Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Growing my Window Garden

I brought home a large basket arrangement of live plants from pumpa's funeral with the intent of repotting them. My mom did the same with plants from both of my paternal grandparents's funerals, and I think it's a really nice way to remember them. I'm looking forward to having these grow into a lush windowsill garden.
This weekend, I noticed the plants were starting to look a little sad; they needed more room. So that's what I did this morning. I had intended to over the weekend, picking up these three white pots at IKEA, but then I ran out of time (Canadian Tire was closing when we went after the baseball game Sunday night, so Pat picked me up some soil and a spade last night). Why are weekends so short?
I really like these three white pots with slightly different designs together - there are no holes though, so I added some rocks on the bottom for drainage. With eight plants in one basket (plus my palm and succulent from IKEA), I needed to use all the pots I had - ugly, old dollar store ones included. I see some more repotting in my near future...

Anyway, after a bit of research, I think I've identified most of my plants. Here they are arranged around the house:
I placed the yellow pots in the bedroom. The pink flowers are Kalanchoe and the other plant is probably an umbrella plant (Schefflera). I'm not sure though - the leaves don't seem wide and droopy enough... but it's still very tiny and has a lot of growing to do if it is a Schefflera. I hope it does well - it's my favourite of the bunch.
I spy new growth!

In my new pots in the living room, from left to right, I have gold finger (Codiaeum variegatum), a variety of palm (possibly butterfly palm) and Dieffenbachia (aka dumb cane).

While I was at it, my aroid palm (aka zeezee plant) really needed to be potted too. It's growing so well!

This little polkadot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya) is also doing really well, sprouting up all over the place!

Lastly, I had to place these two in smaller pots because they were all I had. The English ivy was looking pretty sad, but hopefully it perks up in it's new space. I'm not positive about the other plant, but I think it's a variety of Dracaena.

OK, I had to show one more photo of my hydrangea - it's still doing SO well! I had no idea the flowers were so long-living. My mom bought it for me at Easter!

Now that I have a nice window garden started, I want to add in some herbs and maybe a tomato plant. I love greenery - especially the kind I can eat!

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