I'm becoming a Plant Lady
It seems every time I'm out and about I come home with a new plant or seed to add to my growing collection of greens. I am certifiably becoming a plant lady and I'm not even sad about it. In fact, I'm pretty sure I'm going to add more! My latest finds came from Trader Joe's & I'm hoping they thrive in their new environments.
So how can you add more greens to your home? First, start gathering containers. Very few of these containers are made specificilaly to hold plants, but if I like them & think they'll work, they make the cut. That striped bowl up there was actually a wedding gift from long ago that never made the cut on the buffet line, but I found I love it housing a artificial plant. It adds a bright pop anyway it finds a home. The ranculas are in a pink jar I found in the Target dollar section...it has a cute gold handle to it as well. The others are all pieces I collected over the years.
When it comes to the actual plants, I've had the most success with succulents -- they seem to do well in our long, dry summers & I've managed to keep that big 'elephant ear' alive for over 2 years! A major win in my book. It really thrives in the shade & can go a week without water & bounce right back. This past month I planted a few flower seeds in some outside pots & those are springing up as well. My 5-year-old loves to help plant, water & watch these ones grow. I'm hoping for the same success with my basil seeds. I was thinking I was going to have it grow right on my kitchen counter in that cute gold container...until I had them planted & then looked at the sun requiements. Oops. It's now sitting on my outside table since it needs so much sun. I'm still learning over here.
My favorite greens probably come from garden clippings. Whether bougainvillea or roses or other greenery, I love clipping a few things & making a quick arrangement to bringten up the table. It always seems to be a good break for me to get outside & work with my hands.
Next step will be adding some more significant greens. I've looked at beloved fiddle fig trees & always shied away knowing I'd be so sad if I couldn't keep it alive and thriving. But I think my confidence may be ready to take it on. I'll keep you posted as my collection grows.
Hi, I'm Amy. When I'm not scouring the valley for the perfect new house, you can usually find me in the kitchen with a gaggle of kids. Chips, salsa and a Diet Coke are usually in hand.