Oops! Didn’t mean to take this long a brake from blogging here…

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Crocus with bee, 19th March 2017. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Oops! I didn’t mean to take this long a brake from blogging here… Time sometimes flies faster than you realise.

Meanwhile I was caught in between various activities. Spring finally has arrived and all the snow is gone. For the moment at least. It snowed this night again but snow is now gone again. That’s normal for the season.

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Larvae Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

Both the bees and the larvae are waking up as well as the spring flowers. The soil has thawed (more or less) and spring-cleaning of the garden has begun. Too early yet to dig or plant anything, but soon…

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Gustav asleep. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Gustav the cat, my neighbours male cat, turned 12 on the 20th of March. He still visits me almost daily if he finds the door to the garden open. May he yet last many years to come.

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Garden-boots. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The bench against the warmest wall in the garden is in place again and the neighbour and I and the cats can sit there when weather allows and have coffee and just enjoy the sunshine.

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Knitting. Photo: ©nini,tjader.2017

I have taken up knitting again and again enjoy it. Presently only re-using old yarns from old sweaters that have been unravelled. Had forgotten how much I used to enjoy knitting. And crocheting.

I am also presently participating in an Instagram photochallenge called #fotoutmaningmars2017. It is fun. We have one word or phrase a day during March to interpret with an image and post on Instagram. You do not have to participate every day, but it is a challenge to do so and I really enjoy it. My identity on Instagram is @ninitj. You can also see my latest postings on Instagram in the column to the right if you are interested.

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Will be tomatoes? Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

I’ve also been busy sowing all kinds of things. Despite that I said that I would not buy any seeds or sow any seeds again… I’ve usually no luck with sowing seeds.

But here I go again … The above will be (if it succeeds) tomatoes of 4 different kinds. Three different ones in the pink box, and another under the plastic. Those in the box is an experiment with seeds from sliced tomatoes from the grocery store. We will see…

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White geraniums. Photo: ©nini,tjader.2017

Now is also the season to tend to your indoor plants and particularly the geraniums. I cut down my only remaining white geranium, which resulted into 8 cuttings, which I planted 2 in each pot. The mother-plant is now smaller and got new soil in a new pot. With a bit of luck I will get 5 healthy white geraniums to move outside when it gets warmer in a couple of months.

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Fragranced geranium. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The fragranced geranium which I had as a cutting in a vase for a long time over winter, also survived being planted in its own pot a couple of weeks ago. Originally those cuttings were two, with lots of roots in the vase. One survived being planted, the other one died.

I’ve also knitted two pairs of socks.… That was what awakened my re-born interest in knitting. Then there was one pair of fingerless mittens. And one pillow-case.

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Hand-knitted socks. Photo.: ©nini.tjader.2017

All is well. Spring is here. Summer-time starts on Sunday.
I will not have such a long brake in blogging again… unless I get extremely busy with other things.  But I will always be back. That I promise.

My kitchen presently

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My kitchen. Photo ©nini,tjader.2017

This is my kitchen presently, in Februari 2017. I know I have shown it before, but it changes slightly over time, which is why I sometimes come back to it with new pictures. That wall-paper has still not got exchanged…

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My kitchen windows on a sunny morning. Photo ©nini.tjader.2017

My kitchen has the most fantastic light in the mornings if the sun is shining.

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My kitchen windows. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

The kitchen has two windows in an angle. The one to the left faces south, the one to the right faces west. They are perfect for flowers of all kinds.

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In my kitchen. The windows. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

I do not use curtains in the kitchen. Instead I have this now huge philodendron plant which grows along the top of the windows, attached to the curtain-rods. I do not have neighbours or passers by that can look into the kitchen anyway even though I live on the ground floor. I do have blinds in case I need to block out the light for some reason.

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My kitchen.Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The floors are oak parquet (as is the entire flat). The floor is easy to maintain, not as parquet floors used to be when I grew up. Nowadays they are very practical. 

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My kitchen carpet. Photo: ©nini,tjader.2017

As the falt is on the ground floor the floors are pretty cold (if you ask me), so I have carpets everywhere and in the kitchen too. The present carpet is from IKEA and called Ravnsö. I love its colors. It is flat-woven, which is a must when you have chairs to draw out and in from under the table. I had another Ikea carpet before which drove me nuts in that respect.

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My kitchen ceiling lamp. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The ceiling lamp looks like a designerlamp called SEMI, but it isn’t. This one is an old Ikea-lamp that I love which has followed me through several flats by now. As the electric attachments in this flat were different than in my previous flat (more modern), and the kitchen also has a sloping roof and no electric outlet in the roof, I exchanged the electricity in the lamp when I move in here and gave it a longer cord. It was much needed. Because of the sloping roof it also got an extended arm to hang in (not seen in the pictures).

