Pins Of The Week: Plant Life

Monday, October 1, 2012









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Hope everybody had a great weekend! This weekend for me was spent doing lots of work and tending to yet another cold in our house.  M+L lounged around and watched some movies (the only time they will sit still for a movie is when they are sick). In between working and snuggles I found a fantastic pin board by BastisRIKE which has completely inspired me to get some house plants. It's something I have been thinking about for awhile especially knowing tending to my garden is coming to and end. M+L really love helping with watering plants and watching them grow. I think it's such a great project for kids to take on. It's also a good thing for me as a mom to take the time with such a peaceful activity and to let them learn by their own actions of helping. I haven't had a single traditional house plant since my last one died which was one I got from my grandmother after she passed away. I really wanted to keep it alive, but I didn't. After that I decided maybe I am just completely inept at house plant care and thus shouldn't torture another one. Though I did recently do a succulent terrarium which is still doing really great and I think I am ready to add a little more plant life to my house. It's also a great way to purify the air and after the second cold in three weeks, I am thinking it might not be a bad idea.

Do you have any suggestions on plants that might also be easy to care for or any great links on house plant care? Do you have any favorites?


15 comments:

  1. I love all these examples of plant life indoors! I love the photo of the succulents, and then I saw the monstera deliciosa, then I saw the glass cloches! They just kept getting better!

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    1. thanks! i will have to look up exactly which plants those are in a min ;)

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  2. Succulents are supposed to be quite hardy (and I really like the image above with the jars and cans). I have a couple of orchids and the fact that they have survived tells me these are not as delicate as everyone thinks. Hope everyone feels better soon!

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  3. I am absolutely awful with plants (my husband always jokes that I grow sticks rather than plants) but I bought a cactus in the beginning of the year and some succulents that seem to be thriving! Here’s hoping everyone is now on the mend in your house!

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    1. ha! i grow sticks too. i actually love cacti, i'd like get a couple of those too. er, but i just need to not get ahead of myself here!

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  4. Dear Christine,
    I really enjoyed your post today .
    Of course, if one is committed and has not the "green inch"(as italian people say here) there can be anything!. So a good advice: do not feel guilty if you can buy season plants, so if they die will never be your fault!. Some Mediterranean herbs do not last forever, like the Basil may have also Rosemary, Sage and Thyme are useful in the kitchen and they only must to be watered!.
    I am a lover of orchids, when I first started four years ago did not understand anything, but two years ago they bloomed! I was so happy, finally a success!. Sometimes I speak to them!
    The photos you've posted are very nice, but the second is totally my style and when I see it, I discover that is a house in Barcelona (Spain), my birth town! Sometimes certain things are perceived, do not you think??
    Bacio,Eva

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    1. i have lots of herbs outside and they do almost too well! i love using them and i have thought about trying for an indoor herb garden too. those are good suggestions for hearty herbs. thank you eva! xo

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  5. Christine, I wish I had some house plant ideas for you. I can't even take care of a succulent properly! Best of luck finding some

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    1. we are in the same boat it seems. i can care for plants outside but cannot seem to do it once we are indoors!

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  6. Also I don't really have good ideas for the plants (I only have one plant (see below) at home and the rest are in the garden), but if you look for something interesting and beautiful, try Calamondin tree. They grow in pots and aren't very tall, about 30cm or so and flower several times a year. When the flowers open, they fill the room with the most gorgeous fragrance of neroli and then most flowers turn into tiny oranges that look very pretty and make you smile. This is the plant I have and I found that it grows happily as long as it gets enough light and not too much water (only water it every 10-14 days or so with a little bit of plant food) Mine likes it best when it lives in a bathroom - the window provides enough light but it's a frosted glass, so it's never too bright or harsh (the plant hates harsh light and radiators).

    Thank you for the photos - the 3rd one took me back to the 1980s - my mum used to make those hanging macrame baskets for our flat. :) And I also adore the idea on the 7th photo - so brilliant.

    xxx

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    1. oh my goodness that tree sounds wonderful. i love fragrant flowers, plants, trees . . . i am definitely going to go try to find one of those! we had macrame plant holders as well (in the 80's of course). we had so many of them!! (my mom also had hanging baskets on the wall, it took me a long time to like baskets again)! that one in the photo is so pretty it almost makes me want one : )

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  7. I'm curious to see what suggestions you get as well, as I have the opposite of a green thumb (a black thumb?) and our house gets absolutely no natural light to keep anything alive. Succulents scare me for some reason, but I do love the idea of having an air plant situation.

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    1. air plants completely confuse me! for some reason i have the same reaction to air plants as i do when i start thinking about space for too long or the ocean. maybe it's just my fear that i would kill something that needs absolutely nothing from you. maybe i just need to face my fears and get an air plant.

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  8. Sorry to hear about the sick children. Hopefully they're getting better.

    I think I have a bit of a love-hate relationship going on with houseplants. Currently, I don't have any but I have bought a few gardenias during my lifetime but somehow they never last, that is, they stop blooming. I tend to go with fresh flowers instead, but maybe one day I'll master this art ;-)

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    1. i am sure as soon as i get a couple i will also have a love-hate relationship with them! i think that's my problem whenever i have a blooming plant it stops blooming and then i write it off - then it dies.

      i loooove fresh flowers but we don't have year-round markets here, so the flowers from the store only last a few days, it get's expensive! i was hoping have a couple pretty houseplants would keep me from buying fresh flowers so often.

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