My proposition for a narrow garden

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I created a few zones in the garden.

The first zone is situated in front of the house, and I suggest some junipers (Juniperus squamata) along with roses (Rosa sp.) to grow there.

The following zones are located behind the house. They are separated from each other by a winding path (gravel or stone), which will visually widen a narrow space of the garden. The path will be broken in two points so it is possible to walk from one zone to another. The distinction of the zones will make the garden space more attractive.

The recreational zone is situated near the terrace, and here the landlords together with their family and friends can spend their time meeting, eating, drinking, etc. Apart from a couple of furniture elements (eg. chairs, armchairs, table) you can arrange here a few big pots with Astilbe sp. (eg. Astilbe arendsii) and Echinacea sp. Near the tterrace, on a lawn, there is a place for a small paddling pool, for a summertime.

Another two zones are for relaxation purposes.

I suggest to plant some species along the path to colour it a bit – eg. 60-100 cm high grasses (Fescue Festuca cinerea, panic grass Panicum virgatum), Japanese spirea (Spiraea japonica) shrubs and a few perennial species – eg. peach-leaved bellflower (Campanula persicifolia) or triangle pink (Dianthus deltoides).

The shrubs growing at the end of the garden (the same species as in the front zone – junipers and roses) are an extension of the path. The shrubs refer to the plants growing in front of the house and  compose a nice closing of the relaxation zone.

The plant species chosen for this garden create a mild, green and violet colour compositions, without excess of hues (we have to be very careful while picking colours for such a small space).

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Denim, necklace and squirrels

I live near a park, where you can find many squirrels. I guess people always liked feeding them, but now I see it has become even more popular than ever, that’s why these little rodents are so tamed. They themselves run to the people walking in the park, demand nuts and they are not afraid of anything, even big dogs. Watching the squirrels running here and there, so fast and agile, is very gripping and interesting, people have a lot of fun, but – as in any other situation, you musn’t overdo here. It turns out that too well nourished ginger creatures have too much energy to spend – and they nose about birds’ nests taking their eggs. On my walk I gave two very vigorous squirrels a couple of walnuts and that’s it. They are perfectly able to survive autumn and winter without our help.

As for my outfit, I present a denim combination number two, as I’m truly fond of denim. I set a shirt and a skirt with a fur vest and a cap (both elements from the last season) and a black jacket (which I found really irreplaceable while I stayed in Copenhagen during autumn and winter two years ago and had to go to the university, shop..literally everywhere by bike every day :)). In this outfit thick, white gloves and gaiters are important too, as in my opinion they are perfect for the autumn and winter – not only warming you up, but also looking great. I added here a very original necklace and a wine scarf.

Have a nice Sunday 🙂

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Jacket, scarf and tights – Tchibo,
Vest, skirt and gaiters- Bershka,
Shirt- Stradivardius,
Boots and necklace – Promod,
Cap – Kapp Ahl.
The necklace:
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Ecological housing developement – project for “Spatial Inspirations” competition

A year ago I and my friend took part in “Spatial Inspirations” (“Inspiracje w Przestrzeni”) competition, organized by Polish magazine “Urban Greenery” (“Zieleń miejska”). Participants had to present their proposal for ecological housing developement and were free to choose the plot. See the description, masterplan and visualisations of our project below. I will be grateful for your comments – what you like and don’t like about our ideas, anything that comes to your head after reading and seeing it 🙂

The chosen site

For this work we chose a fragment of the Różanka housing developement in the north of Wrocław, Poland. The area is surrounded by six residential buildings (16 and 30 ms high) and at present is an empty, boring place, without any coherency. Most of its surface is covered with neglected grass. There is an artificial hill and some trees (most of all poplars and birches) in this setting.

Our proposals for ecological solutions

1. Stormwater management

Three dry bed streams collect water from one of the buildings’ gutters and lead it to some temporary water reservoirs. There grow water plants (eg. Typha latifolia, Phragmites communis, Sagittaria sagittifolia, Juncus sp., Carex sp., Acorus calamus, Iris pseudoacorus, Sparganium sp., Equisetum fluviatile) at the sides of the reservoirs, simoultaneously purifying their water.

2. Temperature reduction

The setting is exposed to the strong sun operation throughout the most of the day, and the temperature during summer reaches very high levels, therefore an attempt to reduce it is a need. Introduction of water elements and more greenery (trees, shrubs, grasses and creepers growing on the buildings elevation) could chill the air and change microclimate of this place to far more comfortable.

3. Biodiversity increase

We decided to increase the number of plant species by creating different habitats – water and meadow zones. You can find examples of plants suitable for water habitats above; for a meadow we suggest: Centaurea jacea, Cerastium holosteoides, Euphrasia rostkoviana, Plantago sp., Prunella sp., Achillea sp., Trifolium sp., Cirsium sp., Vicia sp., Phleum pratense, Poa sp., Festuca pratensis, Hypericum sp., Geranium sp., etc.

These new habitats will prove attractive for several animal species as well.

4. Ecological choice in illummination and small architecture objects

We chose LED Generation luminaires, because they allow ecological light emission.

The small architecture objects that we suggest in the project (benches, seats, dustbins) are made of natural materials (like wood).

Surfaces proposed by us (paths, recreational zone and relaxation zone surfaces) are water permeable. We decided only to leave asphalt surface on the street leading along the buildings, where residents drive and park.

Conception charasteristic – the shape

The shape of the conception, with its geometrical elements, refers to the way the buildings are arranged. The geometry is broken by the circular lines of the paths and dry stream beds, together with the greenery scheme.

Zones

The site was designed for residents of the surrounding buildings – children, young people, adults and the elderly. Because of a very diverse group of users, we proposed several zones offering varied possibilities for spending time outdoors.

1. Playscapes

This zone is covered with water permeable, ecological surface. Besides made of natural materials devices for children to play and develop their fitness, benches for parents and grandparents, you can find water reservoirs here, so the kids may have the possibility to learn to know, love and respect nature.

Playscapes are isolated from other zones and from the street with abundant greenery (shrubs and tufty grasses, like Physocarpus opulifolius, Spiraea sp., Sorbaria sorbifolia, Cornus alba, Symphoricarpos albus, Pyracantha coccinea, Miscanthus sp.).

2. Recreational zone

It is also covered with ecological, water permeable surface. There is an outdoor gym with equipment for training located in this zone.

3. Relaxation zone

This zone consists of benches and seats situated in the shadow under the crowns of the bigger trees and in niches among the shrubs. We used some elements of soundscapes to make this place more comfortable and pleasant for the people spending their time there – the sounds of water in reservoirs and rustle of wind in Miscanthus grasses will let them relax well for sure.

The criteria for choosing plant species for the area is first of all resistance to tough urban conditions (air pollution, drought) and photophilia.

             MASTERPLAN

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             VISUALISATIONS (the whole area, playscapes, relaxation zone and recreational zone)

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              A MODEL WE PREPARED FOR VISUALISATION

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Floss-bracelets

I sygnalized in my previous posts that I make floss-bracelets. They stand original accesories and look great individually as well as set with other jewellery. I really enjoy making them; this activity is, next to watering big amounts of trees and shrubs in the garden ;), one of the most relaxing I know. The best part is that each one of those bracelets can be unique, because there are so many possibilities in choosing patterns and colours.

Today I’m showing you some of the bracelets I made recently. If you like any of them, I shall be delighted 😀

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I will upload pictures of the other floss-bracelets patterns very soon. I say ‘good night’ to you now, as it is 11.30 pm here in Poland 🙂