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Hope you've been enjoying checking out the new range of planters we launched in our webstore 2 weeks ago!

These are the ones that have been selling quickest so far...

*Top Choice* Freckle Pots - We absolutely agree with you on this one! It's a great looking pot with a beautiful textured finish and its neutral tones pair well with almost all plants. 

Large Painted Cement Pots - We had a feeling these would be popular given their size and the matching trays, which take a bit of the work out of watering.

Terrazzo Cubes - Ditto, the tray is a nice plus to a very funky looking pot.

Capra Designs' Etch Pots - Our premium collection from Capra Designs take pride of place on our website and in our stores. You've been loving these Desert Modernism themed pots.

Baobab Vase - These hand carved wooden vases are a great statement piece and you've been in the mood to make a statement!

Buddu Planter - We've got two different sizes available and they've both been proving popular.

Cape Town Planter - These pedestal planters are big and heavy and a fantastic way to display living room plants. Good choice (clap clap)

Jelly Cup Pots - When you've needed a cute pot for a succulent, these have been the most popular choice.

Industrial Plant Stands - A new stand that's BIG! Big enough to house a big leafy plant at home.

We've also had a terrific response to the launch of our rewards program, with many of you already claiming your first cute planters as a free gift! Now you can earn everytime you shop with us - even more temptation to get some more plants into your home :) Have you signed up and started collecting your seeds yet??

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WELCOME TO OUR NEW LOOK WEBSITE!

WELCOME TO OUR NEW LOOK WEBSITE!

We're thrilled to have now GONE LIVE with our new look website and online store!

We've got more than 50 new planters, stands, hanging pots and accessories for you to browse. They'll also be available in our brick and mortar stores from 2 July.

Take a look around, we've got new features including houseplants maintenance tips and a FREE membership program that will allow you to get exclusive benefits and rewards. See that little green icon on the bottom right of your screen? Click there to register and to reach information on your accrued benefits as you go.

We hope you like the new look and the new collections. Let us know that you think, which products you like and what features are useful. We're here to make great looking plant displays easy for you!

Happy browsing!

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A NEW LOOK IS COMING!

A NEW LOOK IS COMING!


We've been taking time lately to refresh our collections and will be launching our new look website on 1 July!

There'll be new planters, inspiring photos and plants features and rewards available for our customers 😄

Check out the new look site from 1 July!

Your neighbourhood plants store,
Tumbleweed x
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PLANT STYLING TIPS!

PLANT STYLING TIPS!
We were told growing up that it’s not just about what you’ve got, (kick-ass plants and cool planters) it’s what you do with them that counts.

So, in that spirit, we have some plant styling tips to share with you this week!

First of all, take a look at this video piece we did for Singapore Women's Weekly, for something to visualise.

Now, first tip - more is more. When you’re trying to create a lush, dense, plant-filled look in a space, you really need to have A LOT of plants. It may take over a hundred to create the look you see on your favourite plant person’s feed and they’ve probably been gathering them for years. Have patience as you build them up but, if jungle is the look you want, don’t be afraid to bring in more plants than you even thought you had room for. You’ll be surprised how easily the space will absorb them.

Next - create some levels. Try to vary the height of your displays with stands, stools and any other secure, flat-surfaced pieces you have on hand. Your space will look much more interesting when the plants appear at multiple, uneven eye levels.

Also - vary the varieties. Even if you are the world’s biggest Aroid / [insert your favourite plant family] fan, you need variety to create an interesting display or you’ll end up looking like a plant farm! Bring in some ferns, succulent varieties, mosses as well as your favourite leafy plants. Wild is a great look- this year’s winning garden at the recent Chelsea Flower Show is proof of that.

DID YOU KNOW? Tumbleweed provides a home plants styling service, including proposing plants and planters to match your home's light conditions and your styling preferences and installation of your chosen pieces in your home. If you're interested in a one-stop plants service, drop us a line to discuss a consultation. Continue reading

ART, FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT

ART, FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT
* cover image courtesy of the Esplanade

Tumbleweed is all about beautiful interiors incorporating plants and creativity. We love it when we meet people who share that vision like artist, Danielle Tay.

