Month: October 2015

Copenhagen flowers and plants

October flowers of Copenhagen

When I’m too busy to travel to different flower/plant destinations it’s awesome to know that I have the best agents to do that for me. This time it was my Dad who was visiting Copenhagen, Denmark last week. When he saw the flower markets, he wanted to capture them for me. To see the prices, the flower stands, what they have on offer. So cool! Copenhagen is a place where I have wanted to visit for a long time but somehow it has never happened. But I love the Danish sense of style in everything and these flower stands are so beautiful! (And maybe I can hint that we have a little plan that includes Denmark and Copenhagen, too, but I’ll reveal more later when things come more real…)   Kun miä oon liian kiireinen matkustamaan eri paikkoihin ihailemaan kukkia ja kasveja, on ihan huippua tietää, että multa löytyy agentteja, jotka seuraavat muun maailman elämää mun puolesta. Tällä kertaa agentti oli mun isä, joka käväisi matkalla Kööpenhaminassa viime viikolla. Kun hän näki torien ja kauppahallien kukkakaupat, …

DIY: Eucalyptus wreaths

It’s definitely a sign of long polar nights coming when the only moments to photograph give you a bit blue photos. But that’s okay, I think. And blue goes well with the star of these photos: Eucalyptus. This year I wanted my winter wreaths to be natural, simple and almost grey so eucalyptus was the choice! I bought a few branches so I could try different things. Buying single branches is very affordable and the other stuff you need are also quite cheap: cotton/hemp/linen string and metal string. To make a round wreath I just made a simple circle with the metal string. I cut the eucalyptus branch in little pieces and started to roll them around the circle. You can also add little metal string pieces to keep the branches in form. And then just add as much as you like. The other “wreath” is just a branch hanging with cotton string. So simple and beautiful! The eucalyptus dries up nicely in a warm and airy space so you can just hang your fresh …

Plant trends 2016

I guess the most interesting thing in my job at the garden center is planning the next year’s products. At the moment the big orders are being made for the spring 2016 and I know what’s coming up! Of course there are some old favourites like rhododendrons, pear trees and some other good old stuff but I decided you should get a sneak peak of the “newcomers”. Well, actually the “newcomers” are quite old species, too, but – you know – they’re trending. The overall trend is going to be that there’s lot’s of bold and brave colors in plants: the foliage, the stems, the flowers. Plants like Berberis and Cornus. Then comes more natural plants like different kinds of moss and grass. The perfectly cut green football kinda grass is so out! Relax and let the moss conquer your lawn (and it’s so easy: just forget to lime and aerate)! Or just make your own meadow with different kinds of grass. I think these are all kind of graphical plants, too. Lots of straight …

Loving: Grown and Gathered

I have to share this love of mine: Matt and Lentil from Grown and Gathered, two farmers and gardeners who live my dream in Australia. Their website/blog is amazing and I’ve been following them mostly on Instagram, dreaming about more simple, more natural life. But this world needs more people like these two. They produce ecological, sustainable seasonal and traditional food, they live simply and slowly, they trade their knowledge and products. And the designer in me loves how they have created a new and modern way to brand a traditional thing, making beautiful posters, visualities and website for them. Now I want to more to Australia and have my own little farm (and for you who now are thinking that why can’t I do that in Finland, let’s just say: the climate.) Mun on pakko jakaa ihastukseni: Matt ja Lentil, jotka muodostavat Grown and Gatheredin. Kaksi australialaista puutarhuria ja maanviljelijää, jotka elävät yhtä unelmaani. Heidän nettisivunsa/ja bloginsa on ihan mahtava ja enimmäkseen olen seurannut heitä Instagramissa parin vuoden ajan, unelmoiden yksinkertaisemmasta, luonnollisemmasta elämästä. Tämä maailma nimittäin tarvitsee enemmän Mattin …

cornus berries

Mysterious blue berries

One afternoon my biking trip from work to home was suddenly interrupted when I saw these blue berries in the bushes just next to the road. Of course I had to stop and take a few branches because I just had to do some research what kind of plant was in my hands. I had never seen blue berries like that and the whole shrub looked amazing! So I came home, took some horticultural books from my bookshelf, did some googling. And the plant turned out to be Cornus alba subsp. stolonifera (same as Cornus sericea), red osier dogwood! I think. Because some images show this plant with white berries and some with more blue hues. So I’m not 100% sure but maybe 98%. Anyway, dogwood it is! And I love those blue berries, they look like they’re not from this world.   Yhtenä iltapäivänä poljin rauhassa pyörälläni töistä kotiin, kunnes matka keskeytyi yllättäen. Nimittäin huomasin tien vieressä ison pensaan, joka oli täynnä näitä sinisiä marjoja. Tottakai mun piti sitten pysähtyä ja ottaa muutama oksa tutkimuksiani varten. Olihan …

D for Delphinium (and Dior)

The whole fashion world is gathered in Paris at the moment and what a WOW!-moment it was yesterday when Dior had its fashion show. They had an amazing mountain covered with blue delphinium flowers in the courtyard of Louvre. I saw the pics and immediately the gardener/florist in me was intriqued: how is that possible, how many flowers are there, how are the flowers staying up, how many people they needed to make that possible? Because that mountain is a bit scary as well as beautiful. But I guess everything is possible for Dior and its designer Raf Simons. Alexandre de Betak, who oversees Dior’s show venues collaborated with Parisian florist Eric Chauvin to make Simons’ dream come true. But here’s some numbers: 300,000 delphinium stems 100 gardeners/workers to built everything up 15 semi-trucks to bring the scaffolding 18 meters high mountain Photos from here and here.   Koko muotimaailma on tällä hetkellä kokoontunut Pariisin muotiviikoille ja mikä VAU!-hetki se olikaan, kun Dior piti eilen illalla oman näytöksensä. Paikkana oli mahtava, sinisillä ritarinkannuksilla (Delphinium) päällystetty …