So I did a kokedama drop* at the beautiful Honest Skincare last week. They are now suspended amongst the perfectly curated artefacts, deliciously scented candles and heavenly lotions and potions, and dare I say it, do not look out of place. I still can't quite believe that this fair city has a store so lovely - two in fact. But it does. I won't witter on about it but if you haven't been go - and if you have, go again.
Kokedama is an ancient Japanese form of bonsai - in modern times these small plants with their root balls suspended in a special clay based soil (akadama) and sphagnum moss add an modern twist to a room and make up beautiful string gardens in the nooks of Japanese homes. Couple their beautiful aesthetic with the air filtering / cleansing and reoxygenating properties of house plants it all a win win. I've got ivy hanging all over the place to soak up the chemicals of modern life, formaldehyde et al. There is a peace lily in the bathrooms and ferns too to dehumidify and freshen the air. House plants add colour, texture and depth to interiors and are vital for a healthy home.
I stumbled across kokedama a few years ago, and instantly fell in love with them. According to Stylist magazine they are on their hit list of whats hip this week. Saying that, whatever the Stylist magazine says, I'm feeling that Birmingham may not be quite ready for kokedama. Birmingham, the city of a thousand champagne bars - perceptions is that we seem to love nothing more than a high stool and some fizz, be it on a shopping mall concourse or the airport departures lounge. Anyway, I've digressed, kokedama are great, I make them, sell them and can make them to order. I can also teach you how. I'm sure Birmingham will see the light soon....
(controversial use of the word drop there....)