A Word With You :: Green

Even though I could never consider myself a “green thumb,” I love having plants around our house. They tend to add a little bit of decorating texture and depth that helps to make a room really feel finished and homey. I have managed to discover their one short-coming – they need to be kept alive in order to be pretty.

I have a mixed track-record when it comes to growing things – some successes, but I have killed my fair share of greenery (It’s still too soon to talk about my Fiddle Leaf Fig casualty). Along the way, I have developed a workable routine for keeping them green.

We have had this Philodendron since we moved into our first apartment. It was a house-warming gift from my grandma, and although I might be ashamed to admit to her how poorly I have tended to it over the years, it has kept right on growing in spite of my lack of care. This is a great plant for homes with minimal windows or beginner gardeners.

wpid-plants.jpgThis plant was a gift we received from our friend Jaci when we moved into our current place. It has been extremely easy to care for as long as it’s sitting by a window. At first, I was hesitant to place plants that called for low-to-moderate light in front of windows. I realized though, that our apartment really only has one ‘direct light’ window. Our plants really weren’t getting the sun that they needed by sitting out in the middle of the room, so I shifted things around and now everyone seems to be much healthier.

wpid-plants-4.jpgMy current favorite houseplant is this beauty that I got at Anthropologie for $5. It was something they had previously used in a display and were trying to get rid of. Anthro frequently uses plants throughout their stores, so it’s always worth asking if they have anything left over in the back for sale. (If anyone can identify what type of plant this is, I would be grateful!)

wpid-plants-3.jpgMy new favorite trick has been to take clippings and put them in water near a sunny window. Within 1-2 weeks they start to grow roots and can be repotted in new containers or with the original plant to thicken the foliage. I have also been trying to get in the habit of pruning my plants. Although it seems strange to lop off parts of something perfectly healthy – it helps the plants to grow into a fuller shape.

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While our entire indoor garden makes me smile, my favorites may be Sean’s contributions:

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8 thoughts on “A Word With You :: Green

  1. cojobo

    I love your tulips!

    I am jealous of people with plants…but I’ve come to terms with the fact that it just isn’t my strength.
    My next house is going to have tons of natural light (are we moving? no. But is that my #1 mission when we do move someday? yes) so maybe my green thumb will come with a new mortgage.

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    1. Meg Post author

      haha that is at the top of my list too for whenever we buy a house! We definitely upped our current number of windows with the new place…but could definitely do with more!

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  2. craftyp

    this is my favorite time of year for tulips. I need some yellow ones to put in my GREEN pitcher for Easter. They look so lovely. We had a philodendron and for some CRAZY reason I left it for the new homeowners when we moved. It was the only plant I could seriously keep alive. That and herbs: basil, parsley, thyme.
    Oddly enough, I’ve had better luck with my outdoor gardening than indoor. Plants just aren’t the easiest thing to have around the house when you have lots of little people who like to dig in them.
    one day…

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    1. Meg Post author

      That does sound lovely!
      Yes, philodendrons do seem to be crazy resilient! Mine has fared much better than the herbs I’ve tried. Maybe you have some good tips for me??

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  3. Kelly

    meg- i’m totally with you. I love plants but they stress me out because I get so sad when they die. Just this weekend I took one of my plants in and was probably overly dramatic running up to the counter and saying “I need a plant doctor! something is wrong and I don’t know what!” (yes, I really told them that). Then they cut off all of my flowers on it. I decided that I was like the overly concerned mom at the pediatrician when they told me like 100 times “you are doing a GREAT job. It really looks healthy! you are doing it all right. Don’t worry. It looks great!” Plant owner problems…

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  4. Happy

    I agree that plants and flowers are such a nice addition to home decor! I had a hydrangea a few weeks ago. Yes, had. My cat ate it. He is still around so I gather it wasn’t poisonous. Sigh.

    I don’t have much of a green thumb, but I think it is safe to say you actually do! I like to see those flowers and plants that bloom annually outside with no work from me. I keep the kids alive (and the cat, poisonous plants aside) and that’s about all that can be trusted of me right now!

    Love your greenery!

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    1. Meg Post author

      I hope your cat is ok! I can’t believe they would eat a hydrangea!
      Thanks for the encouragement – Annuals are a great idea if I ever step into outdoor gardening!

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