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The kitchen is more or less square and has a nice size. It could have been better planned though when it comes to cupboards, fridge and freezer.

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My kitchen Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

In the corner in the picture above there used to be a regular bottom cupboard, I exchanged its content a couple of yeras ago to drawers instead of shelves. The shelves were impossible down there in that corner. You couldn’t reach anything without first more or less emptying the cupboard. It is also 60 cms deep which made the shelves down there in the corner really hard to be useful. I love those drawers. They were worth the cost.

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My kitchen. Photo ©nini.tjader.2017

I have plenty of cupboards but no real pantry. For a while I used an Ikea Billy bookcase with doors as pantry. When I exahnged the shelves for drawers in the bottom cupboard though the drawers became my pantry for all dry stuff. Those drawers has a lot of space for your dry goods.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017
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My kitchen. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

I’ve got two sinks, both pretty big, 

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The coffebrewer. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

Just beside the sinks is my coffee-brewer. I love its rounded form and that it is bright red. 

The benches are oak-imitation. I would love to change it for something else.

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My kitchen. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

The stove is an Electrolux stove with glass ceramic top. I didn’t want an induction top when I exchanged the stove two years ago as that would have meant that I would have had to exchange several of my pots and pans.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Just above the stove is the kitchenfan and a spicerack. Only the spices I use the most are kept here, the rest I keep in the cupboard to the left of the fan-cupboard where it is dark.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

To the right of the stove I keep all those things and tools that are essential when cooking, plus two black bread-boxes and the cutting boards.

The hanging shelf under the cupboard I found a Lidl some years ago. Comes in handy for small stuff.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

There are more cupboards on the other side of the kitchen.

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My kitchen. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

Here you also look out to my work-corner and the two halls that you pass to come to the kitchen.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

In the corner there you see the fridge and the freezer. Really small. I would love to have full size fridge and freezer. That would mean though that I would have to remove some cupboards. Heights is also an issue because of the sloping roof.

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My kitchen. Photo ©nini.tjader.2017

On my fridge/freezer.

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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The cupboards beside the fridge/freezer. That fake oak-top again.

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My kitchen. PHoto: ©nini.tjader.2017
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My kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Tea, cacao and regular coffee (red tin in the bottom row) are kept on these small shelves from Ikea (not sold any longer).

That wall-paper will be exchanged one day…

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My kitchen. Photo ©nini.tjader.2017

Under the tea-shelves is the Ikea-trolley with all kinds of dry stuff that I didn’t find a logical place for elsewhere. To the right of that is a bookcase with cookery-books, recipes and the like. Presently my former iMac also stands there. Have to empty it and try to sell it. It has a sick graphic card that needs to be changed if it will be possible to use properly. It also isnät compatible with the latest OS.

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The kitchen bookcase. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017
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The kitchen bookcase. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

That concludes the kitchen roundtrip.

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My kitchen. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

They call this “art” and sell it

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Ylva Skarp “art” lightboxes by IKEA. Screendump from image at livethemma.ikea.se

IKEA just announced these lightboxes with “art” by Ylva Skarp on a foil attached to the lightboxes. Price SEK 1295/approximately USD 145. The product is called FLOALT. Ylva Skarp and her images are popular in certain interior design circles and you often find her images in featured interiors. 

Personally I don’t call this “art” or “calligraphy” which some do. Personally I would never pay SEK 1295 to IKEA for a lightbox with her images. Would you? I’ve always found her imagery overrated.

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Images and “art” by Karolina Palmer. Screenshot from Leva&Bo.

The above “art”-images are sold via Leva & Bo, a magazine from one of Swedens daily newspapers. They are posters and art-cards and even pillow-cases. They are created by Karolina Palmer. Apparently they are very popular? I fail to understand why… How can images like these be called “art”? They look like something your child (or your friends child) would have created. And mass-produced to sell via the magazine. I would never pay for them. Nor would I ever put them on my walls at home.

Of course taste differs between different people, but some things that are sold as art, really shouldn’t be called art…. In my opinion.

I actually love art and am a real image-nerd, but these ones? No, thanks.

The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017

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The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017. The entrance exhibition by Jaime Hayon. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017 is now over. I visit this fair every year to see new trends, beautiful furniture and lightings and to get impressions and input on what is to come in the near future when it comes to furniture and light. This year was no exception. I was there.

