During the summer I had a chance to explore this wonderful urban garden with my intrepid friend Pang. I arrived to her house one blazing afternoon and we decided to go for a walk so she could showed me the community gardens near her place in East Vancouver. The gardens (which I forgot the name of) were beyond expansive, and packed with all sorts of vegetation, flowers, herbs, you name it. It was fun walking around between the beds and discovering what the next one had in store, and parts of the garden seemed to wind around and almost become semi-hidden at times which added this element of discovery and adventure to the whole walk. One of those magical places you marvel at for existing in a city like Vancouver. So I thought it would be a nice break from the grey skies of winter to share the photos I took during the walk, although I did not take many as I was much more interested walking through the place and absorbing it.
My balcony this autumn has turned into the most wonderful showcase of changing leaf colour, or at least I think so. I was so captured by it that I spent nearly an hour outside just enjoying the breeze, finding color combinations and spending time with Butter. My own overgrown secret garden as I like to think of it.
Going plant shopping, and these goth fucking flowers.
(more flowers photos from Atwater Marche here)
Me and Victor wanted to go on farther bike rides so randomly one day we headed to Lachine which is on the south side of Montreal island and biked around the edge. It took us about 3 hours as we stopped a lot and got lost. The weather was poor that day so I didn’t take many photos but I loved these two.
During the months of June to August every first Friday of the month they have a food cart night at the Olympic Stadium. Some our favourites for going in June was the Polish sausage on a stick (sooo good) and Polish fruit drink.
A bunch of random photos from various walks around the Plateau and other areas of Montreal. That elephant statue by the way is $200 – and I really want it even though who would spend that kind of money on a disco ball elephant? Also the ice cream in the last photo is Korean and suppose to be a shark, it’s really really good so if you can find I highly recommend it.
Lets end this very long Things That Make Me Smile with a self-portrait of myself after dying the tips of my hair purple (the camera tells lies, this is way more purple in person). Being bright and colorful always makes me smile.
I love getting the chance to visit Marche Atwater every spring and pick out new plants to add to my inside garden as well as view all the amazing flowers they have there. Our apartment doesn’t offer much space on our balcony or by the windows so I love being able to day dream and think about what I would plant if I had a whole yard and house to fill. I just wish I knew more of their names. If you know any botany 101 books that include photos and North American plant varieties let me know as I’d be interested to try and learn so when I post photos of them I can identify them too. We ended up leaving with a bunch of new plants, including a few air plants, a variety of succulents and a licorice plant to name a few. I also bought a small bunch of flowers to test grow on the balcony as I am unsure if they will get enough light. It’s so nice to have a space filled with life, I love it so much. I should probably take a few photos my what my garden looks like now with the new additions – maybe later this summer have they’ve grown a bit.
Another Things that Make Me Smile post this month because the last one was a special one just for Easter. It’s been a really random month so these photos are all over the place. I can’t believe we are almost finished, April went by way too quickly for me. I guess being bedridden didn’t help, anyways here are the some of things that had me grinning ear to ear…
My friend Billy (Starchild Stela) gave me one of her adorable shrink pieces. If you like you can check out her store where she has plenty.
Star Trek engraved wood pieces I’m going to DIY into brooches and the newest zine from an artist I love Funnyskullgrin (Ally Burke).
Today I needed a day off, so I’m just going to share with you two Instax Mini photos from me and Victor’s first walk of spring. Yup, it’s finally warm enough to walk around Montreal and I couldn’t be happier about it. This Sunday we decided to enjoy the fresh air and go to my favourite bakery to buy almond croissants and sit in Parc Laurier. The parc btw had no leaves on any of the trees, brown grass and snow patches scattered about and was still packed with every hipster parent and their kids because I think everyone was just so happy. It was nice. Yesterday also marked the first day in over 2 weeks were I haven’t been suffering from symptoms of my concussion, so I’m having a pretty great week all things considered. I’m also a good week behind on the blog because of not being able to really do work for the past 2 weeks so that’s why today’s post is super short. Sorry! I do have a really fun post for tmr about what I’m currently reading. (I love the Little Twin Star Instax Mini film, so adorable)
Here is a look into my inside garden that I’ve been growing since moving in last year. A few weeks ago I showed you the slew of new plants that I’ve added and an update on my old plants so today is all about how I choose to decorate my inside garden this year! I have my garden organized into 3 different parts of the apartment, first my kitchen window, my front room and Victor’s office. I am running outta space around the house now as we don’t have many sunny areas but I love the little spurts of green and feel like they add so much to our apartment. Hope you enjoy the look into my little garden!
The part of the garden that was super fun to decorate was the terrariums for my air plants. I bought 3 small air plants so I have one larger bowl for two of them and a smaller bowl for the other. I filled them with seashells and rocks and positioned the air plants like they were coming out of the shells. Because I need to take them out once a week to soak in water I made them very accessible.
The biggest change is the kitchen window! I wanted to get the vines higher up because they were growing down to the ground so I bought some fabric plant hangers and installed hooks on the ceiling. I wanted to create a curtain effect of vines because we don’t have any blinds or curtains on the window because we enjoy being able to look outside and all the light. I just love how it looks with all the different heights and think it’ll look great when the newer vines grow down. We did have 5 hangers with vines but we had a causality (the lemon licorice vine seems to reject getting replanted and died right away). I think it looks magical especially with all the different colors. The one big issue is the higher plants are really hard to water, if you have any tips for that let me know in the comments.
