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  • HOW TO PLANT A TERRARIUM

    Posted on 07/11/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    Want a terrarium but not sure which plants to choose or how to care for it?  Paul Holt, creative director of award winning North One Garden Centre, gives his master tips for planting and caring for a terrarium. Over to you Paul...

    Miniature gardens encased in glass, terrariums are an elegant way to bring snippets of low-maintenance nature indoors. Assembling a terrarium can take minute, making it the perfect weekend project.

    What to put in your terrarium

    Fill your terrarium with as much or as little as you wish. Choose plants such as succulents, cacti, tropical plants and traditional ferns. Also use moss, gravel or stones. Air plants are the latest fad for indoor gardeners. These charming little plants require no more than a weekly spray of tepid water and a sunny position.
    There are many small and slow growing topical plants available for terrariums, although you might want to plant quicker growing species as you can then change the terrariums more often. Cacti will grow slowly but will require a very light position.

    Perfect plants for your terrarium:

    We sell a wide variety of young, miniature tropical species which include:
    • Small bromeliads such a Catopsis, Neorgelia ‘Fireball’and Vrisea
    • Ferns varieties such as Adiantum, Nephrolepsis and Pteris varieties
    • Tropical foliage plants such as Dizygotheca, Alocasia, Syngonium and Fittonia
    • Minature varieties of Orchids such as Phalenopsis, Tolmina, and Paphiopedilum
    • Certain varieties of Carnivorous plants: Nepenthes will do well in a large closed terrarium but Sarracenia and venus fly traps are better in an open-top terrarium.

    A step-by-step guide to planting  

    1. Start by making sure that your terrarium is clean to allow maximum light to get through to your plants. If you are re-planting a new display, wash out any old soil to stop contamination from fungus and disease.
    2. Now add gravel - a couple of centimetres deep should be enough.
    3. Next add a good quality potting soil. Houseplant compost is ideal for tropical plants or use Cacti compost for succulents and cacti. Air plants need no potting mix at all.
    4. If your terrarium is big enough to allow your hand inside then you can add the compost and plant in the usual way. Remove the plant from its plastic pot and make a hole deep enough to take the whole of the plant’s root ball. Then add compost so that all of the roots are covered with soil. If you can’t get your hand inside then you can make mini terrarium tools by adding small sticks to eating forks to extend the handles. You can then reach inside easily to plant.
    5. Once you have finished planting, lightly water the plants to settle them in.
    6. Finally, wipe off any dirt on the sides of your terrarium.

    Style tips for your terrarium

    When the plants are in, you can then think about a adding some more interest to your miniature garden. You can add moss, fossils, rocks, driftwood, shells, skulls or even little figurines (great for children!). Adding natural items like logs can sometimes encourage fungus so avoid these if you can.
    For a vintage look, position reclaimed items such as old bottles or books next to your terrarium. For something more modern, keep everything clean and simple – less is most definitely more.

    Positioning and looking after your terrarium

    A closed terrarium will recycle its own moisture, so will need only occasional watering. Too much condensation on the glass may mean you need to let the garden dry out a little bit, while no condensation might mean you have to add a little more water.
    If your terrarium is open you will have to water more frequently.  Keep the soil moist, unless you are growing cacti and succulents, which prefer a little drying out between watering. Mist air plants weekly during Spring and Summer, but a little less in colder months.A soak in tepid water once a fortnight for a few hours would also benefit your air plants. Leave to drain before placing back the terrarium.
    Feeding your terrarium is not usually necessary.
    Position your terrarium in a warm and bright position out of directsunlight (unless it contains cacti, succulents or air plants which will tolerate full sun).

    Thanks Paul!

    Take a look at our selection of terrariums here. You can then purchase all you need to plant terrariums at the brilliant North One  and West Six Garden Centres in London. 

     

     


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  • Neon Insect Biology Posters. Circa 1955-62

    Posted on 03/10/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    We have three of these very rare insect biology charts from between 1955 and1962. They were originally made for use in French schools, and are in great condition considering their age. The colour combination of bright popping colours on black is incredible. Sizes: H131 x W99cm. Click on the pictures to see them in store.

     


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  • The Favela Painting Project

    Posted on 02/10/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    The Favela Painting project started in 2005 when dutch artists Haas&Hahn (Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn) had the idea of creating public artworks in favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Not just to beautify, but also to create a dialogue with their surroundings. Now they want to paint an entire favela covering a hillside above the city. They have a kickstarter page and aim to raise $100k to get the project going in 2014. More than just creating the worlds largest artwork, the project will repair and re-plaster buildings, train and engage the community, and ultimately transform one of Rio's poorest neighbourhoods.

    The duo at Santa Marta favela which was painted in 2010 by a team of 25 in just one month. It has rapidly changed from a dangerous area to a popular tourist destination.

    In 2008 the duo teamed with a famous tattooist to make this Japanese inspired design. Sprawling over exposed concrete that protects the hill from landslides, the work took 8 months to achieve.

    Support this amazing project here, and next time you visit Rio de Janeiro you can feel pretty satisfied with yourself as you enjoy the spectacular view. The kickstarter finishes 31st October.


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  • Custom Design Service

    Posted on 13/09/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    Here at A Rum Fellow we love to design, collaborate and create. We offer a custom design service to individuals and interior designer companies seeking unique items with exceptional design, quality and provenance. We source furniture and other items from across Europe, we work with you on a design and colour palette for a bespoke fabric which is then handwoven or hand-embroidered by Peruvian tribal artisans. We can then upholster or sew to transform the fabulous textiles into truly beautiful pieces that will become instant heirlooms.

    Here our weavers are holding a custom design which will be handwoven and then upholstered on a set of 8 dining chairs for an interior design client.

    We work with a cooperative of female artisans who are arguably the best in world at what they do. These women live and breath wool, and are engaged in every process from rearing animals, spinning the wool, naturally dying the yarn, and finally hand weaving the wool. Despite their wonderful talents these rural communities live in poverty, living in challenging environments with limited access to markets. By working directly with the women, by supporting and promoting their incredible work, we can help them lift themselves out of poverty. Putting capital in the hands of these women is an important step towards alleviating their poverty and achieving a quality sustainable livelihood.

    If you are interested in a custom item please contact us at general@arumfellow.com


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  • Take A Seat!

    Posted on 13/09/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    We are very excited to release a new collection of chairs. We have used the finest of Danish mid-century elegance and combined it with a millennia of Quechua tribal weaving heritage. The resulting pieces are truly unique, and are certain to be the talking point of any room. Click the images to see the chairs in-store.


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  • We have Popped-Up in Piccadilly Circus

    Posted on 27/08/2013 by A Rum Fellow

    This week we have a pop-up shop on Piccadilly Circus in central London! We have this amazing space for one week sharing with 9 other fantastic British brands. The pop-up is a showcase for the best of emerging British entrepreneurs. Come and peruse our collections including our cushions, terrariums, N16 ceramics and lots more. The selection in the pop-up spans home decor, fashion, accessories and fine chocolate, making it a must to visit. The store runs until Sunday 1st September, so don't dilly dally, and pop on down!

    The pop-up shop is located at 213 Piccadilly, W1. Opening hours are from 10am - 8pm daily (we're positioned extremely close to the Circus, south side of the road).

     

     


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