I visited on the one day that is for the common people, like me. The fair goes on almost the entire week for the pros. One of few fairs where you cannot buy anything unless you are a company. Liberating.

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The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Overall impression was that the furniture is more rounded and stuffed than previous years. There are more colors. There was a lot of blond wood everywhere. There were less office chairs, more regular chairs, less office interiors, more interesting lightings (both in form and expression), more diningtables/conference tables.

This year I managed to visit all three halls and a short visit to the Green room hall. I even sat down for a while in the C hall and listened to an event about trends.

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The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017. Photo: nini.tjader.2017

I took fewer photos this year than I use to. But, I’ll show you the ones I did take. I do not keep track on designers and/or firms or who did what. I just look at how things look and if I like them or find them interesting in one way or the other.

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The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

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Where did I see this before?

Image from Instagram

Some time ago this image of this bookcase/room-divider appeared in my Instagram flow.

I immediately thought: Where did I see this bookcase/room-divider before?

Well… Ikea of course. Their bookcase called VALJE. Not the same of course, but very similar though the Ikea model has a backside, the above does not.

Similar? Yes. I would guess that the price is far from similar though…

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Ikea VALJE. Image from Ikea.

Blue bedroom. My blue bedroom.

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Blue bedroom. My blue bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Blue bedroom. Dark blue walls. My bedroom has dark blue walls. Lately many interior design articles and papers are showing and writing about dark colored bedrooms. As if it would be something new?

I painted my bedroom walls – all of them – dark blue at the beginning of 2015. I wanted another color on the walls already when I moved in in November 2009. Couldn’t stand the original pale green color. I began the project in October 2014, and finished it in February 2015.

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My blue bedroom. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

Not much has happened since. I change the bedspread, the bedskirt and the pillows now and then, and the curtains, but otherwise it looks much the same as in February 2015. I have changed the carpet too to the big one I had in the kitchen before.

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My blue bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I am happy with my blue bedroom and the dark walls. It is good to sleep here.

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My blue bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I have plenty of white details in the bedroom. Perfect against the dark walls. The bedframe is also white, as are the doors and outsides of the cupboards. The bedframe is one piece of an IKEA Malm bed. The rest of the bed is stored in my storage space. Its construction was/is really bad nowadays. Every time I got into bed it felt like the bed would fall apart. So I reverted to steady legs on the mattress and stored the rest of the bed, minus the bedframe.

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My blue bedroom. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

I have never regretted painting the walls in the bedroom dark blue. It gives calm.

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My blue bedroom color. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

This is the color I used. I have some left if I need to repair somewhere. 

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My blue bedroom. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

Having white, or light, details in furniture makes the room feel lighter than it actually is. It is a rather small room, but the dark color doesn’t make it feel smaller because of it. I have too many bookcases and wardrobes though, which makes it impossible to have bedside tables by the bed (even though the bed is only 120 cms wide). I solved that need with those small boxes on the wall as an alternative.

(Why do I have two iPhones charging there? One the old iPhone 3 is my alarmclock, the other is an iPhone 5s that I really should get rid off as I’ve exchanged if for an iPhone 7 recently. The old iPhone 3 has no SIM-card.).

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My blue bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Pictures and other decorative items in the bedroom stand out fine against the blue walls provided they are light enough.

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My blue bedroom. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

My oldest iMac (the very first Intel-model) stands there as an option for playing DVDs and watching them in bed. Still fully working with an old OS and applications which I don’t have on my regular Macs. Cannot get updated.

After having the bedroom dark blue since early 2015, I am still happy with the dark blue walls. I might in the future change them again, but for now they are fine.

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My blue bedroom. View towards the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Nothing new under the sun…

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Picture from Fermliving.

I today read about the new collection from FERMLIVING in a few of the blogs I follow. One of the items that caught my eye were the saucers in the above and the below pictures.

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Image from Fermliving.

I thought: wait a minute. Aren’t those very much alike the old saucers I have in my cupboard that I inherited from my parents/grandparents?

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Image from Fermliving.

I also thought: What is new about these ones, this model? Haven’t we seen them before? Or at least very similar models? These cost €34 a piece and are not yet in stock at Fermliving.

The ones I inherited, see below, are often seen at stores that sell used goods, like the Salvation Army store for instance. Then at a price of about SEK25 a piece. I still have seven of them left. You might be able to get more of the same model at the Salvation Army store…

Nothing new under the sun, right?

Below are my old saucers. Not the same, but similar in model and look. Mine have a handle and are probably not dishwasher safe. We used them for deserts when I was little.

