Urban Jungle Bloggers #11 + giveaway!
Let me present to you my little sister! We got to spend some time together this week and she was happy to model for this month's Urban Jungle Bloggers Edition about watering your plants. We had quite some fun playing around with greens and watering cans in the garden ;)
Actually I don't have a very precise schedule with watering my plants. It's all rather untuitive and I've over-watered and drown more than a few plants. Sometimes I forget one and it completely dries out. During hot weeks (like recent summer weeks) and when my jungle is growing fast, I tour the greenhouse at least once or twice a week. I use this big watering can and sprinkle a few cans of water around, like this:
For the plants in our apartment, I use this Verso Diverso pourer on a, Evian glass bottle. It looks better and waters more precisely. To be honest I take much better care of the plants here, because I see them every day. My Euphorbia for example recently woke up from hibernation and is growing new tips all the time. He seems to respond well to a daily sip of water, so that's what I give him.
Sometimes when I'm not quite sure, I just Google for caring instructions. Really there are so many green tips & tricks all around. And if your aloë vera gets the right amount of light and water, he grows some new babies and looks very happy:
Seriously, I don't believe a black thumb exists. Caring for plants is not that hard, especially if you choose regular succulents or cactus plants. But if you need some help, there is this wireless sensor called the Parrot Flower Power. It tracks soil moisture, sunlight, ions in the ground and temperature. This tool reminds you to water your plant, add fertilizer or place it in a different spot. It connects with an app on your smartphone, like a helpful gardening assistant. Really, there is no excuse for not having thriving greens in your home!
And the cool thing is, Parrot and myself are giving you the opportunity to win your own gardening assistant! To win a Parrot Flower Power:
► Follow me on Instagram
► Tell me in the comments below about your worst plant disaster. Did you ever kill one?
The lucky winner will be announced on August 4th. The giveaway is open for everyone worldwide: I'm happy to ship around the world :) Good luck!
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? Subscribe to our monthly topic newsletter or use #urbanjunglebloggers on twitter and instagram. Let's bring some green into our homes and blogs!
► Fore more plant caring tips also check out: Happy Interior Blog /// Lebenslustiger /// Look Pimp your room /// Mouseblossom /// No Apathy Allowed /// Hamburger Allerlei /// Mia Fleur ///
On a quest for peas
I wouldn't suggest it's the secret to a happy marriage, but our Sunday walks are pretty good. Robert and I tend to walk somewhere between 12 to 17 kms and bring water and snacks. Usually I whip up some sugar-free cookies or little cakes and we always bring some fruit too. Although it's so much better to pick them straight from the trees, like these delicious plums:
A few weeks ago, we spent a weekend in a chambre d'hôte at 10 minutes from our home, where we tested a new sports program (including balance ball yoga which was a lot of fun!) and where I received a blissful massage. In stead of having a siesta afterwards (I felt SO relaxed!), we went for a randonnée in the fields and forests and I picked some of the most delicious things I've ever tasted: these fresh green peas. Ever since, I've been wanting to go back for more. But unfortunately it was mostly cereals and corn this time:
I'm totally guilty of digging up plants along the side of the road to see what it is. Which was relatively easy because the soil was soaked by the rain:
Not sure if it was because of le 14 Juillet, but I loved these colorful buntings:
I've never seen any fresh peas at our grocery store or even at our market. Makes me wish we had a Farmer's market around here: the only local fruit comes from the Strawberry Man... I hope the peas I potted will sprout somehow. If not, my goal for 2015 will be to grow my own peas!
► A few pictures from previous walks: here, here and here.
The Ivory Fourteen
It appears that it's called Ivory when you celebrate your 14th wedding anniversary. White and tough, well I'm not sure if it was a white year for us (whatever that means), but the twelve months leading up to today were pretty tough. And happy too! I'm beyond proud of my dear husband and can't wait to see what Crystal (15 years) will bring us. It sounds more exciting and glistering than ivory, right?!
As I was flipping through the photo album I realized that I really like that we don't have tons of pictures of our wedding. My father has been a wedding photographer more than once, but I wanted him to be my dad, not our photographer. Of course he took a few pictures (and I'm glad he did!): all analog pictures including the one above.
We did record the sound of the civil ceremony with a tape recorder though. That's maybe why my husband holds the power cord on the picture above? Or maybe because he really wanted to tie the knot? (sorry, silly joke hihi). I think we should listen to that tape today to hear what we actually said oui to ;)
► More pictures of our wedding
► The story of how we met
► My wedding day tradition of wearing white
Have a lovely Tuesday!
