Monday, January 18, 2016

snow, plants and a lesson in air plants

Good morning everyone.
The snow has fallen and it is beautiful. All the trees are wearing their blankets and shoes make that crunching sound that comes with the crisp weather. I know it brings traffic issues and slush once the weather dips but just for that little while it is lovely and silent.

With all of our gardens covered in snow and thoughts of planting and seeding the soil outside a bit off in the future yet, indoor planting is currently at its finest.

A chance to try your hand at something familiar or maybe for some, something different.
As was stated in a now famous quote by Audrey Hepburn,
"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."

I have had an amazing time setting up the new arrangement green bar in the shop and have made some great new arrangements at home as well. Even though my brain generally just comes up with things, everyone including me needs a little inspiration.

I found the next 2 books not necessarily new on the market but just great and filled with ideas, helpful hints and honestly generally amazing photos.
We have copies of both in store for locals but for everyone else here's a sneak peek.

The first is 
Bring the Outdoors in by Shane Powers.
He designed a collection of planters for West Elm as well.

The next is 
The Plant Recipe book by Baylor Chapman.
Even the cover draws you in. Just look at the volume and colour of that arrangement.

And for our lesson today.
I have been a little obsessed with air plants for awhile now but specifically the xerographica type. The grey curly sculpture like ones.
We go through these very quickly in store but the first and most commonly asked question of these is either
"what are these?"
"what type of paper is this?"
When I begin to explain (or I'm sure Jill when she is in the shop) that it is in fact a plant not paper, they are just fascinated.

Which of course follows the how do I keep it alive (or kill it for the humorous folk)

Air plants require simple care.
and I'm going to tell you how.

once per week fill a sink, bowl or cup with water. (depending on the size of your plant)

i use a sink at home as i do multiples at once
submerge your plant for 15-25 minutes
remove the plant and gently shake all the water out of the centre of the plant
put back where you have it displayed in a bright location but not necessarily direct light.

now you too can grow simple and fantastic airplants in all kinds of crazy places.

side note: if your home is very warm this time of year 72 degrees and up and/or dry you may want to add a little water mist for humidity to your plant as well.

this planter is an old metal organizing drawer i found in a scrap yard and now it lives on our dining room window ledge. this arrangement isn't particularly colourful but it embraces texture and different heights and it loves this window.....
so far.

Well that's it for me today

Have a great one and remember you may think you have a black thumb but planting and gardening take patience. If you are generally interested in learning, then every mistake yields a lesson for next time and eventually you will have plants growing wherever you want them. Ask questions in the shops where you are buying the plants (unless it's a big box store then they might not have the answer) but garden centres, florists and small shops such as ours spend a lot of time learning and growing so will usually be happy to help you.



  1. Oh my word! That orchid is drop dead gorgeous! And I am smitten. I can't tell you how many I've murdered.

  2. Oh my, guess which two books just jumped onto my Wishlist? Love! Question about your gorgeous window planter - when you make these up do you plant directly into soil, or do you leave the lovelies in their pots and use fillers like moss to cover the gaps?

    1. hi julie. it honestly depends on what i am working with. in the case of this specific planter, the succluent and the orchid are in their original growers pots and the fern collections and eugenia topiary are planted in soil. i did this because the requirements for watering are so different. the ferns need water everyday, the orchid every few days and the succulent only gets water about every week-week and half depending on how sunny it has been. covering with moss helps contain moisture but also makes the plant look pretty by covering up the few pots. thanks for asking.

  3. Oh thank you, that answers my question nicely! I did notice that many of the plants seem to have different watering requirements and I was wondering how you got around that issue - now I know! Cheers :-)

  4. I love your blog and love your new office. do you have an etsy shop?

    1. hi sheri. thank you and yes i do. there is a direct link in my sidebar but it is


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