I'm proper nuts about our plants. I especially like those 'less often seen about the garden centre' type of plants. I don't want to refer to them as 'odd', because they are genuinely beautiful to me. (Even though a friend recently described my Tillandsia's as "alien looking plants".
Our home is also home to about 40 different plants most of which are either Tillandsias, Cacti or Succulents. The trouble with such a plentiful mélange of plantae is that my dwindling and stretched memory just cannot keep up with all their bloomin' care requirements! I don't want to keep referring to Google. So I decided to start up a notebook where I can quickly record basic care instructions alongside a photo and a few scribbles about when and where I bought/rescued them from.
I'm not that serious about these notes. I just thought it would be handy for quick reference and it could be nice to look back on one day.
|Airplant: Tillandsia Xerographica|
|Planter used as a pen pot is from Conpot|
Sticky notes by Drop Around Japan can be bought in UK from Present & Correct
|Pencil by Craft Design Technology. |
Airplants: Tillandsia Plagiotropica, Tillandsia Capitata Red, Tillandsia Brachycaulos Abdita
The notebook I chose to use is the beautiful ombre A6 Skin-Grey notebook by Marjolein Delhaas. The cover is made of Munken Lynx rough paper and has been Iris printed. Iris printing is when two colours of ink are used together on a single print run. The results are unique and each cover ends up being subtly different. Each of the notebook contains 160 blank ivory pages ending with 32 apricot coloured pages at the back and unique number pressed on to the top right corner. I like the binding that allows the notebook to fall quite flat when open, though I must point out that it doesn't do this as seamlessly or elegantly as THIS notebook.
I am a bit disappointed that the pages are prone to bleed-through when I use anything other than pencil or ball pens. I sigh each time I add to the book, turn the page over and glance at the ink spidering though the paper. A pity as this had the potential to be a real star in my notebook collection. Anyway! I mustn't get too absorbed in the failings of the paper when the fact is that this this notebook does a splendid job as my own personal botanical reference book!
| For the Curious |
I use a pocket-size polaroid prince for the photos in my notebook. It's one of the most fun and often used gadgets I have at the moment.