We first got to know Danielle when she designed and painted the mural The Power Plant at our Joo Chiat showroom. Finding out that she is both a plant lover AND a cat lover we had to collaborate with her again, so we asked her to commission some pieces for sale at our stores as an initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of living with plants.

Thankfully, she found some time in her busy schedule for this great cause so we can introduce the following range of 8 paintings that will be on sale from tomorrow exclusively at our stores. Danielle has very kindly made these framed prints available at affordable prices so her message of support for living with plants can reach the maximum audience. 

Each piece contains a handwritten label by Danielle and is part of a limited edition run of 25/50. Prices range from $162-$188 dependent on size. Tumbleweed has agreed to donate its share of sale proceeds to the Garden City Fund, a charity that promotes the protection and enhancement of the natural environment in Singapore. So, all sale proceeds will go directly either to help building a platform for Danielle's art or towards saving and planting more oxygen-giving trees in our city.

Please join us in supporting a talented local Artist and our unique environment by taking home one of these beautiful plants-themed limited edition art prints.


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About Danielle Tay

Danielle is a 28 year old Singaporean who trained in fine art at University College, London. She has exhibited worldwide and is gaining notoriety for her dreamy, fun-filled murals, the latest of which you can see here.

Danielle has been heavily influenced in her art by the environment in Singapore and feels passionately that the balance between urban development and the natural world can be supported by people bringing more greenery into their homes. 

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WOULD YOUR MOTHER APPROVE?

WOULD YOUR MOTHER APPROVE?

Amongst all your habits and predilections, your plant addiction may be the (only) one you don't have to worry about.

Even if she doesn't know a philodendron from a pilea, she's not going to frown over your collection. But just in case she tries, remember:

  1. they purify the air in your home (so they're good for your health)
  2. they soak up CO2 (so they're mitigating climate change) and
  3. they teach you the value of patience and nurture (so they're making you a better person)

So there Mum, it's the best habit you ever had! 

If that still doesn't work, then you'll have to show her. Here are some ways you can get her on board.

    

  ENQUIRE


  Get Directions to our stores at JOO CHIAT or 
  TIONG BAHRU  

   

   CLICK HERE TO BUY

 

And just in time for her special day this Sunday, we have the brand new collection from Capra Designs launching this week for the first time in Singapore!

 

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CERAMICS - A POTTED HISTORY

CERAMICS - A POTTED HISTORY

As we all rightly focus on how to reduce the amount of single-use plastics in our world, more ecologically-friendly alternatives like ceramics are getting more attention.

Here at Tumbleweed, we're as interested in ceramic arts as we are in plants.  We thought it would be fun to drill in to that interest further, so we have a short history lesson for you. Are you paying attention at the back...?

Origins

Ceramics is another English word we have the Ancient Greeks to thank for (κεραμικός). Roughly defined as man-made materials essential to our everyday lives, they include a wide range of products including bricks and glass but are most often understood to mean products made from clay that are fired at high temperatures (which we call pottery) and we've been making them since 25,000 BC according to Archeologist estimates.

This part of ceramic-making has evolved but remained a constant part of human life ever since. 

Earthenware and Terracotta

The earliest pottery made was earthenware. Earthenware (sometimes also referred to as "Terracotta" - literally meaning baked earth in Italian) is characterised by being non-vitreous, ie it absorbs a certain amount of water because the relatively lower heat at which the clay is fired does not allow it to 'fuse' into a state that is impenentrable to water. For that reason, earthenware pots are considered good for planting in because small amounts of water can pass through the pot, serving to enhance evaporation and soil drainage.

