Feb 16, 2017

GBBD February 2017 - Aquatics indoors

Sunny day to show my small aquatics garden.  We brought some Cyperus papirus and Iris pseudacorus from a friend's garden in Majorca, who inherited three years ago some from garden. They have been indoors since early November and they are thriving with new shoots. We love them and are really looking forward to see "the little pond" growing.

This is my contribution to Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, hosted by May Dreams Gardens on the 15th of each month, and here is the link to her blog to check on other's bloggers contributions.

Jan 17, 2017

First GBBD in 2017, though a little late!

First GBBD of 2017.
This past January 15th, in Spain and for days, weather reports are menacing with polar air and bitterly cold days, that may be true in the northern regions, 
but here in Madrid ..., but this is my balcony yesterday morning!

I am joining (after a long hiatus) the GBBD community with my very humble-mini-balcony garden.
The plants growing are from seeds planted directly in last October and they are thriving due to a very mild fall season with warm and sunny days.

The balcony is South oriented so they receive a lot of sun and warmth.
I have marigolds, begonia, some Kalanchoe daigremointiana, beautiful fuchsia Cyclamens,
growing  sweet peas, fantastic Nasturtiums, for salads, parsley, dill, fenugreek, potatoes, ...

I am not happy at all about dry and warm weather, 
actually I'm very worried, but I try to enjoy this small nature wonder 
with flowers that might be of help to insects.

Jan 9, 2017

In a vase on my studio

Starting a new year with my firm disposition of enjoying this blog, and I say enjoying because I want it to be a pleasant activity not an obligation.

I want to participate more in the sharing of posts, yes a resolution! and I will be posting to contribute to those garden bloggers who host memes.

This images of today is about In a vase, some cuttings of  Epipremnum aureum in an intent to bring more plants to my studio that help with purifying the air.  We definitely need that extra help in big cities.

The second is some leftovers from Xmas decorations, I cannot resist to keep them a bit longer

I am posting to contribute to Cathy's Rambling in the Garden,  In a Vase in Monday meme.

Dec 31, 2016

Happy New Year 2017!!!

I have a lot of wishes for 2017, but I'm not much of a new year's resolution person. I do believe in that inspiration should find you working, so ... hands on and Let's MAKE of 2017 a beautiful year!
Let's have a green, green year!!!

Happy New Year 2017!!!

Oct 24, 2016

How do you keep on with your blog? News ideas after a break

It's been really long time since I last posted any photo or reportage here.  It's been a mixture of things, the summer, holiday time, illness, and time for meditation about profession, projects, future...

It's not only this blog, but others I edit and of course the social media sites.  At beginning I was really excited about posting but lately it started to feel more an obligation both personal and professional, and I have spent some time in the evaluation of the point of sending out more and more messages. Therefore, I felt the need to take a break and re-define my interest in publishing, sharing my thoughts or work.

You may not notice the difference but I can say that there is a renovated interest in posting, but not only as a journal following the calendar, but as my interests dictate and hopefully the post will interest you.  I have built an image archive along the years, I have accumulate tons of images for personal or professional reasons and I feel the urge to work more on them than go out and take new ones, except for really appealing events or situations, or if my work obliges me.

I am rediscovering, if I ever lost it, a love and passion for documenting with images, build stories with pictures.  But I am also reconciling myself with written narration.  Actually is more than that, it might be a development into a new pleasurable activity.  It might have to do with storytelling, or with teaching, or just simply another phase in life, aging, a personal evolution.

I have accompanied this post with some images that have helped me get inspiration for this new season. This blog will not change the name, but will just naturally evolve. New stories to follow!

Pics from a recent trip to Antwerpen, Belgium, that will be part of another story

Jul 21, 2016

Botanical details used in interior decoration

Couple of weeks ago was the closing of a decoration event in Madrid, Casa Decor, an annual show that takes a building and converts it into a huge showroom.  I did a shoot for a reportage and while working on the images I could recognize some trends in the use of botanical arrangements for interiors.  These are some images of botanical details that were my favorites.

A intense botanical statement at the entrance of a lobby.

This are was called Music Room and it was decorated in gold and
the arrangement in red was a good contrast.

Marble and pink make a good combination in a minimalist interior.

An of course, herbs in the kitchen, but in transparent pots.

I love this three vases as a set.

Another kitchen with a veggie garden inside!

A reasonable size tree in a living room gives a splash of a forest.

Flowers arrangements on tables are indispensable.

Always peonies!

The courtyard of the building was a center area conceived as a walled garden,
 where tall trees dominated the landscape

A definite piece was the art installation made of flowers hanging from 
ceiling to floor in the open staircase of the building, was a strong statement.

Jun 29, 2016

Philadelphus coronarius

A deciduous bush great for a garden its architectural shape and for its scented flowering, perfect for small bouquets and floral arrangements.

Jun 14, 2016

Home made potpourri

Another added benefit of foraging flora is that you can make homemade potpourri. I use it not only for decoration, but also for adding color and scent to bath salts.  These are from cherry blossoms, almond tree blossoms, roses, many spring blooms included horse chestnut blossoms.

Jun 7, 2016

Center for Wildlife Gardening, South East London

I did this reportage last spring in London, it is a beautiful spot in between the boroughs of Dulwich and Peckham. It is kind of a surprise because you would not expect to find a wild habitat in the middle of a residential area in a metropolis like London.  But it is a really lovely and interesting reserve that serves city gardeners, families and students, not only for the landscape, but for the service to conservation and research for the London Wildlife Trust.

Just the entrance is absolutely welcoming

Paths with handcrafted fences drive visitors to the main Visitor Center area 

Every single corner is a sanctuary for wildlife

The orchard is also surrounded by raised beds with vegetables growing

And the Visitor Center is a wooden building that portraits the spirit of the organization

The greenhouses store seeds and grow seedlings ahead of spring time