#6 Exotique eroticInterview

Marvellous
 urban greenery

Haarkon, a beautiful photographic Greenery journal, is a wonderful green world full of beautiful abundant plants and leafs found and revieled in whatever places India and Magnus come along their way. They share their soft spot for plants and greenery in urban spaces combined with an endless love for plants, that’s dripping from every pore. Let yourself be swept away by their enchanting Greenhouse tour of the world_______.

When did you last buy someone plants?

Magnus: “The last time we gave a plant to somebody, in this case a small collection, was to India’s cousin Roanna. Our home had gotten to a point where some may say we had a few too many plants and we needed to let some go. She had just moved into a new house and we knew she wanted to green it up a little and so we put together a small cardboard box full of greenery for her to look after and enjoy. We like sharing greenery not just through the internet but in real life too, we often find excuses to give friends the odd plant to brighten up their space.”

When did you last buy someone plants?

Magnus: “The last time we gave a plant to somebody, in this case a small collection, was to India’s cousin Roanna. Our home had gotten to a point where some may say we had a few too many plants and we needed to let some go. She had just moved into a new house and we knew she wanted to green it up a little and so we put together a small cardboard box full of greenery for her to look after and enjoy. We like sharing greenery not just through the internet but in real life too, we often find excuses to give friends the odd plant to brighten up their space.”

When I see a greenhouse I want to...

Magnus :”Go inside and check it out. It’s only in the last few years we have become obsessed with greenhouses, we will happily travel for hours just to visit and explore a new one or revisit our favourites. Being inside a greenhouse, big or small, brings on a feeling of being somewhere exotic and relaxing.”

‘BEING INSIDE A GREENHOUSE, BIG OR SMALL, BRINGS ON A FEELING OF BEING SOMEWHERE EXOTIC AND RELAXING_______.’

When I see a greenhouse I want to...

Magnus :”Go inside and check it out. It’s only in the last few years we have become obsessed with greenhouses, we will happily travel for hours just to visit and explore a new one or revisit our favourites. Being inside a greenhouse, big or small, brings on a feeling of being somewhere exotic and relaxing.”

What’s your best trick to keep your plants fresh and green?

Magnus :”Plant expert I am not, however the best piece of advice I can offer is just to check them often and they’ll tell you what they need. If the soil’s dry, it needs some water. If it looks a little sad, move it to a place with more/less light and see how it gets on. At the end of the day the internet is your friend and Google has the answer to everything plant related. You will, in time, get a feeling for the plants you own and will be able to offer advice to others. Of course, all plants and environments are unique and so there isn’t a ‘fix-all’ answer, most of it is trial and error but the key is to respond and react to what they tell you.”

What’s the most inspiring, shocking or unexpected piece of plant art or installation that you’ve ever seen?

Magnus :”The most inspiring plant installation I have seen is the architect Asif Khan’s “Forests” installation for the 2016 London Design Festival. Asif worked with one of our favorite horticulturalists, Jin Ahn from Conservatory Archives (Hackney Road, London), to build three temporary structures filled with plants each with a different purpose; Connect - a corridor like space to encourage people to meet and interact, Create - a space to work and spark creativity, and Relax - elevated from the round and you need to climb in to get away from the street. The feeling of being inside a space specifically built with plants in mind felt so calming and inspiring.”

Which IG’ers inspire you in a plant-ish way?

Magnus :”When we first started our Haarkon Instagram account we came across Janneke Luursema. Her instagram inspired us to keep sharing pictures of our plants and we love the way she captures the light around her home. We have both grown on Instgram together and it feels like we have started an Instagram plant community together without physically meeting. Instagram has brought us closer to people we would have otherwise never met. Also, we can’t forget our followers on Instagram, they encourage us to keep sharing our green infused lifestyle and for that we are very grateful. We talk to people all over the world thanks to our Instagram account and that’s pretty incredible.”

