Month: May 2016

Kasvihuone / The Greenhouse

Hi there! You might have been thinking what’s been happening since the beginning of May because I’ve been dead quiet at the blogging scene. Well, this happened: I quit my job as a product category manager in a big garden center. I found a wonderfully beautiful and perfect space for my dream. I started my own business. All this happened in just a few weeks and everything has been going thousands miles since the rocks started rolling. I think I will return in some post to tell you some more about everything but this post is about my current project called Kasvihuone (in English “The Greenhouse”). I’m opening a pop up plant and flower shop for urban gardeners!!! The shop is located in Jyväskylä, Finland (the precise address is Vaasankatu 12 B, if you want to visit). It’s going to start this summer, lasting up to 3 months but after that… you never know… My shop sells mostly useful plants for bigger and smaller urban kitchen gardens, annual flowering plants, flower arrangements and bouquets and some …

The Parks of Kotka

It’s always nice to go back to the places from your childhood. Last weekend I traveled to Kotka, a town by the sea in southeast Finland. My home village is almost 30 kilometres north but Kotka is a very familiar place for me because I spent my high school years there. The town centre is actually located on an island which is so cool. You’re surrounded by the sea everywhere you go. My Mom just moved to the centre and it was so nice to have short distance to every single beautiful park that I really love in Kotka. Because the parks of Kotka are the most award-winning parks in Finland. And yeah, that is so true! I’ve lived and visited the most largest cities in Finland and, sorry for saying this, they just don’t know how to design amazing parks. Heikki Laaksonen, the man behind these parks, is also a lover of modern art and you can see that when you walk in the town. You are surrounded by the beautiful art pieces. So …

Let’s float at Pier 55!

Exciting news reached to me few days ago! Another reason to go to New York. I’ve been following the planning for Pier 55, a floating garden park, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, collaborating with landscape architect Mathews Nielsen. The park is going to be floating over The Hudson River and the construction is starting this summer. The design images look amazing and inside the park there will be spaces for different events. Maybe I finally have to schedule the time for a vacation in NY… More cool info about the project here.   Kuulin taannoin jännittäviä uutisia! Taas uusi syy matkustaa New Yorkiin. Olen seuraillut Pier 55-nimisen kelluvan puiston suunnitteluprosessia jo jonkun aikaa. Puiston on suunnitellut Thomas Heatherwick, yhteistyössä maisema-arkkitehti Mathews Nielsenin kanssa. Puisto tulee kellumaan paalujen päällä Hudson-joella ja rakennus aloitetaan vihdoin tänä kesänä. Suunnittelukuvat näyttävät tajuttoman hienoilta ja puistosta tulee löytymään erilaisia tiloja erilaisille tapahtumille. Ehkä nyt vihdoin mun pitää varata kalenterista tilaa New Yorkin matkalle… Lisää siistejä yksityiskohtia projektista löytyy täältä.

Violets and vegetables

Hi there Spring! My spring at the balcony starts always with violets (Viola). Except this year I experimented with hyacinths but that is all past, they have bloomed and now the same basket is growing Allium. I just wanted to give you a little glimpse of what’s happening at the balcony at the moment. Life has been hectic but my plant babies like tomatoes and komatsuna are growing strong. The weather is suppose to be wonderful for the next few weeks here in Finland so I think it’s time to get my babies outside at the balcony. Cannot wait for them to grow even more!   Moikka Kevät! Mun kevät parvekkeella alkaa aina orvokeilla (Viola). Paitsi tänä vuonna aloittelin jo itse kasvatetuilla hyasinteilla, mutta sehän on jo menneisyyttä. Hyasintit ovat jo kukkineet ja nyt samasta ruukusta puskevat hurjaa vauhtia erilaiset laukat (Allium). Haluankin näyttää pikkuisen, mitä parvekkeella tällä hetkellä tapahtuu. Elämä on ollut hektistä, mutta mun kasvit, kuten tomaatit ja komatsuna, kasvavat hurjaa vauhtia. Sään pitäisi olla mahtava seuraavat pari viikkoa, joten ajattelin jo siirtää …