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Orchid phaleanopsis – it is orchid time

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Orchid Phaleanopsis. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Orchid phaleanopsis, the most common orchid in most homes. It is now orchid time. All my six orchid phaleanopis are either blooming or on their way to start blooming. They all bloom about twice a year. They live in the area of my kitchen windows, one south facing, one west facing.

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Phaleanopsis orchid Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

Three of my orchids were replanted, roots trimmed, bark exchanged and leca added recently. Three still need to be taken care of, even though they have meanwhile started to bloom. The above orchid is my oldest, the very first I got years ago. It blooms about twice a year every year.

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Orchid phalleanopsis. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

My orchids have been around for quite some time. The three I replanted recently I set in glass vases without a hole in the bottom. Leca balls at the bottom, som bark in between the plentiful roots. They get water very seldom and those three I have replanted I check carefully after watering so the water is not drowning them.

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Orchid phaleanopsis Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

Phaleanopsis orchids are really easy to care for and very seldom need watering. Mine get water only about every second week or so.

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Orchid phaleanopsis Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

To know if an orchid need water, just check its leafs. If they are solid and shiny, it doesn’t need water at that stage. Don’t give it more water then. If leafs feel soft somehow, it needs water.

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Orchid phaleanopis flower bud. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

You can also shower them regularly, on leafs and flowers and flower buds. They love that. They take in a lot of what they need of humidity from the air around it. The drier their surroundings, the more they need to be showered now and then.

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Orchid phaleanopis buds. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The above orchid is my newest (just a couple of years) one. It will get yellow flowers. This year it has two stems for the first time. Those yellow flowers use to stand for a couple of months every time it blooms.

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Yellow orchid phaleanopis Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The yellow one is one of the three I recently replanted. It has a dying leaf that looks a bit boring. But, dying leafs should never be removed until they have dried away completely and are easy to remove. Let the nourishing from it go back into the plant before you remove that ugly leaf.

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Orchid phaleanopsis Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

You can also check the health of an orchid by looking at is roots. Are they thick and green (or sometimes white-ish depending on how much light they have got) the plant is fine. Are shrivelled and dry and brown? Plant may still be fine, but  those roots can be removed/cut off as they have no purpose any more.

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Orchid phaleanopsis. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Watch out for its leafs if it stands close to a window. The leafs can get burn-damage both from cold windows and too much sun and hot windows. It is fairly common and looks like a large dry spot on the leaf. It won’t harm the plant, but it doesn’t look nice. Windows can get really cold in the winter and really hot in the summer. Move those plants so they do not touch the windows.

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Orchid phaleanopsis Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

I have always been fascinated by the orchids flowers. Take a close look at them. Sometimes they look butterflies, sometimes their insides looks like small leopards are residing inside the flower.

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Orchid phaleanopsis Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

My orchids do not use sticks to hold them up. That is not how they grow in the wild. They hang.

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Orchid phaleanopsis Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

I use one of Ikeas hanging planters for the three orchids that haven’t been re-planted yet. I will probably not be able to use that after they’ve been re-planted.

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Orchid phaleanopsis Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

When the flowers are done and finished you end up with an empty flowerstem. It might be tempting to cut that off. Do NOT do that. Keep it as long as it is alive. You might get new flowers on it at a later stager. If the flowerstem dries and dies, then you can cut it off. It is then yellow and dry. If not, let it remain.

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Orchid phaleanopsis Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

I love orchids. But I only have one kind, the phaleanopsis in various colors. Maybe I will get some new color and/or new kind one day, but presently six (6) orchids are enough.

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Orchid phaleanopisis Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Who needs curtains when you have a philodendron?

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Philodendron instead of curtains. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Who needs curtains when you have a philodendron? I have this old philodendron plant instead of curtains in my kitchen.

My kitchen has two windows, one to the south and one to the west. There is plenty of light in the kitchen.

The philodendron plant, which someone in one of my FaceBook groups said is called philodendron tuxla(num), has been around for many years. I know it is a philodendron, but there are many in its family so I cannot swear on it being just that kind.

I originally got my philodendron when I lived in Vårby Gård at Bäckgårdsvägen, and it came with me when I moved to my present flat in November 2009. It is at least 15-20 years old by now and was cut down a couple of times in my former flat as I didn’t have any good way to keep it up when it got too tall/long. I have no idea how long I had it in my former flat.

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Philodendron 28th December 2010.

This (above) is how the philodendron looked on December 28th, 2010, a year after I moved to my present flat. It was much smaller then than it is today. The philodendron was later moved from that position to the livingroom.

