No, not the hyper-conservationist type green. I'm all for taking care of the earth God has blessed us with, but He's given it for our use. This post is a little bit lighter than that. Like houseplants light. I love filling my home with live plants, and maybe by sharing a few photos I'll be able to inspire some of you to enjoy them too. My main inspiration for acquiring this collection began with a lack of the other kind of green. I love plants for the same reason I love mirrors: they fill a lot of space for not a lot of cash. Here's the little pony wall that separates our dining room from our family room. The first shot is a nice collection of some of our favorite photos, knickknacks and mementos. It's pretty enough, but lacks height, life and color. Add a $5 plant in a clearance blue pot, and it becomes much more interesting.
Here are few larger examples of space filling:
|Another larger specimen ($8 at Target with the pot) makes a neglected corner of our kitchen feel... less so.|
Plants in my kitchen:
|I love this little vignette of a dollar store rose, $1.49 pot that originally came with and housed paperwhites (Target post-Christmas clearance), my $2.50 bird from Michael's and little "designer" plate, also from Target ($3 maybe?).|
And two of my favorite new additions came courtesy of my favorite MIL, who somehow thought I could better care for some of the beautiful plants she inherited after her hard work at our church's Shepherd's Conference:
I've never had a fern or an orchid before, so I'm hoping I can keep them alive. The funny thing is, my plants (like my goldfish) seem to live unnaturally long lives. Honestly, I think they thrive on neglect. Maybe other people just give their plants too much attention. I don't feed them (the plants that is. Our goldfish do get food fairly often.) I only water them occasionally and give them a good spray or wipe down once in a great while to combat dust. All that to say: don't be afraid! Plants are beautiful, inexpensive,
and good for the environment!