Which IG’ers inspire you in a plant-ish way?

Magnus :”When we first started our Haarkon Instagram account we came across Janneke Luursema. Her instagram inspired us to keep sharing pictures of our plants and we love the way she captures the light around her home. We have both grown on Instgram together and it feels like we have started an Instagram plant community together without physically meeting. Instagram has brought us closer to people we would have otherwise never met. Also, we can’t forget our followers on Instagram, they encourage us to keep sharing our green infused lifestyle and for that we are very grateful. We talk to people all over the world thanks to our Instagram account and that’s pretty incredible.”

Without plants my home feels...

Magnus :”EMPTY. We only seem to decorate our home with plants, we like to keep it simple and don’t like things to be too busy and cluttered. Plants enable us to decorate our home in a way which, to us, feels slightly Japanese - many may say it's far from anything like a traditional home in Japan but we feel that the space we have created with minimal furniture and plants represents us and connects us to nature.”

Without plants, life would be....

Magnus :”None of us would be here for a start - But seriously, plants not only bring joy and happiness to those who have everything but provide a life for those that have nothing. I’ve not really thought about plants in this way before but it makes me understand the attraction we have to them and how they give us a sense of security and wellbeing by decorating our home with them.”

Without plants my home feels...

Magnus :”EMPTY. We only seem to decorate our home with plants, we like to keep it simple and don’t like things to be too busy and cluttered. Plants enable us to decorate our home in a way which, to us, feels slightly Japanese - many may say it's far from anything like a traditional home in Japan but we feel that the space we have created with minimal furniture and plants represents us and connects us to nature.”

Without plants, life would be....

Magnus :”None of us would be here for a start - But seriously, plants not only bring joy and happiness to those who have everything but provide a life for those that have nothing. I’ve not really thought about plants in this way before but it makes me understand the attraction we have to them and how they give us a sense of security and wellbeing by decorating our home with them.”

What’s an inspiring way to wrap your plants?

Magnus :”In our home we like to pot our plants in ceramics, we have a mixture of mass produced and hand thrown pots. When you have as many plants as we do you need a good source of pots as repotting occurs every few months as they grow. We have quite a few friends who are potters and they have thrown some beautiful items for us, from small ones to experimentally large ones. We’re always on the lookout for more pots and we’ve a pretty good store in the cupboard ‘just in case’.”

What other way do you use plants?

Magnus :”We use plant cuttings in our bathroom, it’s the only room in our house without a window so we can’t keep any of our live plants in there. Every couple of weeks India forages some greenery from around the house and garden to create a bathroom display. It brings greenery into a place where we would otherwise not be able to have plants. In an ideal window filled world we’d like to create a tropical jungle in the bathroom, but for now this is the closest we’re going to get.”

What’s your favorite bedroom plant?

Magnus :”The plant we’ve had in our bedroom for the past few years is a palm, it sits in the corner and doesn't need much attention. We’ve tied it at the base of the plant so it doesn't reach out too far and gives it more height. It seems to clean the air pretty well and our bedroom always smells fresh and clean. Without it our bedroom would feel empty.”

Do you grow your own plants?

Magnus :”We don’t grow much at home, however the most impressive plant we’ve grown at home (well propagated) is a variegated monstera. We were given a cutting from a friend as we couldn’t manage the whole plant on the train. When we got it home we placed the stem in water for what seemed like years, I think it was about 6 weeks, until it finally shot out a root. We then settled it in some soil in a pot on the living room floor, another 7 weeks passed bringing us up to last week and it finally showed us a new leaf! I think it might be a while before we have a tree like structure but we’re getting there slowly but surely and it feels great to know we did it ourselves with lots of patience_______.”

Our favorite plants right now:

Ferns, Monstera, Pilea peperomioides, Avocado Plant, Mother of Thousands.

Photography
Haarkon, India Hobson

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

A selection from Haarkon’s timeline, @haarkon