Errr…how is it February already? The month of January went by in a flash, and I’m glad to move toward some warmer weather and less snow (hopefully, maybe?!). We’ve officially settled into our new home, and although it’s a rental I’m pretty pleased with how homey it feels. That’s in no small part due to the enormous plant collection that I’ve slyly amassed over the past month. I bring home a plant, and Emory is always like “Cool, cool”…and then the other day, he looked at me in mild annoyance and said he felt like he was living in a jungle…soooo maybe I’m not so sly after all? My plant extravaganza has been figured out. Darn it.
But seriously, aren’t plants the best? They’re an inexpensive way to give warmth and life to a room that is otherwise drab and colorless. And, plants are so gosh darn cheerful. I’ve found some pretty cool planters too from places like West Elm, Urban Outfitters and Target. I’ll list them all below, along with the plants names. While I’m not pretending to be any sort of official horticulturalist, I do pride myself on being a good plant-mom. I don’t typically kill plants, and I have been known to make an orchid re-bloom (gasp in amazement).
My best is advice is to find a good gardening center near your house and take a gander. If you live in Hampton Roads, McDonald Garden Center is the plant mecca. So here are my plants (and a sneak peek of our home…)
You know you love my cow socks…
So here are a few of my tips on being a good plant-mom:
- Don’t over water!!! Almost all of these plants require very little water (of course check the label and follow the instructions). Here’s what I do: when the plant looks particularly dry, water it and then FORGET ABOUT IT. I water most of my plants monthly or maybe less than that…or more, depending on how much light they get.
- Keep the plant in the container you bought it in. This is a tip I’ve learned to make life easier for watering. When it’s time to water, simply take the pot out of the decorative pot, walk it over to the sink and water it. Then leave it in the sink to drain. Once you think it’s sufficiently drained, put the plant back in the decorative pot. You may be thinking no duh, Jamie. But, I’ve ruined a wood floor or two because of wonky pot drainage scenarios. This way is easy—no mess, no fuss.
- Find the right planter for your plant. I’ve found that having the right planter for your plant is sort of like marriage. They have to compliment one another. You wouldn’t want your child to marry the wrong man would you? Do the same courtesy for your plants.
- Lastly, bring your decorative pot with you to the plant store. This ensures that the plant will ACTUALLY FIT. Again, this isn’t rocket science but it’ll save you a lot of heartache in the long run.
I hope you enjoyed my January Favorites. Maybe I inspired you to make plants a part of your home decor, or maybe you learned something about being a good plant-mom?… What are your favorite house plants? Are you a crazy plant mom too? I’d love to hear from you.
**I REALLY want to do monthly favorites posts in 2018, but I struggle with time and scheduling conflicts. So let me know if you like these, and I’ll try to find the time.
1. Aglaenema, gold planter
2. Banyan (maybe), blue planter (old)
3. Succulent, spotted planter
4. Snake plant, mid-century leg stand planter, very similar
5. Diffenbachia, blush fluted planter
6. Diffenbachia, seafoam pot (I found mine in-store)
7. Anthurium, blue fluted pot
8. Philodendron, cream planter with tray
Photos by Tara Liebeck Photography