The Cool House: houseplants
Showing posts with label houseplants. Show all posts
Showing posts with label houseplants. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Before and after houseplants

I finally did it. I took the banana tree outside and let nature takes its course. Then I planted the container with white and purple impatiens and variegated ivy. Not very originla, I know, but a whole lot prettier than the sad house plant.

Now I have a huge bare space in the great room where the half-dead plant used to reside. Whatever am I going to put there?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Help my houseplants

Have you ever seen anything more pathetic? These brown and shriveled plants aren't dead yet. In fact they've been hanging on in this state for quite some time. The one in the middle I bought as a huge healthy mother-in-law's tongue from Wholefoods in 2002. I chose it because nothing was supposed to kill them. Well, maybe not but I've managed to do it some serious damage. It's about an eighth the size it used to be and decidedly unhappy. The other two plants I inherited with the house. The Anthurium used to have big white waxy flowers, now it barely has leaves. And the 8' tall plant? I have no idea what it is but the broom handle I tied it to to stop it toppling over only adds to the element of desperation. I feel really bad about these two because I promised the previous home owner I'd take care of them.
I moved them so they'd get more light and put them all together so they could lean on each other for emotional support. But what else should I do?

Just so you don't think I have the gardening thumb of death, take a look at the Devils' Ivy in the dining room. Just running away with itself.

And then there's this beautiful orchid. Maybe I haven't had this one long enough to do major damage? I don't have seem to have problems with outdoor plants, so what can it be? Advice please.