Urban Jungle Bloggers | A green gift

April 30, 2015

Urban Jungle Bloggers | A green gift | These  Four Walls blog

This month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers challenge was to create a ‘green gift’ – a plant-themed present for a birthday, dinner, wedding or house-warming.

I can’t think of a better gift than a plant – living, long-lasting and ever-growing. When Chris and I moved into our current property we were given potted roses and herbs by several friends, and I love looking at them every day, knowing they will thrive in our home for years to come (unless we forget to water them, of course!).

Urban Jungle Bloggers | A green gift | These  Four Walls blog

For my creation, I chose succulents – beautiful, quirky, and easy to care for if destined for anyone with less than green fingers. Their leaves can also be propagated to create new plants, so they’re gifts that keep on giving!

Urban Jungle Bloggers | A green gift | These  Four Walls blog

I wanted to present the succulents in a simple but eye-catching way (no need to detract from their beauty), so I decided to plant them in one of my favourite new discoveries – washable paper bags by Uashmama, which I sourced from The Future Kept. These fantastically versatile things look stylish, can be squashed, washed and rolled without damage and, if the recipient repots the plants in another container, are reusable in all sorts of different ways. They’re also ideal for greenery; you just need to put a plastic tray in the bottom to avoid water leakage.

Urban Jungle Bloggers | A green gift | These  Four Walls blog

I then clipped gift tags onto the bags with miniature pegs (easily available via stationary and craft shops) and added a little bit of bakers’ twine for decoration.

Urban Jungle Bloggers | A green gift | These  Four Walls blog

I’m rather pleased with the results, which I think I’ll give to various family members who will be housesitting for us at different points over the next few months. After all, they’ll be keeping our plants watered and healthy while we’re away!

Urban Jungle Bloggers | A green gift | These  Four Walls blog

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series run by Igor of Happy Interior Blog and Judith of JOELIX.com, encouraging people to share plant-related styling tips, ideas and inspiration. To find out more, head over to the website or search #urbanjunglebloggers.

All photography by Abi Dare

14 thoughts on “Urban Jungle Bloggers | A green gift

  1. Candice

    I’ve just discovered your site via the Urban Jungle Bloggers – it’s lovely! So happy to have found you – and adore the bags you’ve used here.

    1. Abi Post author

      Thanks so much Candice! The bags are lovely, aren’t they – and so versatile. I’m using them everywhere at the moment – for plants, storage, all sorts! x

  2. Barbara

    Those are lovely. I recently just discovered those bags too. I think succulents are great to give as a green gift because they do not need much attention which is perfect for a busy person or a newbie. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Abi Post author

      Thanks Barbara! I’m about to try propagating some, so I hope to have lots of succulent babies to give to people soon!

  3. Judith

    Ohhhh beautiful Abi! The gifts that keep on giving! Love how you used the bags from The Future Kept in your styling too, super nice 🙂 Thank you for sharing your green gifts with us!

    1. Abi Post author

      Thanks Judith! I have a feeling I’ll be using these bags everywhere from now on…

  4. Jeska

    Hey Abi, beautiful post! I love the curly leaf one, when I was in Copenhagen I saw them everywhere but they are harder to get here, good find!

    1. Abi Post author

      Thanks Jeska! It’s the first time I’ve seen those plants over here – I got them from a Wyevale garden centre, if that’s any use!

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