium one would work for my space.
The Given Life
Well, the blue echeveria found his new home today and we shall see what becomes of the green one. For now he can return to the windowsill.
August 6th, 2013
Inspired by Charm
Oh, dear! These baby fiddle leaf figs are adorable, as if I wasn’t already in love with them! Ficus Lyrata, commonly known as the fiddle leaf fig, is an indoor tree option with broad green leaves. The trunk is quite thin, but some greenhouses offer a braided version. I like the straight one best! Indulge with me in some fiddle leaf fig love as I try to decide if one would survive in this dry Albertan climate.
Each tree will develop its own quirky shape, but can be pruned to your liking. My research tells me they require plenty of light and a weekly watering. The fiddle leaf fig trees I found at Houston Interior Plants have been grown and conditioned with partial shade so they are ready for a home environment. Seems like a sound idea, wouldn’t want to shock the darling.
You will also need a large decorative pot to place the fig in. However, all of my favourite looks (and these trees are EVERYWHERE!), involve the pot being placed behind or beside other furniture, so you don’t see it. I also found that Ikea often carries them. I think this is my best option, to see if I can convince it to live for me. I already have a spot picked out. Time to head to Ikea!