20210927

Perfect Indoor Houseplants for a Brown Thumb

I have been killing plants pretty easily for a good ten years now. Our first house plant was a peace lily. The lady at Home Depot told us it was unkillable. And boom.. we went on a two week vacation.. I had placed the plant pot in a shallow dish of water as the internet had suggest and it was dead when we arrived. We sorta revived parts of it but it never flowered again. And we do or did travel a lot so I can't have plants that require a strict watering schedule. 

I killed our mint plant which again I read was unkillable.. in fact its weed like ability makes it spread if planted in a garden. Dead. We also tried growing cilantro and strawberries without much success. 

So I was very hesitant about buying another house plant.. but I wanted them because they give warmth to your home and clean the air as well.


So when we bought a plant a couple of years ago I made sure it did not need much water or sun. After some googling we decided to purchase a snake plant. It was small when we bought it.. now three containers later.. it has grown so wonderfully tall. 


After it survived a year without incident we invested in another plant. We selected a croton for the hints of  orange and red in its leaves. But this baby struggled a lot in the beginning. It kept dropping leaves. It got bugs in it. It was not good. The turning point was when we got a self watering planter like this. We have had this plant for almost two years now and it is finally looking healthy. 


During early Covid I decided to get another plant. This time we bought a pothos. Since there was not a lot of leaving the house happening I ordered the plant from Walmart and just hoped it would arrive alive. It did. In fact it was such a nice size we were able to immediately split it..  a year later we have five pothos' living in our home. Above is the original. Below are the offshoots. There is Aslan in the powder room, the boys each have one in their rooms and the small tea cup on the bookshelves in M's office





Seeing them sprout new leaves gives me such contentment.. 


Last year we were gifted an orchid. Ooh now this is a plant I fear. I have heard how high maintenance these beauties can be. I was not ready for the commitment.. yet I gave it two ice cube a week and watched the pretty fuchsia flowers with a smile. Well the flowers are gone now and in accordance to the high and mighty internet I sniped off the stem and pruned the dead leaves. I continue to give it two ice cubes a week and to my joy I see a new leaf sprouting. 


And our final plant is just a few weeks old.. my MIL's friend gifted it to us. It is a pink polka dot plant! How pretty is that? Now I am on the search for a planter. I am not seeing a lot of them in stores.. they are more of a spring/summer product aren't they. Or I may buy a cheap one and paint it in some bright cheery colors myself.  

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20210924

Friday Photography




Black on White -White door on white wall with a stunning black floral painting found in London. To read more about our trip to London click here

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20210913

lately

The last few weeks of summer have slipped away.. and school has started.. we were hoping to cram in a bunch of fun in August but things don't always go according to plan. We had a trip to Florida planned (it seemed like a good idea in May and we were all newly vaccinated) and Florida refused to get with the program.. so bye bye trip to the Keys. :(

We heard of this new Airbnb-esque website where you can rent peoples pools by the hour. We don't have a pool so we thought why not. This time the weather decided to be uncooperative. We rescheduled twice but we had days of rain and clouds.. plus lets not forget about Hurricane Ida. Thankfully we were unaffected but our thoughts go out to all those who were.


M got the boys a jungle gym obstacle course.. this was the highlight really. It was a pain to put up but the boys are really loving it.


We also managed to make a trip to the zoo. We usually go to the Bronx Zoo but it ends up being a whole day event.. so we decided to try another zoo. Did you know New Jersey is home to 12 zoos? We used to lives close to Turtle Back Zoo many years ago.. this time we decided to check out Cape May Zoo. It is a free zoo. It was decent sized.. a couple of hours were enough. Unfortunately most of the animals were in nap mode. The giraffes were playful and sweet but it was the monkey's that stole the show. No pictures.. I had posted a video on my insta stories. 


We also managed one last beach day.. it was right after Ida and there were branches scattered all across the beach.. there were also a number of dead fish in some areas. The seagulls were having a field day with the tides so low and the fish so close to the shore. Sometimes the seagull would drop a fish on the sand mid flight.. H took is upon himself to rescue a few.. I posted a video on my insta stories.. he was not at all afraid of grabbing the fish and tossing them back into the water.

And then just like that summer vacation was over. D started 6th grade!


We went to go visit his new middle school a week before school opened.. practiced opening his locker, ran through his schedule etc. 


and H went off to 2nd grade!

A week or two after school starts our town has a large event at one of the towns parks. Local businesses, food trucks, tons of promotional freebees and some rides for the kids. We had just moved to this town the first time they had it and D was a wee one.



and here we are at Marlboro Day some eight years later. And that wraps up our summer. 

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20210910

Friday Photography



Neist Point - One of the most famous lighthouses in Scotland located in the picturesque Isle of Skye. Want to read more about our trip to Isle of Skye click here

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