I bought plants. I like flowers, plants and greenery just as much as the next girl, but with Doug’s allergies, anything that blooms was a no-no. Being a girl who likes these things, however, doesn’t mean I know anything about them. Luckily for me, I have a friend with a Master’s Degree in Horticulture who was more than willing to help me out. I gave her the criteria: non-blooming, not needy. She asked about sunlight (all levels available) and recommended a few different green things.
Last week while my Mom was in town, I took the plunge. We went to McDonald Garden Center and got all the necessary supplies. Plants, pots, bases, potting soil, watering can. We packed up the car and brought our procurements, one hanging Boston fern, one table top Philodendron and one big potted dwarf palm for the front entryway, home.
We re-potted, watered and fluffed each of the green guys outside on the deck and watched each one perk up as it sucked in the sun. After each of the plants had absorbed its water, it was time to install them inside. The fern hangs in the kitchen, the Philodendron resides on the kitchen table and the dwarf palm took up residence in the front entryway. Even though they lack to bright colors of pollen bearing flowering plants, these three do dress up the place a bit in all of their plain green glory.
I’m hoping these plants will help keep the house’s air a bit cleaner, and bring some sunshine inside with them. I’m also hoping I can keep them alive. I’m not much of a green thumb, mainly from a lack of trying, but I don’t have much faith in myself. While not as challenging as a child or as difficult as a puppy, these plants might find a way to stick it to me. I’ve put a reminder in my phone to water them regularly and that half of the battle is won. It’s the pruning I might struggle with. How much do I cut? What’s too much? When should I re-pot it in a bigger pot?
I’m sure the plants and I will be fine. Jordy hasn’t tasted them and he doesn’t seem to have plans to bury any bones in the dwarf palm’s potting soil, so here we go!
Are you green thumb? What plants do you have in your house?