I have a confession to make. I’m not very good with houseplants. It’s not that I can’t keep them alive, they are not dying, but they aren’t exactly thriving either. I always forget to water my plants, but luckily, most plants like to have the soil dry out a bit before being watered again. Apparently, most people are deathly afraid of under-watering their plants and tend to over-water!
At least that’s one problem I don’t have and that’s probably why we still have plants in our home. That, and having plants that are difficult to kill, like a yucca plant that has been with me since university.
One of my favourite things to do is to go plant shopping. I always look for beautiful plants, already in a pot, without giving much attention to the care that they need. Once home, the plant will never look as pretty as it did in the store.
That’s the reason why I hesitated to join the Urban Jungle Bloggers. I do love plants, though! It’s good to bring a little piece of nature into your home or office. People are happier and healthier around plants.
Urban Jungle Bloggers
Urban Jungle Bloggers is a project initiated by two bloggers, Igor Josifovic of Happy Interior Blog and Judith de Graaff of JOELIX.com. Igor and Judith share a passion for plants and want to encourage people to bring some green into their homes, by showing that growing plants isn’t that difficult and that’s it’s fun.
After one collaborative blog post by Igor and Judith, other bloggers asked if they could join in. Now, many bloggers from around the world share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs, and green tips & tricks.
Each month there is a different theme, and September’s topic is ‘Plants & Art’: show your plant in combination with art in your home.
This plant is a fern, to be precise, a Phlebodium. I have been told that ferns are the new succulents. I both have ferns in my garden, they were already there when we bought the house, ànd in my home, so I must be a trendsetter. Just like succulents, ferns com in many different ways. This one is a blue fern with beautiful, feathery leaves, that are more grey than blue.
The Phlebodium is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. It’s a very strong plant, it only needs watering once a week, indirect sunlight and a weekly spraying with water. As a bonus, ferns also purify the air, so it’s healthy to have a fern in your home.
The wooden chair is made by Klaas Gubbels, a painter and sculptor with a special love of coffee pots. He is best known for his still-lifes of tables, chairs and coffee pots and uses these objects over and over again. He also makes large murals and sculptures, mostly using the same subjects. We bought this chair at an exhibition in our hometown.
Are you thinking of adding some green to your home this autumn? Maybe even a fern? If I can keep it alive, so can you! You can find a lot of green inspiration on the Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board.