I am back with the April edition of Urban Jungle Bloggers, a tad late since it’s April 29th but hey! I actually took plenty of pictures two weeks ago just before leaving on a week break for the kids holidays. However I only managed to take them really late in the evening and therefore relied heavily on my shutter speed to get as much exposure as possible. I started editing them as I though I would publish this post on the 21st but realized that I really needed to edit them too much and wasn’t getting the result I was looking for. So I let it go and took new pictures this past Sunday upon our return, with much better lighting conditions. Besides some cropping I didn’t edit them at all.
This month’s theme was “Balconies and window sills”. Since moving to Madrid, we now have the chance of living in a house and we even have a garden. We do have lots of windows and window sills but every single window in this house has grids which doesn’t make it very convenient to add plants since the grids are set between the window and the sills. We do however have a terrace which I used for this exercise. We had two very large white planters left abandoned and before adding some content to them I decided that they needed some color. I rather randomly chose two leftover interior paint samples from Farrow & Ball and painted them with my son one afternoon before heading to our local garden center.
I selected an assortment of succulents in various shapes and sizes and also purchased a larger agave with a matching terracotta pot. The large blue planter you see on the picture originally hosted an olive tree over ten years ago on my tiny fifth floor Paris balcony. It has since moved with us but remained mostly unused. The pot with the typical Spanish floral pattern was also in the garden when we moved in. I don’t know if it belonged to a previous tenant but it was begging to be used. I planted some lavenders in those two large planters already three months ago and it is growing nicely.
I shot those pictures in the afternoon when the sun shines in the garden and I love how it is reflected on them. Those little succulents make me very happy and I especially like the funny curly one in the blue planter . Did you notice that the leave edges of two of them even match the eggplant planter color?
For those wishing to know, the Farrow & Ball colors I used for the planters are Brinjal (eggplant) and Bowler Hat Blue. This last color is exclusive to the Brussels showroom as it was created for the walls of the Magritte museum.