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Philodendron in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Some time in 2013 I moved the philodendron from its corner in the livingroom to the kitchen as it didn’t get enough light in the livingroom. Plan was that it should get more light in the kitchen and more space.

I stopped using curtains in the kitchen already in October 2011. They were just in the way and stole too much light. I have shades and half-transparent blinds in the kitchen windows in case I need to protect plants and the kitchen from the sun. But no curtains. I prefer plants to curtains.

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Philodendron in the kitchen. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

As soon as the philodendron came to the kitchen it started growing again. I measured it the other day. It is now 3.80 cms long, counted from its pot on the floor. It has got several stems. The philodendron hangs and is fastened on to the curtain-rods, which I kept despite not having any curtains here, and covers one and a half window. It will soon cover the top of both windows.

It just keeps on growing…

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Philodendron in the kitchen instead of curtains. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

I guess it also creates a good climate in the kitchen in addition to the greenery it ads.

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Philodendron in the kitchen instead of curtains. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016
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Philodendron instead of curtains. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016
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Philodendron in the kitchen instead of curtains. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

 

Red amaryllis “Merry Christmas”

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Red amaryllis “Merry Christmas”. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

I just realised I haven’t shown you my red amaryllis “Merry Christmas” here. Yes, that is its name. I got four of the red amaryllis (and one white that is documented elsewere).

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Red amaryllis “Merry Christmas”. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

It started its life on November the 3rd when I woke up its roots over a glass of water for 48 hours.

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Red amaryllis “Merry Christmas”. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I planted them into a large, round pot that originally came with a tomato-plant. I’ve had this kind of red amaryllis before, last year actually. Then also planted in this pot.

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Red amaryllis “Merry Christmas”, 2016-11-17. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

It started to grow pretty fast.

Below are more pictures of its growth and development. The flowers became 20 cm in size in diameter. Heights 60 cms.  At first two of the bulbs had 2 stems, the other two one. Now a second stem comes in one of those with one stem. Each stem has had 4 flowers. The flowers are now beginning to die and their most beautiful period is over. I am now only watching it dying… The lifespan is around two months from when you awake the roots of the bulb.

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Red amaryllis “Merry Christmas” 2016-12-26. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

I haven’t decided yet if I should try to keep them for next year. If I do, I have to keep it somewhere light, give it water, and let the leaves grow out. Then take it outdoor over summer, cut it back in September and put it somewhere dark without water… Then start over again by end of October/beginning November…  I will probably NOT do all this. Too much work.

I love this amaryllis for its very red color and its beautiful large flowers. I will probably have the same kind next year as well.

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Plants & Light

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Plants & Light. This years red amaryllis on the kitchentable.  Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Plants & Light

We are at the peak of the dark season. It won’t get any darker now. Winter solstice was yesterday. Now it will only get lighter. But until it does…

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Plants & Light. My kitchen-jungle. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Until the light comes back, you have to help the plants and give them some additional light.

Some lights are for Xmas decoration and don’t give all that much light to the plants, other lights for keeping the plants alive over the dark winter months.

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Plants & Light. The figtree in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

For the latter I use a lamp called SUNLITE that comes from Venso Eco Solutions. It costs SEK 349, so not cheap. One is used for my figtree when it is indoors over winter. I got the first one about two years ago at a garden fair and used it over winter for the first time last winter.

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Plant & Lamps. The olive-tree in the bedroomn. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This year I got a second one, for my olivetree. This time at a regular plantshop. Both have white shades, but you can get it in other colors. 

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Plants & Lamps. In the livingroom-window. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The lamp has a periscope stand that you “plant” in the pot and drag out to desired length. The cord is really long so you can get it into the nearest electric outlet. The light is LED, with specific strength for plant-needs.

It kept my figtree alive the entire winter-period last year and I hope it will do that also this year, as well as for the olive-tree.

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Plants & Light. The olive-tree in the bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In the bedroom, where the figtree stand, I also have a decorative star lamp in the window, as is usual this time of the year. It doesn’t do all that much good for the plants, but it gives a cozy light.

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Plants & Light. The livingroom window. Photo: ©ninni.tjader.2016

In the livingroom I also have lights in the window that are more seasonal than for the good of the plants. They co-work with the plant-light. There are also various candles here.

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Plants & Light. In the livingroom window.  Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

When I shot the pictures we had snow outside. That is long gone now and there is no snow presently.

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Plants & Light. The bedroom window.  Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

Both the plantlights and the decorative Xmas-lights are connected to timers that turn them on and off at the times I set for them. Very convenient.

