Springing into spring

Springing into spring

Spring is definitely here. Well, it pounced on us with a 30 degree day then ran off far into the distance. I’m glad the rain is back this week. I feel like we haven’t received a decent drenching in a long while. I know my plants could certainly use some rain water.

My indoor plant collection has all but multiplied since I found the plant of my dreams a few months ago: the chain of hearts. I absolutely adore it and there are so many new shoots now that the weather has become a lot warmer.

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I’ve been getting into cacti and succulents. I have to say that I was never into cacti at all. I didn’t find them very attractive and to be honest found them super boring with their spikes and slow growth. Fast forward to 2017, where I’m completely obsessed and enamoured. The different shapes and sizes and colours. I love it all. Not to mention the surprise blossoms that show up after a good season.

The biggest catalyst I would say would have to be my latest trip to Europe. Having gone smack bang in the middle of spring, we went to market after market with stalls filled with cacti in full bloom. I desperately wanted one to call my own.

The other weekend I took apart the stand of succulents that had grown haywire. A lot of the jelly bean plants had aerial roots, so I had to fix that. It was a hot mess of plant roots and wayward stems.

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I started off by pulling the plants apart, cutting back the roots and repotting into some of the seedling pots I had laying around. If you’re concerned about having to trim back succulent roots, don’t fret. Succulents are hardy plants that can propogate quite easily from cuttings.

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Then it was just a case of rinse and repeat. I stacked them nicely on one of those cheap plant stands that you can purchase from Aldi. Go figure I ended up with a surplus of succulents, and a lot of them didn’t make the plant-stand-cut. I ended up giving some away. Anyway, end my boring plant rant.

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Glasshouse terrarium

Glasshouse terrarium

I have a crazy obsession with candles. Especially Glasshouse candles – I can’t resist how they fill a room with amazing scents after such a short burn time. This means that one candle can last for months in my house.

Fast forward to last week. I finally finished one of my favourite scents, Tahaa (a caramel vanilla) and was left with a pretty glass vessel. I cleaned it out, which was a simple process in itself. Pouring hot water into the jar melts all the wax and brings out all the left over wax. It was as easy as wiping it clean with a tissue.

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Given my current green thumb craze I thought it’d best to make it into a pretty little terrarium for my succulents. I’m hoping this terrarium will last a little longer than my first attempt.

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My non-existent green thumb

My non-existent green thumb

I like to think I can take care of plants. But I probably really don’t take care of them well at all.

My first foray into plants started with a cute little succulent arrangement. I assembled it with a lot of thought and care and took it into work. This was years ago. I don’t know if I watered it too much or didn’t give it enough sun, but it withered away (very slowly) over a period of a year or two until it was no more. This pretty blue square pot now holds Baz the basil plant (as named by the boy).

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I saw a clever tutorial on upcycling corks into little fridge magnet planters that hold succulents. I couldn’t resist. I had some old corks laying around, dug holes in it, filled it with soil and popped in some succulents. Let’s see how long they last.

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One thing I’ll probably avoid are these horrid cacti. Really. I see some serious copyright infringements going on here. I don’t know if anything could be tackier.

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I’m curious, what sorts of plants do you take care of?

DIY: Terrariums

DIY: Terrariums

I love indoor plants but can’t keep them alive 90% of the time. I attended a terrarium class at the Object Gallery in Sydney the other week. It was lead by Stef Ingram, styler extraordinaire. There was a small group of us in the workshop above the gallery. I loved learning about the different tips and tricks – the different layers, the plant choices and after care.

We were required to bring our own bowl – with specifications of 30cm deep and an opening of at least 20cm. I found one that was *just* under the recommended size. Little did I know everyone else brought in smaller, much cuter bowls. I was initially lusting over this really adorable one that had a lid, but said no because of its small size.

The initial layers consisted of carbon and dried sphagnum moss, to aid with aeration and to prevent root rot in the plants you will be placing into your terrarium.

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The plants I chose included a mint ground covering (photo on the left) which smelled amazing. I made a little rainforest with a purply/pink sort of plant and one with small white leaves. Forgive me I don’t know my plant names! :p

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Here are the end products. There were a few little trinkets to choose from -dinosaurs, army men and farm animals. I placed a little green dinoaur amongst the foilage. It sort of looks like he’s prowling around looking for food all camouflaged and hidden.

TerrariumIt was definitely a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The Object Gallery are running a few Make.Play workshops this month. I’ve got my eye on a couple! Be quick, they’re selling out quickly.