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Sweetly Scented String Garden

jasmine collage

Hello, fabulous flower friends!

Hopefully the weekend treated you well, and you are ready to kick start a brand new week full of fresh energy. I don’t know about you, but I experienced an inexplicable surge of inspiration this weekend… with so many ideas flooding my mind at once, it will simply be a matter of finding the time and energy to tackle them all. The first on my “to-do” list, a fun and flowery project that I’ve been waiting for ages to try, is a suspended garden of sorts. Closely related to the Japanese art of bonsai, Kokedama (moss balls) takes indoor gardening to a whole new level… literally.

I had originally planned to use a willowy orchid to hang in the nursery, but after searching high and low, I couldn’t settle on an option that was both affordable and aesthetically pleasing. Fast forward to my “a-ha!” moment during last week’s trip to the local Aldi when I happened upon some reasonably priced jasmine vines. Dare I say that these heavenly scented, feminine, and delicate creatures would make an absolutely ideal hanging plant?

I know that the scent of jasmine is one of those “love it” or “hate it” kinda things… but I love it. I’ve loved it ever since I was a wee one, begging my dad to let us plant one solitary specimen outside my bedroom window at our rented house. Suffering from an unfortunate aversion to strong scents, he reluctantly agreed to let my garden grow. Having left my little jasmine plant behind long ago, I often dream of growing a new friend here in Belgium. Our harsh winters seem to disagree. So, why not give it a go inside?

All I needed for this simple and straightforward project was a bit of string (or fishing wire if you’d like a more minimal look), a potted plant, and a sufficiently-sized sheet of moss.

I began by carefully teasing the vines of jasmine away from the cheesy metal “loop” form around which they had been wound.

Next, I tucked the soil and root ball safely within the confines of the moss. Holding the moss tightly against the plant with one hand, I used my other hand to wind the string around and around, forming something of a moss ball with jasmine vines sticking out from the top.

The more colorful or contrasting string you use, the more attention you should pay to the abstract art you are creating with your layers of string.

Once your moss is tied nice and taught around your root ball, cut three equally long pieces of string. In a strategically triangular pattern, tie the three pieces of string to the “abstract art” string already in place. Gather the three pieces of string together at the top and tie them into a double-knotted loop.

You can leave various vines hanging and wind others up the suspended strings, or leave them all dangling wild and free. The choice is all yours.

I’m debating between using the hanging jasmine as a sort of natural mobile above the little one’s crib or as a clever distraction device above the changing table… probably leaning toward the latter.

All it should take is a good soak once or twice a week (depending on what plant you use) and a bit of time to dry before hanging it back in place. Thanks to the buds in bloom, the nursery already smells delicious… to me, at least! :)

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Fantastic post! I’ve been dying to make these. Thanks for the inspiration! : )

    February 17, 2014
    • Emily #

      Thanks so much, Karen! So happy that you’re inspired to do it too :D xx

      February 17, 2014
  2. Love it! Jasmine vine, of course, it’s the perfect plant for this… Your baby-girl is already very lucky :) Happy wednesday!

    February 19, 2014
    • Emily #

      Yay! Thanks Laetitia, so glad you approve :D A very happy Wednesday to you too! xx

      February 19, 2014

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