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Plants & Light. The livingroom window, Photo:©nini.tjader.2016
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Plants & Light. My figtree in the livingroom, Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The light is coming back though as from today onwards. I’m looking forward to some more daylight. This time of the year it is really dark.

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Plants & Light . My kitchen-jungle. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

White Amaryllis Alfresco 2016

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White amaryllis Alfresco 2016-11-01 Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

It all started on November 1st 2016 when I woke up the roots of my white amaryllis Alfresco by putting its roots over water in a jar. That takes minimum 24 hours. I kept it there for around 48 hours.

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White Amaryllis Alfresco 2016-11-03 Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

I then planted the white amaryllis Alfresco in its own pot with earth and gave it some water. Not too much water, just a little to make the earth moist.

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White Amaryllis Alfresco 2016-11-03 Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Then you wait and don’t give it any water at all until it starts to grow. It already had a small green top when I bought the bulb.

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White amaryllis Alfresco 2016-11-03 Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

I placed the pot in the livingroom and waited for further development.

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White amaryllis Alfresco 2016-11-17 Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

On November 17th it had started to grow and I dug out the amaryllis support from storage to have it ready for when the stem would go up. When it starts to grow, it grows really fast.

Below is its further development until today. It grows real fast when it starts growing. In the end it got four (4) stems. Each stem got at least 3-4 buds. It is a very beautiful amaryllis. This is the third year that I am growing this particular white amaryllis.

PS 2016-12-26. I’ve added some new pictures to the gallery,

Click on an image to see a larger versions or as slideshow.

From one iMac to another

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Problematic graphic card. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Problematic graphic card

I’ve for a long time had problems with my i old iMac 24″ from early 2009. Its graphic card somehow got sick. So, each time I did something that had to do with graphics it either totally froze, or suddenly crashed and restarted the iMac, or showed images similar to the one above where all the content of the screen was like a mosaic from all applications that were actively running. At that stage a forced quit via the button on the Mac was the only way out. Over time it got worse and some days I had crashes about 5-6 times a day. It was very hard to get anything done.

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My new iMac. Screenshot from ElGiganten.se website.

Getting a new iMac

So I decided I just had to get a new iMac to be able to get anything done when at the computer and also to be able to update to current OS and to have a graphic card that was supported by all my graphical software. Took a bank loan to be able to pay for it. That was easily and fast approved.

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My new iMac Photo ©nini.tjader.2016

Last week I bought it and brought it home.

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Connections on the new iMac. Image screenshot from Apple.

As Apple has changed almost all connections at the back of the iMac since my last 2009 model, and built it without a CD/DVD drive, I also had to buy some extra stuff. It says it can have 16MB RAM, but mine has 8 GB RAM. If I had wanted 16GB, I would have had to order that before purchase. You cannot change it afterwards as you used to be able to in older iMacs.

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External CD/DVD drive and adapter from Thunderbolt to Firewire. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Bought an Apple CD/DVD drive and an adapter from Thunderbolt to Firewire. My 1TB external WD MyBook harddisk which is my main backup disk only connects via Firewire.

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Apple powerplug. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

Noticed when I unpacked the new iMac that the powercord had a really nicely designed powerplug. Nobody but Apple might be doing beautiful power plugs…

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Old and new iMacs on kitchentable. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

Transferring content from the old iMac to the new with Migration Assistant

Next was to transfer my content from the old iMac to the new one. Some swear by beginning from scratch and install everything new from the beginning. I don’t. I use the Apple Migration Assistant. It is reliable and good and I have never had any problems with it. During my years at the technical department at Aftonbladet we always used that to transfer content from one machine to another.

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Old and new iMacs ready for content-transfer. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I set up the two iMacs on the kitchentable.

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Old and new iMacs connected via Ethernet cable. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I connected the two iMacs via a short Ethernet cable. Then I started the Migration Assistant on the old iMac, got a number on the screen of the old Mac to connect the machines to each other that I input on the new iMac, and made the choices for what to transfer.

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Transfer via Migration Assistant. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016
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Choice of what to transfer. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016
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Transfer of content starting. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

It prepares to transfer for a very long time. When you, like me, has a lot of content to transfer, it takes it time. Have patience.

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Preparing to transfer… Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

After a very long time it starts the actual transfer.

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Transfer has started. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

When it actually starts the transfer the Migration Assistant shows how long it might take to do the transfer. Do not trust that. It usually takes much longer than it initially says. How long depends on the number of files that are beings transferred and the size of the files. Many small files takes longer than large files. 

At times it looks like it is doing nothing and as if no transfer is being made. But be patient. It IS doing what it should even if there is no sign of it. Do not touch it during the transfer and do not cancel it in the middle of being done.