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Stoneware

Around 2000 BC, a new form of pottery - stoneware - was developed in the area that is modern day Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern India, by firing a particular type of clay at higher temperatures, which resulted in a harder, more vitreous material. Stoneware was also developed in China and became widespread there from the start of the first millennium AD. It was about 1000 years later when it came to Europe and was in widespread production and use there from the 1600s.

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Porcelain

The third main category of pottery, porcelain, was developed in China in the period 0-800 AD by firing a particular type of clay, Kaolin, at very high temperatures which results in a harder, completely impermeable white material that is easy to sculpt and paint. It therefore became the preferred type of pottery for decorative pots, vases and plates and became one of China's most important exports.

First in other parts of Asia and northern Africa and then in Europe, painted porcelain became a highly sought after product and reached its high point during the 17th and 18th centuries, when many European porcelain companies were created to import or make their own "China", the word that was generically used to describe China's impressive porcelain products.

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Pottery as a handicraft

Over time almost all of the inhabited regions of the world developed their own ceramic pottery-making traditions and styles and pottery-making became not just a means of producing everyday utility vessels but also a means of expressing creativity and an art-form.

Earthenware products, such as your standard terracotta plant pot, stoneware, like the venerated Japanese raku-ware tableware and fine porcelain products are all still made all over the world in an astonishing array of styles reflecting the environment and traditions of the people who make them and giving pleasure to people like us, who love to discover them.

Inspiring ceramicists

We hope this first endeavour into a more detailed blog piece inspires some of you who may be budding potters, ceramic collectors or plant-lovers with style to replace the plastic in your life with some pottery.  If you have comments to share, we welcome them, please drop us an email. 
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GROW YOUR HOUSEPLANT KNOWLEDGE

GROW YOUR HOUSEPLANT KNOWLEDGE

It's become clear to us that Singapore is a nation of budding houseplant enthusiasts!

We're seeing more and more of you come to ask for tips and guidance to help you grow your plant collections.

And we absolutely want you all to become proficient houseplant carers. So we're delighted to have been given the opportunity recently to contribute to some knowledge development pieces for the media.

Check them out below. They might just help you keep your favourites looking great.  Happy viewing!

1. Essential Tips to Keep Houseplants Alive and Nail that #Jungalow Look article by 8 Days

2. How to Re-pot a Plant video by Singapore Women's Weekly

3. Get Inspired by the Houseplant Lovers of Singapore, a wholly Tumbleweed video production :)

 

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THE BOUTIQUE FAIR

THE BOUTIQUE FAIR

We hope you've been enjoying visiting the new Tiong Bahru store? We've had a fantastic, warm welcome to the neighbourhood, which makes us feel like we belong :)

If you have visited and liked it, pretty please can you give us a google review to help us get accepted in our new 'hood? We read them and we do care what you all think.

Next up for us is the Boutique Fair. This edition will be running 29-31 March at the F1 Pit Building. As usual we'll have a booth in the Boutiques Social area, on the 3rd floor near the dining space. 

We have a brand new range of ugly-cute planters we'll be launching at the Fair and many, many beautiful plants, ready to take home and make you smile.

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HELLO TIONG BAHRU!

HELLO TIONG BAHRU!

Today we formally announce the launch of our second store in the beautiful Tiong Bahru neighbourhood. 

We've made final tweaks to the display, filled up the shelves with the plant varieties you like and our best looking planters and the repotting table is clear for action. In short, we're ready to help Tiong Bahru do plants with style!

Thank you so much to all of you who came to visit us this weekend, during our soft launch. We hope you like the shop and will be back to see us soon.

We knew we had picked the right location for good looking stuff when we spotted Henry Golding over breakfast in TB Bakery. Henry, if you read this (which is admittedly an unlikelihood), sorry for disturbing your breakfast - we'd love to help you choose a nice plant for your place next time you're in town!

Address:
55 Tiong Bahru Road,
#01-02, 160055
(next to Chapter 55 on the corner of Tiong Poh Rd)

Hours:
11am-8pm Tuesday - Friday  
10am-7pm Saturday and Sunday
Closed Mondays

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