Category Archives: Gardening – Nature

} Anne Ten Donkelaar



Flowery art can either be kinda cheesy, or really cool. It’s really a fine line.

I think Anne Ten Donkelaar won this bet! Her pieces are 3D collages made from pressed flowers and cut out flower pictures. They float, which gives them an ethereal feel, making you wish you were really tiny and could walk around the flowery scenes.

Just awesome.

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} Patch

This weekend, I was looking at the Cargoh (a BC Canadian company) newsletter when I noticed the big banner on Patch (also a BC Canadian company).

How wonderful is this product, seriously! Patch is basically a year-round indoor herb gardening system. Obviously, other eatables can be grown in them (such as lettuce, for example), and obviously, you can also put them outside (everything is washable) on your small city balcony in the summer.

The system ” “self waters” by using a technique called sub irrigation, which allows the water to enter the soil through capillary action”, how practical!

Also eco-friendly, the “Patch herb planter body is made with Tyvek (a HDPE), which has all the properties of paper film and fabric. It’s fully recyclable, washable, and stain resistant. The interior components are made of PP #5. All of these components are fully recyclable.” They ship flat (simple assembly instructions are added to your package), so that is also cost and space efficient as far as shipping goes.

3 styles are offered, as well as a price for a 3-pack to make you save a little compared to a single planter purchase!

Also, customer service is totally top notch. I emailed a question, and within 4 hours, Kent Houston himself (the founder and CEO) replied to me with the info. How wonderfully great is that, right!?

Lightly said, I am in love with Patch already, hence, I will go order 3 right this second. ;)

(And I’ll make sure to update you guys on how it all unfolds in my actual home!)

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} My Indoor Gardening

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My plants taking basically a third of my dining table…

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My avocado tree, I started it from the pit (pretty proud!).

It’s down right mid-winter and I miss gardening outside already. Sheesh!

To compensate, I’ve been tending to my indoor plants. This is a somewhat new skill I’m trying to acquire, since I’ve always been much better tending for outdoor greenery (veggies and herbs mostly). I have no idea why, but that always seemed much easier to me.

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“Haworthia Attenuata” and “Haworthia Cooperi”.


My “Moon Valley” plant, when I first got it 2 years ago. Look at it now, in the 1st picture!

Some I have quite mastered, as far as caring for them goes. My avocado tree (started it from the pit) is looking quite good (altho it’s having falling leaves issues right now, but I’m guessing it’s only because of the winter season). My two “Haworthias” are growing slowly but surely. All my succulents are going crazy… And my “Moon Valley” plant is actually growing way too much, making it sparse… I will have to do cuttings soon and start another one to replace it.

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Out of control “Baby Tears” plant (porcelain planter I made in a class).

Others seem to just not want to cooperate… My friend Paule gave me (not once, but twice) cuttings from her “Elephant’s Food” plant, and both times they died on me… Now, I did a bit a of research on how to deal with those cuttings, hopefully next time I’ll get the hang of it! Also, my “Baby Tears” plant is a bit out of control, I will need to learn to trim it properly…

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“Spider” plant & terrarium by Crown Flora.

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Air plant and moss, a terrarium by Crown Flora.

Also, I recently purchased a terrarium, in a beautiful drop shaped glass globe, from Crown Flora. Paired with a “Spider” plant (made that ceramic pot in a pottery class!), and with added chains and metal links, it makes for a beautiful floating duo I think!

As you can see in the picture below (don’t mind the mess to the right, I have a work-supplies-storage-issue…), I kinda need to hide the cat litter box in some kind of way in that corner… Not quite the most beautiful thing to look at, to say the least! I was thinking of a plant ladder, but it’s going to be hard to find one larger in the bottom that the box, without a step on the bottom, and also, one that won’t crowd my hanging planters on top either… Any ideas for me perhaps?

That’s that for my home’s small indoor gardening tour! :)

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} Waterstone Succulents




This is for those of you who like the idea of having plants, but for who the green thumb doesn’t seem to stick around long enough for them to survive your presence. lol!

Waterstone Succulents basically offers succulent plants as sculptures, container included. From white to gold to silver, even offered in a couple of neon colors, you wont have to worry about watering, promise! :)

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} ABJ




I love terrariums. Once, a few years back, I did a couple with moss, but then I over watered. Yeah, learning curve was too steep! lol! Now, I think I’m ready to try again!

These geometric glass containers by ABJ Glasswork are just the thing! (They could also be stylish pocket emptiers?) They are simple to let plants inside shine, yet have a definite presence in a room. Affordable, too! And we like that.

I might treat myself eventually. In the meantime, my aunt recently gave me my grandmother’s vintage faceted glass candy jar, with lid (see below). I think it could be just perfect to try my hand at terrariums once again! To be followed… ;)

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} Joey Roth




In the world of planters, you will find all kinds of pots and colors and shapes and sizes. No problem there.

If you’re a not-so-green thumb, and are one to forget to water your plants in a not-too-often-but-often-enough manner, you’re in trouble. Your plants might be pretty in their fabulous planters, but they just wont water themselves.

Sure, you can add a watering bulb, but it kills the overall aesthetics of your plants… (I’m sorry, but all the ones I’ve seen are just not cute. If anyone found some stylish ones, I’ll gladly discover them! Comment with a link!) ;)

So, Joey Roth created a planter that feeds itself (for a while, anyway). The unglazed earthenware used is porous, which means that the water you put in the middle will automatically transfer to the soil when needed. And since the planter is all the same material and color, it doesn’t destroy the look! WANT! ($45USD pre-order)

Check out his website for more pictures, and more products (like this fab teapot, seen under!).

Via } Design*Sponge

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} Greenery Design





French architect Patrick Nadeau likes to work with greenery when designing. His pieces are a blend between useful object and artistic design. What he suggests enhances plants and living beings, while keeping the object very present in the mix. Loving it!

Via } Design For Mankind

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