My transfer started early afternoon one day and was done around 11 AM the next day. It was successful. I worried that the old iMac might crash when doing this, as unstable as it was, but it didn’t crash and it didn’t freeze. That was a relief.

If it hadn’t worked, I would have used the backup on my backup disk and the application Carbon Copy Cloner to transfer the content from the old to the new Mac. It would probably have been much faster.

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Cleaned computer table. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Took the opportunity to clean the computer table when the Macs were on the kitchentable. It is now dust-free and clean. As long as it lasts…

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The new iMac on the work-table. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

A new wireless keyboard and mouse

With the new iMac also came a new wireless keyboard and a new wireless mouse. Both run via Bluetooth and are paired to the iMac already at delivery. They come with a special small cable for charging them.

The mouse I got used to pretty fast even though I find its edges a bit too sharp for my liking. The tiny, short keyboard without a numerical pad is another thing. I don’t really like the short keyboards. I am used to have a numerical pad for numbers. i keeping hitting the wrong keys on the tiny keyboard because they aren’t placed as I’m used to. and, when I am using a lot of numbers, or certain key combinations I keep crossing the hands and arms to reach them. My fingers have to relearn.

Otherwise, everything works just fine. Had to do a few updates of certain applications and to re-apply passwords in certain situation, and updated the OS to Sierra, but otherwise all applications work as they should. Even all my Adobe applications work just fine after the transfer. It is also a pleasure to finally be able to work without crashes and freezes. That was a long time ago I could do that.

What to do with the old iMac?

Haven’t decided yet what to do with the old 24″ iMac. It presently rests on the kitchen floor. I will eventually empty it. If anybody is interested in buying it from me, contact me. It does need a new graphic card though to work properly without crashes and freezes. And it won’t be possible to install the latest OS on it. But…

New wireless short keyboard and wireless mouse. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

My entrance hallway

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My entrance hallway. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

This is my entrance hallway. It is very small, only 170cm wide and 200cm long. In that space there are 2 doors, one is the entrance door behind the black and white curtain above, the other is the door to my storage room which is to the right in the picture. Then there is the opening from the hallway into the flat itself, and my second hallway.

Entrance hallways need a lot of functions, like storage, somewhere to hang your jackets and coats and visitors jackets and coats, somewhere to put shoes you take off, somewhere to sit, a mirror, and good lighting. In my case, the lighting is in the ceiling and contains three spots that can be directed to the areas in the space where you need the light to be. The smaller a hallway is, the more important is it to keep order there and to think through which functions you need in a hallway.

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My entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

It isn’t all that simple to get all functions for an entrance hallway in such a small space, but I think I’ve managed well enough. There is a bench with show-storage to the left in the picture, a chair to sit on when you put on or off shoes and a cupboard to the right where I store outdoor jackets and coats and shows and such which aren’t presently used, but still used during the current season.

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My entrance hallway. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The bench I bought from Stalands not long after I move into this flat. No longer sold, but they have similar furniture for hallways. Small, but two shelves for shoes, a cushion on top to sit on, or as here to throw your bags on when you come in. It also have two drawers (the white ones) where you can put smaller things.

Above the bench I have to tall and thin mirrors that originally were bought at Ikea very long ago. They are there both so you can see yourself before going out/or when you come in, and also give the impression that the space is bigger than it actually is. They also brings in light.

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My entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The cupboard to the left comes from IKEA and is still sold. It is called ANEBODA. On top of them I keep two large paper-boxes (from IKEA, where else?) for safekeeping of various largish plasticbags).

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The entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

When I bought the flat the walls in both hallways, this one and the next. had orange wall paper. Before I moved in I painted the walls dark grey. I dislike orange in interiors.

As you can see from the image above my office-corner in the second hallway is very close form here and on the way to the kitchen.

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The entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Floor is oak. There are two carpets for dirty shoes.Just inside the door a large red one, and on the way further into the flat the above round one from IKEA.

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The entrance hallway. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

Beside the door curtain (cloth from IKEA) hangs a clock with figures by Olle Eksell that IKEA sold until recently. Below it hangs a small shelf that IKEA sold temporarily. I bought two. They were originally red but I’ve painted them white as it makes it easier to place them.

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The entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In that corner I have large picture of Picasso on the wall. It is a poster from Apple Computer that I got many years ago. It was part of one of their advertising campaigns. I have some other posters from that same campaign. 

Below the large picture is a short pictureshelf from IKEA that I use for smalls tuff I need to put somewhere, like keys and such.

