Les Journées des Plantes in Chantilly
One of the biggest European plant fairs... on our doorstep! In one of the prettiest locations in my Oise region: le Château de Chantilly. I visited Les Journées des Plantes de Courson on a drairy Saturday and what I experienced was a big fair in the English garden of the castle with thousands of plants. With a real focus on garden plants. My favorite stand was the one where I found this gorgeous Musella lasiocarpa, a Chinese dwarf banana. The Pépinière Nature & Tropiques had a wonderful selection of tropical plants. They are based in Hyères and I'll definitely visit their nursery when I'm in the South of France.
On the entire fair I looked for carnivorous plants (that I didn't find by the way) but I found some other pretty varieties, like this Black Tree Aeonium:
Or this gorgeous flower (totally forgot the name!):
A few stands at les Journées des Plantes brought succulents and cacti, like Arrée Succulentes:
And I loved this stand too with Opuntia cactus plants only!
The brightest flowers from the entire fair: pink & white peonies:
And some cute Hens & Chicks:
Have you ever been to a Plant Fair? Did you get any new plants for your plant gang? I actually left empty-handed because I didn't find the carnivore plant I'm looking for.... But when I saw some strange cacti on the local brocante the other day, I completely forgot about my strict new-plant-policy ;)
More about Les Journées des Plantes in my article for Oise Tourisme.
Urban Jungle Bloggers #19
Voilà, this is my personal plantgang! For the May edition of Urban Jungle Bloggers we are celebrating plant diversity by showing our collections of plants. It's almost impossible for me to show you my entire plant gang... well actually I did it a while ago and it litteraly took me an afternoon to gather them all in one place: 150 plants is just too much ;) So today I'm showing a selection with some of my favorite plants.
My Euphorbia trigona rubra is a fairly new plant (I adopted it last month) and because she looked so sad & dry I wasn't sure if she would survive. But the other day I saw her fresh green tips! Hurray!
The fan palm tree on top of my sidetable is actually one of the palm trees I grew from handpicked seeds. It's not mine anymore but a temporary resident at Studio Sapique! I love how it looks amongst my plants.
From all the plants in the world, I love Opuntia cacti the most. They grow so easily, can get really big and grow in impressive and strange ways. Oh and it's not the one in the front, that's another Euphorbia succulent, but the right one in the back:
What do you think of this bubbly cutie? It's one of my other favorites because it has the prettiest blue-ish pale color:
Playing around with your growing buddies is a lot of fun: making a playful composition with bigger and smaller plants, in all their rich variety, just like a regular "gang". Will you show us your #plantgang too?
Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series hosted by 2 bloggers: Igor (Happy Interior Blog) and Judith (JOELIX.com). Every month we share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs and green tips & tricks. You can find additional inspiration on our Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board and keep up-to-date via our Facebook page. Want to join? Find out how on our website and use #urbanjunglebloggers on twitter and instagram. Let's bring some green into our homes and blogs!
► For more Plant Gangs, check out the gallery!
A night in a straw bale house
Before heading to the biggest Plant Fair in Europe that took place on our doorstep this weekend (more on that soon!), we spent a night in a straw bale house. Without running water and with an outhouse, a sauna, a lovely Orangerie and a nice table d'hôtes. La Chaise Verte, the green chair, is the only straw bale B&B in France and it was surprisingly nice! My entire experience will be on the blog of the Oise Tourism Board later this week, but I wanted to show you these images of the Orangerie, the little glass atelier in the garden, next to the straw house. It was decorated with lots of recycled objects but I particularly loved the end-of-the-day sunrays.
A très bientôt !
Dutch color therapy
Have you ever seen the most colorful extravaganza in the Netherlands? Until a few weeks ago I only ever saw the tulip fields from a train or car but when I found out I had a meeting at 10 minutes from Lisse, I knew I had to see this from up close.
When there's such an abundance of color (and smell! really I wish the Internet had smells, it's impressive!) I cannot stop making photos... so I decided to show 'em all for a huge dose of color therapy. Enjoy!
Don't you love the stranger in the crowd?
More than 3000 varieties of tulips exist and really: no two flowerbeds were alike. Tiny mini bulbs, two-tone tulips, wild peonie tulips and crown-like spiky flowers like these:
Another little stranger:
What do you do when you have 90 minutes in Amsterdam and you want to visit a really nice store? You visit Restored, on the Haarlemmerdijk. In a gorgeous old Fish and Fruit warehouse you'll find a beautifully curated collection of design products: from backpacks to ceramics and preserved flowers.
What I love about the store is that Restored is not just a nice collection of goods, they also like sharing the inspiring stories behind the makers of the products they carry. The lady in the store asked me if I had heard of Herman Verhagen, an Amsterdam-based pottery maker that made a capsule collection for Restored of cups and storage jars. I loved the glazings!
And in my book, you cannot go wrong when you sell plants (including the clean machines by Ogreen), Urban Jungles terrariums, watering cans and the second edition of Strange Plants:
Restored also carries lots of beautiful independant magazines like Gather, Desegno and my favorite The Plant:
It's a new day, a new life a new dawn... fooooor you!!
The Alocasia Cucullata plant also loves the shop window:
Intriguing preserved flowers by Nienke Sybrandy and beautiful geometric jewelry by Turina:
In the same street, the Haarlemmerdijk, you also find beautiful shops like Sukha, Store Without a Home, and Tenue de Nîmes (with super friendly staff!)... and after all the shopping, treat yourself to a delicious French mini pastry at Petit Gâteau.
For more interior and design hotspots in Amsterdam, you can also download the Amsterdam Next app!
Restored /// Haarlemmerdijk 39 /// Amsterdam, the Netherlands /// +31 (0) 20 337 6473
Open mon 13-18 and tue - sat 11-18
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!