All posts tagged: ideas

DIY: Hanging staghorn fern

For years I’ve been hunting for this fern that you might have seen often in Instagram, Pinterest and blogs. Staghorn fern (Platycerium ssp.) is definitely not just a plant but also an interior item if you want to give your home that jungle hipster look. But the thing is that the staghorn ferns are not easy to find here in Finland. For so many years I never found them anywhere. This year I’ve seen a few but most of the times they are rather expensive or looking not that well. Then I visited my nearest garden shop and found smaller staghorn ferns just for 5 €!!! The first one I bought for my friend who have been searching for this plant also vigorously. And then today I went back and got myself one, too. Staghorn fern is a bit different when it comes to the care and soil that it needs. That’s why I made my fern more like kokedama. Staghorn ferns are natural to tropical and they live clinging to tree barks. So adding some …

Viride by Goula/Figuera – Experimental luminaries

  Art or something useful for your plant experiences? I’m not sure but this definitely looks beautiful and new. Plant luminaries by design studio Goula/Figuera are so interesting that of course I had to post them here. I think if I had this in my home I would just stare it for hours. I love all new innovations that have somehow intergrated plants and good product design. And look at this: there’s lights and vapor and its moving! How can you not like this?  

kokedama

Kokedama

2016!!! Welcome to a new year! I’m so excited, happy, stressed and terrified at the same time. Mainly the first two. I know this year is going to be a life changer because I’m going to make it that way. Stay tuned… Before we visited Japan in November I asked my sister what would she like me to bring to her from that country. She said she wanted a moss ball, a kokedama. Well, that’s not so easy because of the custom regulations so I made her a kokedama myself. It turned out to be awesome and really easy to make. I used a type of spiderwort (Tradescantia) and just made a moss ball with nettle string to cover its roots. Cool!   2016!!! Tervetuloa uuteen vuoteen! Oon niin innoissani, onnellinen, stressaantunut ja ehkä hieman kauhuissanikin samaan aikaan. Mutta eniten noita kahta ekaa. Tiedän, että tänä vuonna tapahtuu jotain tajunnanräjäyttävää ja mahtavaa, koska aion tehdä vuodestani sellaisen. Pysy mukana… Ennen kuin lähdimme Japaniin marraskuussa, kysyin sisareltani, mitä hän haluaisi tuliaisiksi. Hän sanoi, että sammalpallon, kokedaman. Noh, …

designers on holiday

Designers on holiday

How cool is this idea hosted by London creative studio Featuring Featuring: they brought together 18 designers from different fields and let them create their dream camp site in the island of Gotland, Sweden. For two weeks the Designers On Holiday camped and collaborated, building shelters, a sauna, a bath, a distillery (!), wood oven and other wonderful stuff. I love the simplicity of their designs and, of course, their use of natural materials. And distillery, wow!!! If it would be possible in any way, I would love to get all my designer friends together for something like this. How awesome and fun would it be!!!   Kuin siisti on tämä lontoolaisen luovan studion (jonka nimi on Featuring Featuring) idea: he lähettivät 18 eri alojen suunnittelijaa luomaan unelmiensa kesäleiriä Gotlannin saarelle, Ruotsiin. Kahden viikon ajan Designers On Holiday -projektilaiset majailivat saarella ja suunnittelivat ja rakensivat yhteistyössä mm. telttoja, saunan, kylvyn, tislaamon (!), puu-uunin ja kaikkea muuta mahtavaa. Miä tietenkin rakastan tuota yksinkertaista fiilistä ja, tottakai, luonnonmateriaalien käyttöä. Ja tislaamo, vau!!! Jos se olisi mitenkään mahdollista, niin …

magnolia

Rising garden stars

It’s the beginning of the busiest season at the garden nursery and after a few busy weeks I’ve noticed some trends for this year. Here’s an introduction to a few this year’s favorites. Magnolia sp. Any magnolia does the trick. Everyone wants a magnolia in Finland at the moment. I think it’s because people have been thinking that magnolia doesn’t grow here in the north but actually it does. It also likes a bit acidic soil that we have here. And it grows especially if you have a sheltered place to put it, protecting it from the cold winds. You can grow it as a tree or a bush. Or put it in a pot! Rhododendron ‘Wine and roses‘. This version of rhododendron has a beautiful green and red wine coloured foliage. It flowers in May and June with dark pink flowers and is a little bit lower than your typical rhododendrons (max. 1.5 m). This has been a hit when making groups of softwood plants for the garden. Mixing it with different kinds of juniper, …