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The entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016
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The entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Just under the Picasso picture and the picture shelf is the chair and whichever shoes are used in the current season. And more IKEA items: the wastepaperbasket and the shoehorn. The red carpet comes from MIO and is one of those kinds that can absorb a lot of sand and snow and wetness. Was expensive but worth it. The chair is HOLMSEL from IKEA.

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Hang up in the entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

On the door to the storage room I hang the current jackets, coats, bags and such and coats and jackets of visitors. I use an over the door hanger for this purpose.

As small as this entrance hallway is, it contains all functions you need in an entrance hallway. But small it is. If we are more than one person there, one of us need to move on towards the second hallway. But otherwise, it is functional.

 

 

Creative Plant Pots

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Creative plant pots? Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Creative Plant Pots? That is the subject for the Urbanjunglebloggers task for November. Do I have any creative pots? Not really… Can creative plant pots be the way you use pots for your plants, or does it have to be the look of the pots themselves?

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Creative plant pots? Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

If we talk about the use of the pots rather than the look of them, then I will show you mine. The above ones are from IKEA and called BITTERGURKA. You can hang them one under the other. I have two connected and could have three if I give up the space on the windowledge under it. (Just beware that the plants are not too heavy and that they initially hang on something that can take the weight of the connected pots).

The pots is for hanging plants. But, as I my orchids do not grow upwards but to the sides and downwards I came to the conclusion some time ago that they are better off placed in these hanging pots. And the three I’ve put there love it.

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Creative plant pots? Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

My other three orchids are to be moved into these glassvases in the near future. Presently they live in those semi-transparent boring plastic pots that all orchids are sold in. The two vases in front are from IKEA, the one in the back is a cheap find at the shop of the Salvation Army the other day. I will follow up with a post about how and how it looks when done with the re-planting.

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Creative plant pots? Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Most of my plant pots are simple and white without any decorations whatsover. My idea of plant pots is that they should not be what you see first. First should be the plant itself. The pot should be as uninteresting as possible. The above one is somewhat an exception with its pattern of a hanging cloth. I have no idea where I got it from.

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Creative plant pots? Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This (above) is what I like. White. Simple. No adornments…

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Creative Plant Pots? Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This big, white, but lightweight, pot with its own plate I got from a neighbor when they moved north summer before last. They didn’t want to risk it when they moved. This kind of pot comes in several colors and sizes and some variations as well. It is usually sold at various fairs or at the ceramics shop where they are made. It comes from STUREHOFS KRUKMAKERI. I love it.

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Creative plant pots? Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This one (above) is not very creative, I agree. It is where my large climbing plant in the kitchen lives. it covers one and a half window presently. The plant pot is from IKEA and is one of their very first self-watering plant pots. They don’t do them in black any more, only white. Today it is called FEJÖ. 

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Creative Plant Pots? Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

In the living room the pots do not get any more creative than in the kitchen… But, you can add things around them that makes the arrangment more creative.

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Creative Plant Pots Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The plant in the middle for instance has a stand under its simple white pot that is not as simple as the pot. I found that stand in the garbage where I previously lived and have used it ever since.

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Creative Plant Pots Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In my livingroom window and the sideboard there I put various decorative items in between the plant pots to make it more interesting to look at. The glass candle holder above is from IKEA.

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Creative Plant Pots? Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Otherwise, my plant pots in the livingroom are white and simple… The one above for hanging plants comes from HORNBACH. it is smart as comes with metalwires to hang it up. Makes it strong to hold the plant in it. It also has a structured outside that I like.

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Creative Plant Pots? Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Usually my plant pots do not get more interesting than this white one…

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Creative Plant Pots? Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Or this dark blue one and the big white one with my largest cactus. The latter is from IKEA (not sold any more) and has an irregular shape in a triangular form. That is creative, right? I is perfect for the cactus as it is rather wide.

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Creative Plant Pots? Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

My smallest cactus – babies from the big one – has a flowershaped plant pot in green, Makes it stand out beside my white ones… I don’t know where I got it from. Have had it for years.

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Creative Plant Pots? Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

So, if the pot is white and simple, you can always decorate the plant itself with a metal colorful butterfly on a stick, right?

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Creative Plant Pots? Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

My olivetree also got a butterfly and a dedicated plantlight to survive the winter indoors. The plant pot is one of those I use most: simple and white with a plate just as simple and white. Can be bought in most stores that sell plant pots.

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Creative Plant Pots? Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

My plant pots do not get more creative than this. My plants have the lead role, not the pots they live in. I like them white and simple, but they may come in different shapes. Is that creative?

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Plant pots in the living room window. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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