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    Urban Jungle Bloggers – How to dress Your Plants

    June 26, 2014

    It’s June, it’s sunny and it’s Urban Jungle Bloggers Thursday.

    Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series, devised by Igor and Judith. The idea is to get some green into our homes, especially for us urban folks! Every month they invite bloggers to share ideas for creating an urban jungle through styling challenges, DIYs, green tips and tricks. Every month there is a different theme on the topic. You can follow and get more Urban Jungle Bloggers inspiration on Pinterest and on Facebook.

    June’s theme is: ‘How to dress up your plants’!

    What I enjoy a lot in the summer is to move my plants around as the mood takes me. Some live outside on the roof terrace, others inside but from time to time I’ll swap things round and pretend I’m re-decorating:-) For today’s purposes I’ve shot everything on the terrace as the sun was out and it’s more about showing how we dress our plants than where they live.

    I have been collecting night light holders, glass storage and tins forever and so I enjoy planting my finds in the more unusual dress ware!

    This is a BIG cup, the kind the french like to have their café au lait in. I never really used it for drinking. It’s perfect housing for my lovely Howarthia succulent.

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    Staying with succulents, these next 3 little beauties were recently gifted to me by a friend. Initially I wasn’t sure what to put them in. Then I remembered these 3 hand-painted little night lights that I bought about 15 years ago from a gorgeous vintage shop in Battersea, which sadly closed down not long after. I’ve cherished them ever since. Aren’t they charming?

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    Various baby succulents

    I’m a great fan for using food tins. I like how they rust if left outside. Just put a couple of holes at the bottom.

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    Back: Sedun – yellow | Front: Pink Potentilla

    I own many teapots. I have quite a number of these eclectic ones that I bought from Paul Smith. Why not use it to dress a plant?

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    Pink Potentilla

    Talking of tea. Kismet does a great job with their packaging. I might not be the greatest fan of their tea (too gimmicky for me) but I certainly keep them for planting herbs or plants when given one of their teas as presents. Again, a couple of holes at the bottom will do the trick!

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    Glass is a favourite of mine. Of course there is no drainage but if watered little but consistently, it works. The Oxalis (a beauty, no?) is planted in a simple clip top glass storage jar. I simply removed the lid. The Lobelia lives in a smart black glass vase that I bought years ago at Abigail Ahern. I have 2 of them so use the other either as a vase for fresh flowers or as a teal light holder.

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    Left: Oxalis | Right: Lobelia

    I am always on the hunt for great plant holders. Unfortunately I don’t get very excited by a lot that’s on the market. I love being creative with what I’ve got to hand. As summer progresses and I pick up more and more plants, I look forward to dress them accordingly. I can’t wait to see how the other fellow urbanjunglebloggers tackled this month’s theme.

    How do you dress your plants?