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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Indoor Plants - Yay or Nay

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Now on to today's post - indoor plants. My mom, who has always had excellent taste, and was a gardener of note in her younger days, never liked indoor plants. She thought they were best left to  doctor's waiting rooms or shopping malls. But those were the days of delicious monsters and potted ferns. These days they come in much more stylish guises.

 I love these examples of olive trees in large rustic containers occupying a corner of a living or dining room. I do wonder whether they would survive indoors on a permanent basis and I don't have the greenest of fingers. Many a poor orchid has died under my watch! Maybe those of you knowledgeable on the subject could let me know if it would be wise to invest in one.

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If you want something more sculptural - these fiddle-leaf figs are a good option...


....and you are after more of a conservatory feel, an abundance of plants is the way to go....


 I should probably start small - given my less than satisfactory skills with plants....maybe a little rosemary or lavender bush in the kitchen....

...or some succulents or cacti - those are harder to kill!



 ...but I am very attracted to a dwarf citrus tree in a rustic terracotta pot ....yes....I think one of those might be in my future.

 I'd love to hear your views on indoor plants. If I manage to keep mine alive it might be cause for a little celebration and you will all be invited!

Till next time

Sharon x

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  1. Oh, I love them indoors !! They give a room so much LIFE. And. yes, you need to take care of them needless to say, but if you do you are rewarded X10. Love this post

  2. Sharon,
    I've learned over many years that there are only a handful of indoor plants I can keep alive, otherwise I might as well light a match to the dollars that some of the larger varieties cost. I cannot imagine an olive tree successfully growing and thriving indoors. I have a good friend that has a faux indoor tree that looks remarkably real. I may need to look into this.

  3. Marsha is right. A plant gives life to a room. I can't imagine a room without something green and growing. Your citrus tree may not live indoors for many years but for a while it will give you a lot of enjoyment, maybe even a few lemons or a few kumquats. And how wonderful it is to have a rosemary plant nearby in your kitchen just so you can snip a few leaves to decorate a platter. Topiaries, especially, are charming and easy to take care of.

  4. I have a few in-door plants, but I don't have a green thumb! I love how they look...

  5. I love indoor plants!!! I just can't seem to keep them alive!! Maybe I'll try the olive trees! thanks for the post!! xo Leslie Sinclair

  6. The first image is actually my home, so I vote yes for indoor plants!


  7. Sharon, I like the olive and fiddle leaf tree! Like you, I'd be concerned about loosing it. I do have a corner in my great room that would be the idea spot for something green and there's so many great ideas here!

  8. Orchids are my Go to these days. I love that they flower for months.

  9. I love indoor plants but I am not a very good indoor gardener!

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