Leesten very carefully, I will say zees only once… Ok enough of the punning. This week I am heading indoors for my six. I have to warn you I am a bit of a houseplant killer. My green fingers in the garden seem to disappear when it comes to plants in the house and I treat ’em mean, not intentionally, but because for some reason I always forget to feed and water them. I am aiming to rectify this with the help of Alys Fowler’s inspiring book Plant Love: How to care for your houseplants.
I am joining in with The Propagator’s Six on Saturday meme where we share six things from our garden each weekend.
- Aloe vera and friends
The Aloe vera of my title was one of three succulents bought for a tenner from the Columbia Road Flower Market in London. The other two sadly died, so she now has some new friends – a Calathea and two spider plants bought as a threesome from Homebase for a fiver. I do like a houseplant bargain.
I bought this Pilea from a lovely shop near us called From Victoria. I have already repotted it once, but I think it will need to be repotted again soon. It has moved around the house and is now in our new bathroom.
3. Indoor garden
My mum made me this little indoor garden in a cardboard box as a Christmas present. I’m afraid I have forgotten the names of all the plants, but it is a cheery addition to the kitchen windowsill.
I had almost forgotten about the hyacinths I planted and left outside in the bottom of our mini greenhouse. Thankfully, I remembered them and have brought them inside into the warm where hopefully they will soon bloom.
5. Ceropegia linearis
I have not been a very good owner to the Ceropegia linearis or Chain of Hearts, which is why it is looking really sorry for itself. I think I need to repot it and give it some TLC, although according to Alys Fowler it can stand ‘an epic amount of abuse in the form of drought’.
6. Ficus elastica
Another Homebase bargain. I wanted a nice big plant for the sitting room and this does the job for a tenner. Next on my wish list are a Monstera deliciosa or Swiss Cheese Plant and a Maidenhair Fern.