My Secret Garden

“If you look the right way, you can see that
the whole world is a garden.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett

My Secret Garden

My 2016 Secret Garden

For the past few weeks the weather in our neck of the woods has been inconsistent. So much so, that I’ve waited to start my patio garden until I felt it was safe for my 2016 plants to survive. Finally the weather seems to be back to normal and I started my garden for the year.

Having a small garden gives me such pleasure. Not only because it’s beautiful, but because I’m a nurturer by nature so having something to care for makes me feel alive.

This year I added herbs to my garden. It’s fun to be able to cook and have fresh herbs at my fingertips. I’m enjoying the beauty, the fragrance and the joy of life from my secret garden.

Shine On

Peace Lily

“We look forward to the time
when the Power of Love
will replace the Love of Power.
Then will our world know
the blessings of peace.”

William Ewart Gladstone

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In a  previous post, Frankenstein of Flora, I wrote about how much I love plants and especially enjoy rescuing them. In the past few months, I’ve added a variety of new plants to our home.

Recently, I rescued from Lowe’s Home Improvement Spathiphyllum wallisii, commonly known as the Peace Lily. This half-dead plant was cast aside from all the other plants, droopy and in need of some TLC.

I quickly read up on this plant and was happy to learn it is one of the easiest and hardiest house plants. Peace Lilies not only brighten up a living space, but are also excellent at cleaning the air of the room they are in. In fact, a NASA Clean Air Study found that this beautiful and hardy plant cleans indoor air of certain environmental contaminants, including benzene and formaldehyde.

Several Peace Lily species are popular indoor houseplants. It lives best in shade and needs little sunlight to thrive, and is watered approximately once a week. The soil is best left moist but only needs watering if the soil is dry.

If you’re looking for a low maintenance, beautiful house plant, I highly recommend the Peace Lily.

Shine On

Frankenstein of Flora

“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant.
You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or
just think it’s going to get on by itself.
You’ve got to keep watering it.
You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.
John Lennon

The Power of Plants

For decades I had a beautiful garden that I nurtured and cherished.

Then we relocated and most of my plants I handed over to friends and neighbors. I knew the relocation would kill my plants, and I didn’t want that to happen.

After a few years without plants, I’ve begun to slowly buy some indoor plants and see how they do in our new home. I tend to buy young plants or plants that are left for dead. I do this mostly because I enjoy bringing plants back to life and seeing the young plants grow into big beautiful plants.

The first week in November I bought a half-dead Aspidistra elatior aka Cast-iron plant. The plant was in a bin at Loew’s and had a $5 ticket on it. Seeing this sad looking plant, I snatched it up.

When I got home, my husband asked why I would buy a dead plant? I told him that I thought I could bring life back to the plant. Who do you think you are, the Frankenstein of flora? I ignored his snide remark and went about caring for the plant.

I cleaned the plant up, removing all the dead leaves, trimmed off the brittle tips and drenched it with water. Then, I waited for a few days to see if it came back to life. Slowly the pale green leaves began to brighten and perk up lifting itself up toward the sun light.

Aspidistra plants are common house plants and can tolerate a lot of neglect which is why it’s nicknamed the Cast-iron plant. Today I noticed new growth on the plant and how it looks fuller and the leaves a much richer green. But, I like to believe it was my care of the plant that saved the plant. Thanks to my hubby, I now think of myself as the Frankenstein of flora.

Shine On