Urban Jungle Bloggers

25 Sep

After a summer hiatus Urban Jungle Bloggers is back online today and I couldn’t be happier.  I love seeing my FB and Pinterest feeds inundated with fresh green-inspired images full of lush plant life.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m not an expert plant keeper.  My heart is in the right place but my mind is, as usual, elsewhere.  I love all the green loveliness that fills the rooms of my home but for some reason I just sometimes forget that they need care and water.  Luckily, I’m not like this with my three kids.

So after a summer of coming and going my poor plants were all looking a little….brown.  And dry.  But I’ve made a promise to myself and the plants to take better care of them.  Play them music.  Dust their leaves.  Oh, and maybe give the a little something to drink more often.  In any case, even after a few days of love they’re already starting to look a lot livelier and happy.

Today’s UJB theme is Back To School: Plants on the Workplace.  I shot a few images of where I’ve been working lately.  Whether it be on the computer writing or editing photos, sewing or crafting with my girls.


I don’t have any succulents or house plants per se where I work but I love having fresh herbs surrounding me.  It’s amazing what a brush of a hand over a rosemary or thyme plant can do to your concentration and energy levels.  The smell is like a jolt of caffeine (for me at least).


I also always make sure to have a fresh mint plant.  Sometimes I throw a few leaves in my teapot or rub them in between my fingers.  The smell of fresh mint is one of my all time favourite scents and, again, so energizing.

IMG_9983And because I’m a colour lover I always include a little vase of fresh flowers.  Usually in my coveted Gokuri Peach Juice can that I got out of a vending machine at a train station in Kyoto, Japan.  Oh and tea.  There’s always tea on my workplace.  As you can see in the photo on this particlur day I was in a detox tea mood (to counteract an overdose of sugar the day before).


When I break out the sewing machine things start to get a little messy and crowded on my workspace.  Which I have to admit I kind of love (except the little pieces of thread that get wedged in my computer keyboard).

Can’t wait to check out the other UJB images for this month.  If you’re interested you can visit their brand new website, their FB page and their Pinterest page.  Many thanks to Judith and Igor for such a cool initiative.



9 Responses to “Urban Jungle Bloggers”

  1. Judith September 26, 2014 at 02:02 #

    Woah, this is so YOU, Jill! Your colors, beautiful pictures, and a creative workplace with souvenirs from your travels. Such a happy place to work! And yummmm mint leaves! I’m going to try to cut off part of my plant outside and see if it will grow in a pot, because I’d love to smell some here behind my desk. Thanks for joining again, Jill!

    • Jillian In Italy October 13, 2014 at 16:08 #

      I sneak fresh mint into everything. I usually have a fresh plant in my kitchen all year round as well. Jx

  2. Igor September 26, 2014 at 09:49 #

    This looks like a wonderful workplace to get inspired and creative. Love the mellow colours and dashes of green – plus that influx of natural light is amazing! Thank you for joining us, Jill!!

  3. rekobo September 26, 2014 at 15:40 #

    That it’s cute this small upcycled mud

  4. Nancy September 30, 2014 at 15:30 #

    Love that you have herbs on your desk! It looks like a wonderful place to work, Jill! Oh, and I love the energizing effect of rosemary, too. When I’m in the office I love to drink rosemary tea. I have the feeling it’s invigorating without making nervous/squirrelly like coffee. Maybe I should bring a mint plant to office, too… 🙂

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Jillian In Italy October 13, 2014 at 16:09 #

      Thanks Nancy! Rosemary tea is so perfect for winter, no? Just warms me up from the inside. Oh I totally get squirrelly from coffee too…

  5. tinabernstein771451669 October 7, 2014 at 00:51 #

    I can smell the mint from here:-)
    Lovely herbs and lovely workspace!

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