Full Grown

Full Grown

Growing your furniture?! Sounds a bit weird but why not? The technique is called botanical manufacturing and Full Grown is its pioneer. Headed by a furniture designer Gavin Munro, Full Grown wanted to challenge the way we think about furniture and how to make them by growing the furniture. At the moment they have a field in Derbyshire, UK, where they nurture 400 tables, chairs and lampshades. They have made special plastic moulds which they use to train the plant to grow in which shape they want. By pruning, patience and nurturing the plants, mainly willow, in five years Full Grown has made a unique piece of furniture. The furniture doesn’t have any joints so they will last longer. How cool is this!   Omien huonekalujen kasvatus?! Kuulostaa hieman oudolta, mutta toisaalta miksei? Tekniikan (englanniksi nimeltään “botanical manufacturing”, suomeksi ehkä jotain “kasvitieteellinen valmistus”) pioneerinä toimii Full Grown, jonka on perustanut huonekalusuunnittelija Gavin Munro. Hän halusi haastaa sen, mitä ajattelemme huonekaluista ja miten niitä valmistetaan. Tällä hetkellä yrityksellä on pelto Derbyshiressä, Englannissa. Tällä hetkellä siellä hoidetaan  ja kasvatetaan 400 pöytää, tuolia ja …

red willow

Bending willow

I found this gorgeous red willow and I just had to make something out of it. This is the perfect time to collect willow as its buds haven’t still burst to grow (in Finland always ask the permission of the land owner to cut the willow or then buy willow rods for weaving from your local supplier). I didn’t have any idea what I would make but it turned out to be a taller stand for flowers. The stand also helps creeper plants to hold up. I think later I will put the stand in a pot, plant creeper below and some flowers on top. I started the weaving process by selecting the thickest branches, took an uneven amount of them and tied them together with thin branch. With uneven number the weaving goes along nicely. After that I held the bunch up to start the weaving with thinner branches going by turns in front and back of the branches. Then just keep going until you have the height that you want. Cut the ugly …

balcony garden ideas

Container ideas for balcony garden

As I told you in previous posts the plans for our balcony kitchen garden are coming together. One of the biggest issues I have been thinking about is how to grow our plants. I mean where, like in pots or boxes or what? I know I don’t have the time to water the plants enough if I put them in a small pots so something larger is better. Larger is better also because then the plants have space enough to grow bigger. So maybe some kind of boxes or containers… But I want it all to look nice too, not just crappy. Finnish gardening product supplier Kekkilä has some modern and cool shelves and stands perfect for balcony gardens. But let’s be honest, I want something more affordable for our balcony. So I had a little inspiration tour on the Internet, mostly in Pinterest and collected my favorite ideas here. Old wine boxes, sacks, plastic containers, buckets etc. Sounds more like it!   Kuten kerroin jo aiemmin, parvekepuutarhamme suunnitelmat etenevät hyvää vauhtia. Suurin mietinnän aihe on …

malena skote 100 uutta ja hyödyllistä ideaa puutarhaan

100 projects for garden

Today I went to my local library and drowned myself into the new gardening books. The spring enthusiasm just keeps growing. And I found this book which seems witty and wonderful. It’s called 100 projects for garden (originally it’s Swedish 100 projekt för trädgården) from Malena Skote, an architect, writer, illustrator and photographer. Now, I love crafts and gardens so this book is just about those two things. Doing quite awesome stuff for your garden (not too romantic, not too big projects, a bit more minimalistic, just the way I like it). And yes, this book has just been published so it’s brand new! I picked up few of my favorite ideas like a crocheted birds nest and moss basket but the book is full of great things. I would love to test out every single one the ideas.   Tänään kävin lähikirjastossani ja hukuttauduin uusien puutarhakirjojen maailmaan. Tämä mun kevätintoilu vaan kasvaa ja kasvaa. Ja siis löysin tällaisen uuden kirjan, joka vaikuttaa tosi hauskalta ja mahtavalta ideapankilta. Sen nimi on 100 uutta ja hyödyllistä ideaa puutarhaan. …