My beloved grandmother gave me some hydrangeas and I’ve really enjoyed having them on display on the bookcase in our sitting room — and joining up with the ‘Nature in the Home’ Instagram tag created by Lou from Little Green Shed this week. It started me thinking about my relationship with the natural world. This recent Nature Seekers post from Annie at Manneskjur reconfirmed for me how important this is; time spent in nature is vital for my mental and physical wellbeing. But that time is lacking (ironically, often because of my job which is about engaging people with the natural environment!) and so bringing the green indoors helps to offset that missing piece of my life’s jigsaw.
Because even though my two allotment spaces don’t make up for the lack of garden, having greenery in the flat feels really important to me. I’ve been on this journey before—see this old post! I’ve tried to grow windowsill tomatoes but there wasn’t enough light, although the basil plants in the kitchen are still doing well. We have some quite big windows, but not in every room, so I am still learning what will and what won’t enjoy the conditions. The bookcase is quite tall but has enough light and cut flowers seem to do well—and the dahlia seedlings from earlier this year thrived. I’ve also just bought an orchid for the bathroom and am planning to buy succulents next…we’ll see if the warmth might compensate for any lack of light.
Anyway, I thought that I’d start an occasional photo series to share the seasonal displays that I create in my home, both to share with you what I’m up to and to give me the impetus I need to spend more time on something I really enjoy, but haven’t really prioritised—creating simple floral and natural displays and also putting my learning from the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers into action!
I’ve really enjoyed spending time on creating and photographing this display and I’m already getting excited for the abundance that autumn will bring…
Do you have seasonal displays at home? How often do you to spend time in the natural environment?