For the most part, besides African Violets and Christmas Cactus’, I have very few houseplants. I love houseplants and have always wanted to have more but, childcare. Having kids in my house all day left me nervous about having plants as many of them can be poisonous if eaten. So…I didn’t really keep them on the main floor of the house and didn’t ever pursue having more except for my African Violets which I keep upstairs.
Then awhile back I visited my sister’s house. She has AMAZING plants. Her plants are really to be envied. I wish I had taken pictures and shared them with you. Next time I go, I’ll ask her if I can. Seriously, the plants are amazing.
That got me thinking that maybe being I don’t have childcare full time and a lump of my grandchildren are getting past the point I have to worry about them eating plants, I would slowly start getting a few plants. Hmm.
Well, what do you know it. The next time I was at the thrift store, the big leafy plant in the white pot was there. Pot and plant together was $5. I thought that was great and bought it.
I know nothing about the plant so if you know a name or care instructions, please pass that along to me.
The next time I went to the thrift store… there was this plant that was in pretty tough shape. I’m guessing it’s some variety of succulent. Again, if you know anything feel free to pass the info on. It was $2. Not a great looking plant but in my price range so I brought it home, transplanted it and planted all of the leaves that broke off too. We’ll see if it can overcome and live.
This had me very excited as I was sure getting plants would be super expensive…but so far, I have a tiny investment. YAHOO!!
When I was at my sister’s she had an amazing Swedish Ivy. My mom always had one and knowning Judy’s green thumb, this might be one she has nutured since she got a slip from our mom. Judy ended up giving me some starters. I had them in water for a bit and already the roots are growing so while I was potting the thrift store plant, I decided to pot it too. The pot isn’t my favorite and won’t be it’s permanent pot but this one was handy as it was the pot the succulent type plant was in when I bought it from the thrift store.
Here is my Swedish Ivy…
So after thinking I might add some house plants to the mix, I have three new plants, just like that. I call that serindipity!!
I’ve had a couple of people ask about my African Violets and how I did in the trading of leaves. When I offered to trade, I mostly had people who wanted leaves and I really got very few in return. I think maybe six total.
From those leaves, I’ve gotten two plants. Here they are…
This one just started blooming. YAHOO!!
A wonderful blog reader sent me two African Violets from the Violet Barn. This is one. It’s a trailing violet which is very different from a regular African Violet. It’s in full bloom right now and so pretty. Thanks so much!! It’s in my west window where I wash dishes. I just love looking up and seeing it.
I’m on a missing to do better with my plants. I want a few more and I want to currate them a little better. Fingers crossed that I can follow through.
I’d love any plant starts, recommended places to purchase plants or plant advice that anyone wants to share.