Moving in the babies…

Remember those aloes I saved out of the garden in February, two of the best have been promoted to cheering me up – by greening the bathroom! The pots don’t exactly match – but then again, I am no interior decorator / designer. I am just happy if I can keep the plants alive and somewhat green.

My addiction to green things does not just stop at two though… I picked up an awesome stand at IKEA on the weekend – my first ever visit. The succulents that I saved from the garden in February have found a new home. There are a few empty spots – but I will hopefully fill them up as my gardening skills improve (I have been known to accidentally kill Devil’s Ivy – not sure how). I definitely need to get advice on those peace lilies. Check out my indoor plant stand below.

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I am also wondering if my room mates will notice the greening of the kitchen? They don’t get indoor plants – or why I might enjoy them. Maybe they will be more appreciative of some green in winter. The lucky bamboo definitely needs some training…. In the meantime, I will keep the indoor green creep, slowly so that they also become part of the furniture.

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Saving Succulents

With the house nearly finished, it is time to start to start to think about the gardens. For the last several years we have had a large garden in front of the house – but given my lack of green thumb and frequent water shortages – it is a bit if a mess. I have been told that I need to start over.

But starting over from scratch seems silly – there are plants that I love. I need to save them one by one. The first, aloe vera, seems useful to keep around  – and after several years it has multiplied like crazy. But the hot and dry weather seems to be trying it very best to kill it.

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So I am going to separate and plant as many as I can before the bulldozer comes in. It seems to be taking well to the pot.

Another plant I am saving seems to be growing prolifically – but the cows love it. They heave eaten it back to dirt several times but it continues to come back. This is great because it is one of my favourites. I am told that it is also an adequate salt replacement when dried, something I can add to my soups. It has a little red flower that the bees love – and it is native! Don’t know its name though.

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Although it is not a succulent, I love rosemary and have been taking cuttings from the well established bush. The twelve I planted last year are going very well, so lets hope this lot of fifteen do as well.

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