Month: February 2016

Lunaria annua

I see a new trend flower coming… Lunaria annua, or honesty or money plant, is known for its transparent white seed pods that look almost like magical moon coins or slices of pearls. In the last weeks I’ve seen this so many times in Pinterest that I bet this is going to be next summers hit. You can buy and grow Lunaria from the seeds but you can also get it as a seedling from many nurseries. The coolest thing is that I’ve never seen this plant when its green and flowering. And it looks totally different!! pic here   Mulla on kutina uudesta kukkatrendistä… Lunaria annua eli kesäkuuruoho tunnetaan läpinäkyvistä valkoisista siemenkodistaan, jotka näyttää taianomaisilta kuukolikoilta tai helmistä leikatuilta levyiltä. Viime viikkoina oon nähny tätä kasvia niin monesti Pinterestissä, että voisin veikata sen olevan ensi kesän hitti. Kesäkuuruohoahan voi kasvattaa siemenestä tai ostaa suoraan taimena monistakin taimimyymälöistä. Hulluintahan on, että miäkään en ollut ikinä aiemmin nähnyt kyseistä kasvia vihreänä ja kukkivana. Ja se näyttää niin erilaiselta!!!

Let’s shop plants in Japan!

Everyone knows that there’s lots of gorgeous gardens in Japan! But what I wanted to know was where do they get their plants? Where does a regular dweller shop for plants? That was a bit of mystery until we accidentally took an elevator up to the highest floor of skyscraper in Tokyo. The building was a regular shopping center or mall and there, at the roof of the building we found a nursery. After that accident we noticed that usually at the top floor of every mall there’s a plant shop or nursery. Of course there were also little shops and stalls at market places or hidden in the narrow streets. Those were so beautiful too. Every time I saw a little place that sold plants I would stop to admire their artful little plants. The perfect places for a plant lover like me. Oh, how I miss Japan!   Kaikkihan kyllä tietää, että Japani on täynnä taivaallisia puutarhoja! Mutta miä halusin siellä ollessani tietää, mistä ihmiset siellä ostavat kasvinsa? Se tieto oli jonkin aikaa …

Navet’s Clamp Tray

I bumped into this wonderful product by Swedish Navet group. A tray for plants or anything else but the point is you can attach it to bookshelf or table. And how cool does that look! I love when there’s new and creative ways to use and place plants.   Törmäsin tällaiseen mahtavaan uuteen tuotteeseen, jonka on suunnitellut ruotsalainen Navet-ryhmä. Tarjotin kasveille tai muille ihanille esineille, mutta pointti on se, että sen saa kiinnitettyä kirjahyllyyn tai pöydän reunaan. Ja miten siistiltä se näyttää! Rakastan, kun keksitään uusia ja luovia tapoja käyttää ja sijoitella kasveja.  

DIY: Sowing seeds

Last year I got super-excited when we moved to a new apartment with huge balcony in March. Maybe someone remembers this post where I sowed lots of seeds for the upcoming balcony garden. Well, something that I learned from last summer is that “sow less seeds this spring”. Although I’m so waiting for the spring and summer to come just because I want to start my balcony garden again, I decided that I forbid myself of buying any new seeds this year. I actually donated away most of the seeds from last year. Here are the ones that I learned that are not a good idea for small spaces (and impatient gardener like myself): Brussels sprout, broccoli, zucchini, lettuce, flower seeds…  (Lettuce is perfect for small spaces but I noticed that it needs a lot of attention with watering and everything. It’s like an infant child among the teenagers and you just cannot leave it alone for a few hours.) The good ones: herbs like coriander, basil, mint, small tomato, black kale (or Lacinato kale) and komatsuna. So this …

Sunday plants

I love slow Sundays. When you have actually time to nurse your plants, feed yourself some sunshine in form of grapefruits and just be. At winter time my daily plant world comprises of seasonal fruits, fresh herbs and flower bouquets. Everyone needs something green and fresh throughout the year.   Rakastan hitaita sunnuntaipäiviä. Kun on oikeasti aikaa hoitaa kasveja, syöttää itselleen hieman auringonpaistetta greippien muodossa ja kun saa vain olla. Talvisaikaan mun kodin kasvimaailma koostuu kauden hedelmistä, tuoreista yrteistä ja kukkakimpuista. Jokainen tarvii jotain vihreää ja tuoretta ympärilleen ympäri vuoden.  

‘Lines for Life’ for Singapore

I guess everyone knows New York’s High Line nowadays. I love that project and I think world needs more projects like that. And so thought Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, too. Redesigning an unused 24 km long rail corridor a Japanese firm Nikken Sekkei is creating an urban park and garden called ‘Lines for Life’ for the people living in Singapore. The construction is starting this year continuing to 2019. I also love the idea of so many masterminds co-operation in this project: there’s designers, architects, bio-engineers, engineers, plant and animal scientists. The park will consist of camping areas, bike lines, different gardens, playgrounds for kids and adults, anything an urban space should and could have. Again, a new spot for me to visit one day…   Kaikki varmaankin nykyään tietävät New Yorkin High linen. Rakastan koko sitä projektia ja mun mielestä maailma tarvitsee myös lisää sellaisia. Ja niin ehkä ajattelivat myös Singaporen kaupungin kunnostamisesta vastaavat viranomaiset. Japanilainen Nikken Sekkei -yritys suunnittelee uusiksi ja luo käyttämättömästä junaradasta 24 km pitkän urbaanin puutarhan ja puiston, ‘Lines of Life‘:n. Rakennustyö …

Gardeners of Japan

During our trip to Japan one of the most interesting thing for me was, of course, the gardens, but also the people who worked their. I was spying them all the time, taking secret photos when they thought I was photographing some plants. I wanted to learn the techniques they use, the hierarchy, everything. It was like a secret study for me. Here are my observations: Every gardening tool they use in Japan is a piece of art. Notice the folk craft brushes! I didn’t see a single plastic tool there, not a one. Saws, scissors, ropes, knives, rake, you name it. They are all the real thing, look beautiful, are taken care of for years. I love that kind of appreciation for a good work tool. Look at how the gardeners are dressed. There was only one place where the gardeners had a bit modern work jump suits but everywhere else their clothing were traditional. Looked so beautiful. In the moss gardens most of the gardeners tending it wore ninja shoes or tabi boots, …