Urban Jungle Bloggers – Balconies & Window Sills

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.

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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.

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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.

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Emerald Green Interiors Urban Jungle bloggers April- 2I 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?

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Thank you Judith and Igor for another great theme and for getting me to get some more stuff done around the house. I look forward to next month’s challenge.

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.

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  • Wow Corinne! These images are so pretty! The light in your garden is beautiful and I love how the colors of the planters and plants all match perfectly well. Super color-coordinated! Even when the lavender starts blooming it will match to the color scheme <3 Thanks for playing along again this month!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for your kind words Judith. I am sorry I couldn’t join last month. I hadn’t even thought about the lavender!ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful Corinne! Your outdoor space looks like the perfect home for the succulents! Thank you for joining us again & hugs from Israel!ReplyCancel

  • What a lovely garden you have, you must be in bliss there after no outdoor area. I honestly didn’t think you’d get many houses in Madrid – are you far from the centre? Those succulents look so happy and I love how the light captures the cob webs. Beautiful! M xxReplyCancel

  • Thank yuou Igor and have a wonderful time in Israel! It’s great to have a garden Mel, especially with one and another soon to be active child. We had actually a nicely sized terrace in Brussels but we didn’t get to use it very often due to the Belgian weather. We now live in a residential area slightly outside of the city center. It takes about 15 min by car to be at the heart of the city so it’s not bad.ReplyCancel

  • I love this series – I have seen it on Igor and Judith’s blogs. Your version is great – what a beautiful set a photos xReplyCancel

  • These are beautiful images Corinne! Perfect lighting this time. Do you use a macro lens? Which? And I love the web on that one succulent!!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you Trisha and Libby.
    Libby, no I don’t use a macro lens, just the only one we have which is an all purpose lens. I simply got close and zoomed in 🙂ReplyCancel

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