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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And once again an entire week flashes before my eyes. I’ve had so much going on at work I’ve barely had time to catch my breath. I had to get up at a crazy ungodly hour of the morning for work (read 2:30am) so that has messed me up since Thursday. Today I slept until close to midday, which was veryveryveryvery welcome.
I think a Five things post is LONG overdue.
ONE. First up is Pic’s REALLY GOOD peanut butter. I found this hiding on the shelf at Thomas Dux. I have had a giant craving for crunchy PB with some soy and linseed toast and this really hit the spot. I picked the no salt option as the salt version had quadrillion times the amount of sodium and I thought I’d be good.
TWO. I’m in love with Martha Stewart craft punches. Especially these around the page ones. Seriously. I have so many of them now after visiting that craft show that was in town last weekend. I need to get cracking on some July birthday cards so it was just perfect timing!
THREE. My green thumb has evolved. I’ve been looking into new and prettier ways of displaying my plants. I made Ferny (as named by the boy) a macrame hanging basket holder. I’m not sure what they’re officially called, but yes. I quite like it. Since Ferny likes humidity it lives in the bathroom for now.
FOUR. Speaking of my evolving green thumb, I bought some cute little jelly bean succulents for house-warming presents. I’m really digging how very unique and adorable these little things look. I hear they change colour depending on season too.
FIVE. I have a thing for late night baking. I was running on a little over four hours of sleep when I decided to bake some cinnamon scrolls. I’ve had a few requests to post up the recipe, so will do so soon! Keep an eye out :)
Have a fantastic week all! Xx
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).
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.
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.
I’m curious, what sorts of plants do you take care of?