I posted this picture on instagram yesterday:
It makes me laugh every time.
Side note: When messing around with the letterboard, I cut that delicate skin underneath my fingernails on two of my fingers and now they hurt. Oh, the things you do for letterboard-ing.
It is no secret that I have a thing for indoor plants. Just one look around almost any room in the house and you’re likely to find something green.
In the family room:
(photo from the family room pillow post)
In the kitchen:
(photo from a quick kitchen update tour)
In the living room:
(photo from the living room reveal)
In the dining room:
(photo from the dining room makeover)
In the bedroom:
(photo from a bedroom tour – sort of)
In the studio:
(photo from the summer studio tour)
Audrey and I went up into the studio to wrap a present the other day. She saw a little vignette on the desk with a tray and some notecards, a frame on the wall behind it, a spool of ribbon. She wondered what it was out for and I told her I had just taken a few photos. She replied instantly with, “I think it needs something green.” My girl has never spoken truer words :)
Also? How in the world did she know this?! Our kids pick up such random things from us without us saying a thing.
Since we’re nearing the end of winter, and spring is fast approaching (yay!) it’s time to start thinking about bringing more green into the house.
I do a fairly good job of keeping plants alive year round, but there are a handful that just didn’t make it between the summer and now. I had a big, beautiful fern in the studio that I brought into the house this fall and it did not like the change of scenery. There’s a cool plant I bought last summer called String of Pearls (see it here) that is mostly shriveled now. Maidenhair ferns are temperamental and only last a few months. I don’t let it get me down, though.
My philosophy on indoor house plants is that for about the same price as a cut bouquet of flowers, I can get a plant that will last much, much longer. If after a few months it dies, or looses its leaves or starts to look ragged, I feel okay about sending it off into the woods behind our house. It brought me joy for far longer than cut flowers would have.
So this spring, don’t be afraid to bring a plant or two into your house and follow these few tips:
- Make sure it is an indoor plant. Basically, if you find it in an indoor greenhouse, it should be fine.
- Pot it in a container with holes for draining. Or just pop the plastic container it came in into a more decorative pot (see below) and you’re set.
- Place it where there is indirect sunlight. Most plants don’t like to be in direct light, almost all need at least moderate light. So a windowless bathroom might not be the best place, nor the windowsill that is pounded by sunlight all morning.
- Keep it watered. Set a reminder on your phone, create a regular routine, have your kids do it as a chore. Use a mister, ice cubes, a watering can, a drinking glass. Whatever it takes. Just don’t forget to water :)
Need a couple of container suggestions? Here are a few of my favorites from around the internet.
As for my go-to plants, check out this post.
Happy (almost) Spring!