September 19, 2012

Grow, Bloom, Dream


Spider Plant, Coleus, Wandering Jew, Pothos, that Avocado seed sprouting in a glass on the windowsill - the perfect 70’s house plants. Really, just the plants we grew up with that  meant home. I’ve rescued wilting Peace Lilys from the Ace Hardware display window in Oak Harbor, WA. I keep my eyes peeled for an Emerald Ripple Peperomia like the one my Dad gave me and didn’t make it through the move to CA. Jessica and I shared a bedroom in Arcata where I created a perimeter canopy of hanging plants above our bed, it felt so exotic. As a child, I’d read a story  about a woman who had a strawberry mark on her face - to hide from the world, she filled her apartment with plants and free flying birds. In my mind, our room harkened to that story. When Grandma Ferne moved into Baywood Assisted Living she gave me her beautiful Staghorn Fern.
 I feel such a thrill whenever I see it - for the gift, its source, and its rarity. 
Our home is full of many plants that bring me great pleasure. 
I have re-created that 70’s collection I loved - and more!