Urban Jungle Bloggers: Green Balcony With Herbs

herbs and plants on the balcony

It’s time for another Urban Jungle Bloggers post and I’m very happy to be joining once again. This month’s theme is: ‘Show your green balcony or window sill’.

We have a little balcony with a few different plants and herbs growing in pots on it.

I particularly love growing herbs because as well as making attractive plants, they also have so many other uses. Some can be added to your cooking or chopped raw into salads. While the leaves from others can be infused to make delicious herbal teas. And of course, they have such beautiful aromas.

It’s lovely to sit out on the balcony when the weather is warm. Especially on sultry summer evenings to read or do some writing. Up until this year, though, I never really had a nice place to sit. We just used plastic chairs.

Then one day in late autumn Samuel came home with a surprise – a belated wedding anniversary gift. It was a bench for the balcony!

bench by Samuel Ansbacher with plants

It’s a very special bench because he handmade it. And it is completely made out of recycled materials. The solid wood slats for the seat came from wooden garden decking offcuts that someone had thrown out. And the steel frame, from an old industrial air conditioning unit support bracket, which he reconfigured and welded.

We kept it indoors over the winter. But now that spring is here we can finally enjoy the bench.

Bench with herbs from Mocha

Not only is it a lovely place to sit , but it’s also a great place to display plants.

Peppermint plant from Mocha

So far, I’ve added three plants. A peppermint with deep green leaves which can be used to make a refreshing tea.

Lavender from Mocha

A lavender with intricate little purple flowers. Aren’t they beautiful?

Greek Basil Bush

The third one is this lovely basil which I got recently. Basil usually has big flat leaves. But this one has smaller ones and looks like a mini bush. I really like the shape of it. I discovered it’s called Greek Bush Basil. (But interestingly, despite its name it is thought to have originated from Chile.)

herbs on bench by samuel ansbacher

All of them give off a gorgeous scent. Which makes it a beautiful place to sit and work or relax.

I hope you have enjoyed this month’s post. Do you have any plants growing on your window sill, balcony or garden?

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series initiated by two bloggers: Igor of Happy Interior Blog and Judith of JOELIX.com. Every month a group of bloggers join up and share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs, green tips and tricks. For even more inspiration, you can visit the Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest or Facebook Page.


Giveaway: Cérémonie Tea Selection

Ceremonie Tea Giveaway from Mocha

Cérémonie Tea Blends and Herbal Infusions are a new luxury tea experience.

These all natural full-leaf teas come packaged in signature Mini Cubes. All individually wrapped to retain freshness and flavour. And inside each beautifully crafted package is an exquisite mesh tea bag that is bursting with the bold taste of whole leaf tea, fine herbs and spices.

This Cérémonie Tea Selection contains five different blends and herbal teas:

  • Moroccan Mint – Chinese gunpowder tea blended with refreshing spearmint from the mountains of Morocco.
  • Wild Berry – A caffeine free cooling blend with sweet and sour traits that can be enjoyed hot or cold.
  • Earl Grey – A harmonious blend of premium black teas with Italian Bergamot essence.
  • Sencha Green Tea – Powerfully invigorating, perfect for welcoming the day. This whole leaf tea has lush character, with a delicate and sweet aroma and a translucent green hue.
  • Indian Chai – Assam tea and spices including cinnamon, ginger, cloves and cardamom. Perfect for making a delectable chai latte!

We’ve got three sets to give away. Would you like to try and win one?

Entering is very easy. All you need to do is complete the entry form below. In addition, there are bonus entries when you like us on Facebook, pin this Giveway onto Pinterest, or Tweet it on Twitter.

Two winners will be chosen at random on Wednesday 30 April 2014 (after 10.00pm UK time)

Good luck!

PS: As always, this competition is open to international readers too :-)


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