Skip to main content

16 in 2016: More Plants!

 snapped out front of Rook & Rose, in Victoria

Early every year I love to make a goal list that I can slowly work through as opportunities present themselves. Sometimes they're big, sometimes small, and this one was home-centered: get more greenery in for our small basement suite. My sister-in-law does plants so well, and that has inspired me to get a few more plants to spruce up the place {see what I did there?}.  Stefan has liked this goal because he would have a house full of green if our budget allowed it!

 My ZZ plant and broad leaf succulent from R&R

When I went to Victoria with my friend Emily, we found this beautiful plant boutique (is that even a thing?!) and I bought two beautiful plants that were extremely well priced, and had a healthy gloss to them. The two plants above are from Rook & Rose, and if you're ever in Victoria and you have plant goals, go see them. They had an air plant that was nearly $100 (it was huge, most are quite small) and it was over 62 years old! I could have easily spent a chunk of my cash in that store, but had to make it out with just one bag since we were walking all over Victoria for the day. 

 3 out of these 4 from IKEA (African violent from friend)

This last photo is the spot where the majority of my plants are-on one of our brightest window ledges. The tiny African violet is still blooming after at least 6 months. It goes through phases of no buds, to 10-12 flowers opening at once, and although I don't have a great container for it, I'm glad I kept this little gift from a friend instead of tossing it once it became really dry. 

The other three very different plants are all from IKEA and started out quite small. The broad leafed plant has actually dropped two large leaves and just keeps sprouting from the stem and they are getting darker with each new leaf that pops out. I'm sure this could become a large plant but without the space, I don't want to switch it into a bigger pot. 

The 'spikey' looking plant has grown a solid 6 inches in height (at least) in the last year. It loves the simple little pot because it continues to grow up and doesn't seem to need more space, which is perfect. The last is my favorite, and has grown out at least 6-8 inches, and is starting to trickle down the ledge with new vine sprouts everywhere. 

I often water one 'big' time per week, and if I think any of them are looking a bit 'weary' between watering, I'll drop an ice-cube in the top, a tip I got from Elise that really works!

Do you know the names of these last 3? Do you have a great hanging plant suggestion that doesn't need much natural sunlight? I'd love to hear it!

Comments

Pete said…
Love the plants! Always been a gardener but where I live is usually too cold to garden outdoors for long. Have started doing a lot more gardening indoors and have learned a lot about different plants doing so. Plus it's nice to have a littler greenery in the home!

Popular posts from this blog

How To: DIY Sand/Water Table

How To: Build A Sand/Water Table for Under $30!
Sorry this took me so long to blog, but I had to have a tool list and full instructions before I could do so.
A little history on my love for the sand/water table. I love the idea behind tools for tiny hands, i.e. the Montessori Method, and like to have Lukka 'figure things out for himself', even when he is playing. I try to have the most simple and basic toys available for 3 reasons: a) simple toys generally have less parts, which means less of a hassle for me
b) simple toys inspire way more creativity and imagination than do 'exact replica' toys
c) they are much more aesthetically pleasing to look at, therefore, not making every nook and cranny of our house an eyesore!
I know the last reason is just for me, but it's true. Plastic things don't generally last 1/2 as long as wooden or fabric toys, and they are unattractive. For this reason, I started to look for a wooden sand/water table as opposed to a plastic one …

The Rule of Threes

Costco aftermath
This is what my kitchen looks like for at least an hour after a Costco trip. I haul in everything after an exhausting journey through the busiest store (seemingly) in this country and I just can't do a dang thing more. For an hour. While I get a breather. And eat some obligatory reward chocolate. Eventually I'll get to those piles and everything will be put in it's proper place, but usually it stays like this for that necessary hour. 
                                                                          *** I don't think I'm alone in sensing that our culture has gone hog-wild with unrealistic expectations in just about every department, and I want to tell my friends, and anyone else who will listen, that we can only do so much in a day.  My husband once told me a friend of his pondered the busy-ness of our modern lives and said something to the effect of, "God gives us just enough time in the day to do only the things we need to do." …

17 in 2017 // What Happened? What Didn't?

one of Ani's goals: learning to bake!
This year was a great one--we did SO much as a family and I really think by setting up some 'Things to Do' with the kids in my goal list for 2017, we made them happen rather than thinking we could do them 'someday'. We traveled a lot in 2017; we hit every state on the West Coast including Alaska! We started our 6th year of homeschooling and went a bit rogue in a few subjects like Math. I started and finished a beloved book series with the kids. There were a few things that didn't happen because of circumstances, but almost everything else DID happen, and I'm proud of that! Intentions + action for the win! 

What Happened

*Learn to make pakora and butter chicken (crock pot): This might be cheating but a friend of mine sells Epicure spice blends and they just came out this past year with a pakora packet. It's healthy, fast, gluten-free, and delicious and I'm counting it! I also made the most delicious butter chicken…