My Paris tips
By popular demand ;) some of my favorite places in Paris:
► La Trésorerie /// 11, rue du Château d'Eau /// 75010 Paris /// a mix between Dille & Kamille and Merci: goodies for home & kitchen
► Kidimo /// 227, rue Saint Denis /// 75002 Paris /// Vintage letters for your home from France, Eastern Europe and South America
► Merci /// 111, boulevard de Beaumarchais /// 75003 /// Merci doesn't need an introduction, right? Trend setting homewares, goodies, furniture, fashion and more. The Used Books Café is a nice place for lunch or drinks. Also visit Bon Ton (kids furniture, fashion & goodies) and get inside the photomaton.
► Adeline Klam /// 54, boulevard Richard Lenoir /// 75011 Paris /// Japanese paper goods, stationery, pillows, photo albums, Japanese fabrics, DIY books, wooden toys and more
► Papier Plus /// 9, rue du Pont Louis-Philippe /// 75004 Paris /// Quality paper goods in a wide range of colors, since 1976
► Rooftop view over Paris /// Take the escalators to the top floor of Printemps Haussmann for a 360° view over Paris, 100% free and without standing in line /// 64, boulevard Haussmann /// 75009 Paris
► Institut Suédois /// 11, rue Payenne /// 75003 /// Delicious Swedish kanelbullar and nice art exhibitions & concerts at the Swedish Institute
► Les Succulents Cactus /// 111, rue de Turenne /// 75003 Paris /// Cactus & succulents a.k.a. Urban Jungle Bloggers paradise
► E. Dehillerin /// 18-20, rue Coquillière /// 75001 Paris /// Traditional kitchen utensil paradise, for chefs & foodies. It's a true cavern of Ali Baba with cookware from basement to ceiling.
► Papier Tigre /// 5, rue des Filles du Calvaire /// 75003 Paris /// Beautiful paper goods with a humorous twist
► Jack Gomme /// 16, rue St-Claude /// 75003 Paris /// leather goods made in France since 1985. I particularly like their clutches
► The Broken Arm /// 12, rue Perrée /// 75003 Paris /// Good coffee & very well curated shopping (fashion, accessories, books...)
► La Grande Epicerie (at Le Bon Marché) /// 38, rue de Sèvres /// 75007 Paris /// Food from around the country & world (I go there for the nice packaging design), nearby you'll find The Conran Shop
► Muskhane /// 3, rue Pastourelle /// 75003 Paris /// rugs, cushions, baskets and objets in felt and wool from South Asia
► For the best coffee in town, check out Lindsey's fab coffee guide (I had coffee at Fondation Café the other day and it was really good)
► Paris isn't particularly colorful, apart from the beautiful grey rooftops, so if you crave some color, take a walk through the Passage de l'Ancre, a small private passage in the 3rd. /// 30, rue de Turbigo /// 75003 Paris
► If you have more time:
►In stead of visiting the Castle of Versailles, I warmly recommend you to visit the Château de Chantilly. It houses the largest collection of paintings after the Louvre, a splendid library, wonderful gardens. And nearby you'll find the Horse Museum, several beautiful hotels including the Auberge du Jeu de Paume, race tracks & forests for a nice long walk. And of course, don't forget to get yourself a hot chocolate with crème Chantilly a.k.a. whipped cream in the tea room of the castle ;)
► Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace (Air & Space museum). Even if you're not an aircraft nerd, you can have a great time at the oldest Paris airport. The halls are a little vintage, or beautifully renovated like the former departure hall, and you can visit the inside of a Concorde, see some real "wings" and the first hot air balloons, there are flight simulators and more. I love this place. Very kids friendly too!
► And my best Paris tip ever: walk around! You don't need a cab, a bunch of metro tickets and a nice pair of shoes (and some good company!) is all you need. Take a metro to a random spot on the map and get out, walk around, explore. Don't be afraid to miss the touristic spots! Simply sit down for coffee, pick something from a bakery, have a little pique nique, visit a gallery or museum. Right now there's a fabulous exhibition of Dries van Noten at les Arts Décoratifs (until November 2nd).
Have a great time in Paris! Profites-en bien!
Even though our home is such a mess because of the bathroom renovation, I'm trying to keep up with the flowers at home. The #2flowergirls challenges by Elodie & Inga really helped me to get over the no-flowers-at-home itch. And our cats seem to be fine with it too. They haven't nibbled on these hydrangea... yet ;)
I spotted these Hydrangea Paniculata flowers in one of our city's flower beds. When no one watched I cut off a few branches (ohhh!). Did you notice how they have the perfect pink-white gradient? The vase was made by mom and I recycled the neon pink bakerstwine from this bouquet. You can buy it here.
for dinner tonight: Indian cress leaves