A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I used to have a black thumb. Then I married my husband, who works in the landscaping industry, and I thought I was a Master Gardener. You may have noticed the growing trend of succulents and house plants circulating the internet, if you haven’t, you probably aren’t reading this blog.
Watching plants grow inside and out of my home brings a sort of calm into my life. Calm is something I desperately want to find around my house, especially since I work from home in a high stress career for a corporate tech company. I started with one plant in our first home. We only had two areas of the house that had full access to light for the majority of the day: by the back door and in my office.
So as I begin this journey of sharing the things I love on my blog, I had to begin with one of my current passions: house plants. If you haven’t seen our house tour, you can start there to get a good idea of where all our plants are located.
This not-so-little guy blossomed into a gigantic house plant that I am now considering… *shhh* … to trim. Is that the word? Or is it prune? No idea. Like I said: Master Gardener here. This plant has been in our home for over 2 years. Crazy! Never thought I could make a plant live for so long!
My husband noticed I didn’t kill the first plant, so he brought home a Christmas Cactus one day from King Soopers. My mother-in-law has one of these in her kitchen and I absolutely love this thing! I kept oogling over how beautiful and droopy this plant is. Ours has definitely grown and I’m so proud of it. I kept this beaut in my office and loved having the greenery and pop of red blooms a few times a year.
Once my husband moved to our new home, I started my need for plants all over our house! Our new home has an abundance of well-lit locations that allow for all sorts of plants. Each plant has a story behind it in some way, shape or form.
Succulents are some of my favorite plants that I own, but they are also the most tricky. I struggled in the past with keeping succulents alive, mainly because our old home had very little light in most of the house. Now that I have so much more beautiful natural light, I pop these suckers everywhere and encourage family and friends to buy me more as gifts. The containers I keep them in are from an array of places as well. One on my desk is even in a leftover artichoke dip jar.
My tree and large indoor plant collection is growing rapidly, and is currently my main focus for future plant hunts (I really want more tropical leaf plants). My hibiscus tree is the oldest of the bunch and originally lived outdoors for most of its life. The Norfolk Pine is actually the second Norfolk Island Pine I’ve had. I actually killed the first one by forgetting to water it… Won’t happen again, little guy! I promise! When we moved into our new home, I found the ever-so-popular Fiddle Leaf Fig and Money Tree. My dear husband gave me the Ti plant (purple and green leaves) as a Valentine’s day gift. Such a good husband. But… Unfortunately that was the first plant to kick the bucket. I’m not sure what I did wrong…
I’m so excited for this spring and summer and trips to local plant nurseries so I can hopefully find new and interesting house plants. I see many trips in our future with our new house… We decided we’re going to do all of our landscaping instead of letting the builders do it. With a landscaping guru for a husband, you shouldn’t be surprised. Stay tuned our landscaping journey if you love plants as much as I do! I’d love to see anyone else’s house plants as well. I love seeing how people style plants in their home.
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