Happy New Year! I hope that your 2017 is filled with new experiences and tons of adventures! It's my goal this year to spend less time indoors, and more time out and about exploring some gorgeous sights, and seeking out plenty of flowers, of course! I thought long and hard about a new years resolution, and quickly came to the conclusion that I just want to spend more time in places that make me happy, not just material things that make me happy. This past year I spent a lot of time, energy and money making our house a home, and this year it's going to be all about weekend trips to scenic locations and exploring all that the neighborhoods of Seattle have to offer. I'm also super anxious to have winter out of the way so that the first flowers of spring can make their way to the market!
I kicked off the new year with a trip to one of my favorite places, the Volunteer Park Conservatory in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. It's a location that I find pure bliss. I tend to spend the majority of my time there daydreaming about owning a space large enough to one day have a greenhouse teeming with healthy plants. As an added bonus, if you're trying to escape from the chilly temperatures this time of year, all you have to do is take one step through the door and you're in a seriously tropical climate!
Forever my adventure buddy, thanks Adam for taking me here as my birthday wish and tolerating the amount of pictures I wanted to take!
This Monstera is MASSIVE! It puts our little guy at home to shame! The tropical plant area of the conservatory is one of my favorites, it features plants with enormous colorful blooms, and textures that look and feel almost artificial. I wish it were easier to grow these types of plants in Seattle, but unfortunately the colder weather and lack of sunshine makes it a challenge to keep them alive past winter!
This look right here is my winter uniform; leather jacket, cozy sweater, vans and a beanie. It's all about those beanies with the furry pom right now, you should have at least one in your wardrobe! This one's by Topshop.
I love to visit the conservatory in the wintertime when it is quiet and there aren't very many people around. It's a nice calming experience, and allows me to take all the pictures I want!
The cacti section of the conservatory is a close second for my favorite area. There's something about the cool tonal palette of the plants that highly contrasts with their spiky exterior. It's fun for me to be able to identify some of the varieties that I have at home, and take note of a few new kinds.
I recently received the book Botanical Style for my birthday and I highly recommend it! It's really inspiring if you are looking for new ways to display succulents, cacti, or any other greenery for that matter! There are some gorgeous examples of greenhouses as well, which have had me pinning away on my Pinterest board.
I tend to carry totes when we go out on adventures since I'm never without a few different camera lenses! This tote by Michael Kors is personally one of my favorites, the wine color takes me through fall and right into winter.
Can you spot the gigantic Fiddle-leaf fig? All I can say is #goals. I purchased one a few years ago at IKEA for twenty bucks, standing at about three feet tall. Since then I've learned these guys can be pretty temperamental! I kept it in a room that was too cold and lovingly watered it too much, and as a result leaves were dropping like crazy. I remember standing over it, pleading for it to stop dying as I cut back brown spots on the leaves. Since then, it has been placed by a window with plenty of sunlight, given all the warmth it needs, and just a dash of water when the top inch of soil is dry. I also keep the leaves free of dust by wiping them with a small amount of coconut oil - it makes them nice and shiny too! Since the beginning of December alone, it has grown six new leaves! I'm in shock since technically it's not supposed to do anything in the winter. It's almost as tall as me now, and I'll definitely be planting it in a new pot this spring to encourage even more growth! The market for Fiddle-leaf figs has literally grown in leaps and bounds the past two years, I was at a nursery the other day and found one as tall as mine selling for 100 bucks. That's insane!
Here's to 2017, which is sure to be the best year yet. I can't wait to bring you guys fresh content teeming with flowers and foliage! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!