It just happens. While shopping you notice a display of plants. You glance over the varieties and think you’d like to take one home. You make it your own and give it a special location and watch it thrive. Before you can refill the watering can you are a bonafide caregiver to an array of living greenery. Keep track of those gorgeous plants in a houseplant journal.Continue Reading
I am a houseplant enthusiast from way back. In the mid-1970’s, just starting out as newlyweds, we had more plants than we did furniture. Houseplants were relatively inexpensive and filled in lots of empty places in our apartment. Four decades later, I am still a ‘happy houseplants’ lady but I am not alone!Continue Reading
Summer is waning and there isn’t much happening new in my yard this time of year. Except for this little gem. Beautiful, purple tricyrtis, or more commonly known as toad lily. It is a shade-loving herbaceous perennial and a lovely garden plant.Continue Reading
Following the death of Max Klein in 1993, his daughter, Jacquelyn Schiffman, donated the Palmer Paint Co. archives to the Smithsonian Museum of American History. The archival materials have been placed in the museum’s Archives Center where they have been designated collection #544, the Paint by Number Collection, and are available to both the public and museum staff for research and exhibition purposes.(source)
This grainy photo of my sister and I posing for her prom shows PBN paintings in the background
Thinking it might be fun to paint one myself, I bought a kit. And fun it was! Not much artistic or creative ability needed but I found it a very relaxing and enjoyable activity. Like coloring or doing a jigsaw puzzle. (Kits available today use acrylic rather than oil paint)
I looked forward to moments I was able to sit at the table and allow the thoughts and concerns of the day to disappear as I applied color and watched as the scene slowly came alive. Sometimes I would choose a different color or blend two colors together using the lines and directions as just a guide.
My Favorite Five. Here is that post.
Streptocarpus is in the African Violet family, and these plants have been growing in an western exposure window of my master bath for years! They receive medium to bright indirect light with a wee bit of late afternoon sun. They have a very long bloom period and are just so sweet and cheery.
Many years ago, a neighbor gave me my first orchid and I have grown them ever since.
I used to be ambitious and move the orchids outside to our shaded patio so they would receive lots of summer heat and humidity. They did well but got dirty; then as autumn approached, I had to clean them up and them bring back indoors.
Now, they remain, year-round, in our dining room at a southern exposure window.
They flower, usually twice a year and the flowers last a very long time ~ some several months!
I water twice a week and really, that’s about it for their care.
Tip: When the flowers fall and you don’t see any new ones coming, do NOT think your orchid is dead. Do not cut off the stem that had the flowers as often times the orchid will send out additional buds on it. Only cut away the stem if it turns yellow and becomes woody. The orchid usually sends out a new leaf after flowers fade and will eventually produce a new flower stem.
Our son-in-law’s mom gave me a cutting from her Hoya plant and told me about the unique flowers it got when blooming. The stem rooted quickly in water and then I planted it in soil. It grew quickly, sending out many vines with dark green, waxy leaves. How excited I was when it bloomed for the first time! The small clusters of lightly, sweet-smelling, star-shaped flowers are amazing!
Hoyas grow large quickly and mine had outgrown my space. I took a cutting from it before giving it away. This is my current Hoya ~ and I will soon transplant the starter windowsill cuttings.
For ease in care and tolerance of low light, Pothos is a star performer!
Although not grown for flowers, the heart-shaped leaves and bright green color make it a lovely plant to brighten your home or office.
A cutting will root easily in water and when potted in soil, can be attached to a support to grow upright or allowed to trail. A Pothos placed on the top of a bookshelf or hutch will trail and vine beautifully.
Pothos are very easy to grow. Your biggest chore will be keeping the vines from taking over.
They like bright, indirect light but I found them to tolerate low light conditions well.
Allow the soil to dry slightly between watering.
NOTE: All parts of the pothos plant are poisonous if ingested
Growing houseplants adds beauty to your environment, helps improve air quality and can just be relaxing and therapeutic as you care for them.
Then coleus and impatiens that were started from seed and grew on a window still until ready for planting.
Just a little time and already it has filled in and spilling over.
They suggested I spray them with Scotchgard.
Has anyone done that and if so, did it help prevent stains?
what do you think? just right, huh?
The tan sofa and the two patterned chairs came from Erin. The two oval-back chairs belonged to my mom and have been in our bedroom. I took the two garage-sale wing-back chairs that were in this room to our bedroom and they actually look okay there. I also switched the rug under the coffee table with the one in our living room.
We had to wait a couple of weeks to make the switch because of all the snow we have been having.
With matching over-sized armchair that held lots of wee folks, with an equally over-sized ottoman.
Very nice. But… dark. And, you all know I like light and white.
I even draped a white, crocheted afghan over a large portion of the dark sofa
and added pillows
now, if you keep looking, you just might see me zip by doing a happy dance
Parmesan & Rosemary Crusted~Pork Chops
adapted from Giada recipe
Cupcakes & Crinoline