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Urban Jungle Bloggers – My Plant Shelfie

October 23, 2014

Hello lovelies. Yes, unfortunately this isn’t a post about the unveiling of my new venture. Building an online store, a website, taking product shots et cetera is taken longer than anticipated. Please forgive this delay. I promise it won’t be much longer…..

Meanwhile, what better way to return from my Hiatus than join the lovely #urbanjunglebloggers for the October edition.

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.

October’s theme is: ‘my plant shelfie’

Well, I couldn’t pass on that, could I? A few weeks ago while buying some flowers, I saw this gorgeous cactus in this amazing pot in the window of the florist. It was a one-off and you know me all to be quite forward. ‘He’s got my name written all over him’ I heard myself blurt out! Can I take him home? The lovely sales assistant wasn’t able to refuse and so Herbert has become the latest addition to the Colourliving abode.

Herbert saying: ‘Hello’.

This below here is Herbert from the back. he needs propping up a little. I’m very much hoping that Judith will give me some hints on how to care for him.

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Some of you will have read my very first Urban Jungle Bloggers post back in February this year when I introduced Magda, the Hydrangea. She did splendidly throughout the year. Round about August I moved her to the roof terrace to help her grow new bulbs. I’m delighted with her progress.

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Magda growing new bulbs. On the far left you can see the beginnings of some flower petals.

I’m also in love with my new pitcher, hand-painted in Pakistan. Again, it was a one-off, so I quickly snapped it up. Isn’t it gorgeous? The candlelight holder on the left has got a bouquet of herbs from my terrace. As I’m preparing for winter I’m pruning everything. My flat smells of herbs that I display in little pots but also then use in my cooking. Why let them go to waste, right?

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I love the painting of these birds. The colours are so vibrant. In the pitcher there’s a bunch of white Astranzias. They are very delicate and last a long time. I also have some pink ones.

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Finally, my ‘shelfie’. It’s an island that divides my home office from the living room space. It changes often and today it’s been dressed in honour of the Urban Jungle Bloggers.

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I hope you all have a good weekend.

Igor and Judith, it was a real pleasure to see you last weekend. I hope London treated you well and I’m sorry I wasn’t able to join your event at WestelmUK. See you soon x

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  • Reply Katy October 23, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I am in love with the fact that each of your plants has a name and a story. I need to start that! Gorgeous shelfie x

    • Reply tina October 30, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      Ha. They are all a member of the Colourliving family:-)
      Thank you lovely x

  • Reply Igor October 23, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Hello Herbert and hello all the other lovelies!! Such a wonderful and colourful plant shelfie – it really is YOU, Tina! Thank you so much for joining us even in these super busy times for you!!

    • Reply tina October 30, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      Thank you Igor:-) Always a pleasure and always inspirational.

  • Reply Anya Jensen October 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Love Herbert and glad to see that Magda is doing so well too :)) Totally forgot to do a plant shelfie – oh will be there next time. Happy almost w e Tina, and still looking forward to the big reveal – hugs Axxx

    • Reply tina October 30, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      Herbert is a cool dude and Magda a real lady:-)) loving her new onset of blooms. Oh no, next time. There’s always time for a plant shelfie.
      Thank you lovely. Hope all is well with you and your blonde angels xx

  • Reply Judith October 23, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Hiiiii Herbert! And hi again Magda! You both look great, love your new bulbs Magda, they really suit you 😉 And hi again Tina 😉 I think Herbert would only need a little bit of love and very little water (once the soil is completely dry). Don’t water on top, but on the soil, to avoid moist on his precious bulbs. He may go into hibernation while getting used to his life at the Colourliving abode, but in the spring time he may start showing off what’s he’s made of. Lovely new family member for you Tina! And thanks for your plant shelfie today, despite the busy busy times. xx

    • Reply tina October 30, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      Hey you. Thank you for the great instructions. I’m really not that good with the not watering bit. I will watch out and if I water, stay away from his bulbs:-)
      Isn’t Magda going to be super gorgeous again? Can’t wait!

      Always a great pleasure xx

  • Reply Alison Sye October 23, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Was it really February when we first met Magda? How the time has flown.
    The plants look just beautiful grouped together like that.
    A lovely happy post Tina, thank you 🙂

    • Reply tina October 30, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Can you believe it??? Time does indeed fly. I must admit that since I joined the Urban Jungle Bloggers my plants and succulents are really doing so much better.
      I’ve learnt tons and am enjoying it!

      Thank you Alison. x

  • Reply Nitasha October 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Just love your plants and equally interesting planters and the fact that they have names is ingenious…….really cool idea….:)


    • Reply tina October 30, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      Hello Nitasha,

      Thank you. It’s hard to find nice planters (for me) so get super excited when I find something more unusual.

  • Reply Catherine@farmhousehome October 26, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Building an online store, a website and products shots etc is an enormous amount of work but exhilarating and exciting at the same time. Wishing you all the best with making it to the finish line. I’m not a gardening person but when I do make the effort with some pot plants find it so satisfying when I give them extra love and they reward me with new blooms like Magda did. xx

    • Reply tina October 30, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      I know. It’s great when one puts in the work, one really reaps the fruit of one’s labour.
      Thank you lovely. Nearly there… xx

  • Reply Mel October 30, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Oh that cactus is adorable! And the ceramic planter it’s in is just perfect, love the earthiness. I was hoping to pop over and have a read about your new venture but, while it’s not what I was after (dying here), I’m always happy for an UJB post. Big hugs to you. Mel x

    • Reply tina October 30, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Awww, glad the UJB post has made up for the disappointment:-)

  • Reply Doris November 9, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Oh Tina, “Herbert” is just fab! Your shelfie as expected is colourful and eclectic just like you. xD

    • Reply tina November 9, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      Haha. Herbert is really fab! Thank you.. colourful and eclectic are two words that I love xx

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