For the rest of the kitchen I have my little vintage table setup with 4 plants on it and I’ve decorated with some seashells and two porcelain rabbits I picked up for Easter and decided were too cute not have out all year long. I even have one of my tattoo Hello Kitty Easter eggs resting in the soil of the umbrella plant. I brought in a little tower I was using last year for herbs inside to put beside the table to hold my succulent that doesn’t need as much light and my garden gnome friend! The bottom shelf even holds all my gardening supplies which is super handy. The pink quill has flowered twice already and it just makes me smile so much, I think I’ll have to pick up more flowering plants next year because I love it so much. The flowers disappear after 2 days but the purple contrasting with all my green foliage it beautiful while it lasts.
I want to share an update of last year’s plants and new additions to my inside garden! I’ve went full all in to creating my perfect garden this year after all my plants from last year managed to survive. I went little nuts at the nursery and even had to go twice so there are a lot of new plants. I hope this year is just as successful as the last and that I haven’t went in too deep. While researching the feeding schedules of my plants online (total geek, I know) I realized that a few of the ‘easy’ looking plants at the nursery are pretty advance plants for someone as beginner as me. So let’s just say, I’m nervous. First the plants that have survived a whole year, if you want to see the before check out my last update post, here!
Honestly the growth of them all is what surprises me the most, they seem to be thriving which is wonderful. Our apartment doesn’t get amazing natural light but the kitchen and Victor’s studio do have pretty good light through out the day so that helps. The craziest to me is the fishnet stocking plant that seems to lose it’s leaves and never grown them back…I guess it’s because it’s an annual so it should technically be dead (and not 5 feet tall). The vines are a little insane too and I’ve had to put them in hangers because they’ve outgrown sitting on the counter. No casualties and that’s the most important, now for the new additions…
Vines & Succulent
The Echeveria succulent had an accident on the way home from the nursery so lots of its leaves fell off but it’s starting to grow back. I’m weary of succulents since I’ve had them die on me before out of nowhere so this year I’m getting one to test out. I also bought a Lemon Licorice vine, English Ivy and a Hoya vine to hang in the kitchen window. So excited to have whole row of hanging vines.
For Victor’s office he bought a Umbrella Tree and a Boston fern to have on the desk. He also picked up a large Bamboo Palm as well (not pictured since we repotted it instantly after getting it home). For the kitchen I got another Umbrella Tree since they look so neat, a Song of India and Palm Lily.
Scarlet Star & Cronton
I had to buy another Cronton because mine was so small and they take a long time to grow and it’s just a really awesome plant. Although I kind of regret it now because it’s so rewarding to grow them out and the new one is a little too large for my apartment (may give him away). I also picked up a mature Bromeliad Scarlet Star since they are amazing look at, a tricky plant I realize now but I’m up to the challenge and excited to see if it’ll bloom for me. Last but not least I picked up a Pink quill which is just tiny and beyond cute, it’s also a bromeliad.
Today is just Part 1 of my inside garden update, I just wanted to show how much the older plants have grown and the new repotted plants in their containers. The next update will have the plants actually in my house so I can show you how I display them. I’ve picked up so many hanging plant holders for the vines and created plants areas around all my windows; they really need their own post. So check that out, I believe it’ll be the 2nd week of July. Let me know if you have any plant tips, I have the watering schedule all written down to make it easier for myself so I feel ready!
*Note: Before leaving me a comment or e-mailing me, yes I do know that some of my plants are poisonous to cats, in fact I know which plant is poisonousness to me as well. I have had my cat for enough years to know her habits around plants, and as much as she loves gnawing on cat grass, and the bamboo palm she actually never pays any attention to my other plants. If she did, I wouldn’t have the plants anywhere near my house. Thanks for your concern :)
Me and Victor went to Atwater Marche to visit plant nurseries last week. We were looking to expand our inside garden which we’ve wanted for years but have been scared to do since I’m a plant killer. We had a few succulents and bamboo a few years ago that pretty much keeled over and dead as soon as the winter hit for no reason. I’ve been weary every since of the possibilty of growing indoor plants in Montreal but I’ve had a little vine plant for almost a year now that managed to make it through the winter and I’ve pretty happy to see it growing now that it’s spring.
I’ve been wanting to start a herb garden so I started that first and seeing how well the vines were doing I decided to try and find large plants for the house as well. The Atwater Marche has much large plants so we were excited to visit and I loved how amazing all the flowers and plants looked so I thought I’d share you photos from our trip there as well.
We managed to pick 3 plants, a Fishnet Stocking annual plant, a Zee Zee plant for Victor’s studio and another little colorful guy which I have no idea what he is (let me know if you do). I also got some cat grass to discourage Butter from eating the other plants and the chives (as you can see in the picture above of her snacking on it). I’m growing the cat grass from seed and it’s already sprouting after a few days so I’m very excited to see how my little home garden turns out and maybe buy even more plants.