Autumn is here. For peony, tulips and sunflowers, we’ll have to wait until the next summer comes. Actually, every season of the year has its own charms and differences which we love equally (well, to be honest, maybe I like the month of December a bit more, because I’m already pondering about Christmas decorations, but that’s a story for itself). When it comes to apartment decorating, I follow the rule that couple of vases must display seasonal flowers, and since the winter is closing by, I have been looking for some time to obtain an eucalyptus plant. This is its time, and I was very pleased when I found it last week, where else than at Dolac market, bought from a sweet old lady. For 40 kuna ( approximately 5€) I got a huge bouquet of it. I would say that it was a good deal, since I managed to create several decorative pieces from that bouquet. All it took to create those decorations is one afternoon and two cups of coffee. We have stepped into autumn, a season filled with the warm scent of favorite tea, cinnamon, pumpkins and chestnuts. A season of wrapping yourself in a warm and soft blanket while watching movies and TV shows. Autumn rains have already extended their greetings upon us, and in the absence of the flowers that we could found in the gardens or on the meadows, I was swayed by a gorgeous eucalyptus scent that has spread all around my living space. The smell of it is actually very decent and refreshing. When handling the eucalyptus it leaves on your hands refreshing, to describe it better, a silky – mentholic smell. Eucalyptus is one of the rare plants after which the water in the vase does not get an unpleasant odor. And it is so sturdy for shaping that you can fold it several times, turn it, move the leaflets and there will not be falling off or any other signs of damages to the plant. That is really a grateful property of that plant, especially for me – amateur florist who enjoys constantly changing its flower setting, matching my ever changing home decoration. That is valid for this type of eucalyptus that I bought, since I know that there are also others varieties of eucalyptus, with a different looking leafs.
When doing a little research about the eucalyptus, I have come across several interesting facts that will tell you that this is a beautiful and interesting tree, offering more than just aesthetics in terms of decorative look. The word eucalyptus means ‘the one who protects it’ . As I said, eucalyptus leaves have a very pleasant aroma, but besides that, they have antibacterial and antiviral properties and are used in the treatment of respiratory diseases in the form of syrups, tablets, inhalations, healing balms and perhaps the most famous – essential oil that cleans the air and facilitates breathing. Just typing the word eucalyptus in the Google search bar, you will most likely get results related to essential oils. Even in dried leaves of the plant there is up to three percent of that essential oil. And with all those health benefits, eucalyptus also contains, just like lavander plant, ingredients that repel mosquitoes.
The eucalyptus tree is a great way to purify the air, thus the environment of such forests is a very healthy area. Beautiful specimens of trees can be found on Losinj Island, which makes sense since the island is know as an asthma treatment place. As a child I spent a few summers there, for the above stated reasons, and I must admit that the smells and air of those forests are indescribable. Several more interesting details revealed to me by Wikipedia are that the eucalyptus is grown in many climate warm countries because it absorbs water from the soil (some species up to 500 liters of water per day). People actually plant eucalyptus in wetlands areas for dewatering purposes. What is most surprising about eucalyptus, besides the water absorbing power – it also apsorbes the sound. Two people on two different sides of the tree can not hear one another in a distance of ten meters. Incredible, is it not?
When it come to me I have to praise aesthetic part of eucalyptus. I think that the eucalyptus could be easily the plant most pleasing to me, in comparison to all the plants that have dwelled in vases of my living space. His only drawback is that it can be hard to find, eucalyptus is not the everyday plant you will encounter on our markets.
Perhaps if you are interested in eucalyptus, I believe it can be ordered with your nearby florist, so it is worth trying. Eucalyptus could be described as simplicity and splendor in one. If you have no idea how to decorate the wall above the bed frame, and you would like to be as simple and soothing as it can be, eucalyptus is your plant of choice.
Apart from being aesthetically simple and beautiful, as I already wrote, it has a fine refreshing and decent scent that will spread to your bedroom or your kids room. It is also wonderful for minimalistic weddings, door wreath, wall decoration etc.
One more thing that is remarkable about eucalyptus, that plant in its simplicity, gives beautiful rustical touch to the table decoration, outdoor weddings or any other celebration. You just can’t go wrong if use eucalyptus for decorative additional to the table cutlery, as a part of Christmas gift wrapping or just put in a simple vase. You will get that fresh and natural feeling when surrounded with eucalyptus.
So, to conclude with those famous words – winter is coming, and you better make a quick stop to your favorite florist or marketplace and treat yourself with a nice bouquet of eucalyptus.
My afternoon was spent it in creating simple minimalistic wreath, that will probably find its place in the room of my little girls.
Simplicity before all. More is less, right? If you want more ideas, here is couple of my favorits from Pinterest:
And to conclude, here is couple of Instagram profils that spread love, inspiration and creativity on a daily basis.