Monday, September 12, 2016

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!

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