Sunday, January 17, 2016

Boho Style and Houseplants

There's something about this time of year that makes me truly want to 'nest' in my home. Part of that nesting means puttering about and taking special care of all the houseplants I have scattered about. I think I miss the smell of dirt so much when we are in the heart of the winter that this is the way I 'garden' midwinter. 

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I was a child in the 70's. I am very much drawn to the whole Boho vibe of 70's style - it just feels warm and cozy and 'safe' to me. 

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I remember buying a book years ago in a used bookstore - it was a book on home decor and it was published in the 70's. 

I loved that book. 

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Every photo in that book felt like 'home' to me - must be due to my fond memories of childhood. 

Thanks, Mom & Dad!

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It wasn't so much the 70's colors and decor but more the warmth of the houseplants. 

I just love surrounding myself with greenery. 

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If I had a sunroom I would absolutely stuff it full of houseplants and spend most of my time in there. 

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I have dreams of possibly incorporating a sunroom/breezeway into  my house someday. 

I'm thinking about it, weighing the pros vs. the expense. 

If not, there might just have to be a greenhouse in my future. Preferably attached to my house so I can easily spend lots of time there. Coffee in the morning...wine in the evening. Sounds like heaven!


I need a place to play in the dirt when the snow is flying. 

How do you survive in those months before spring? What keeps you going? 

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41 comments:

  1. Oh, thinking about what I'll plant keeps me going. I'm down to one house plant. Gnats got the others and I couldn't rid of them. You know the pupsters are terrified of gnats and completely have meltdowns over them.
    Brenda

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    1. Did you try insecticidal soap? I absolutely douse my plants with that when I take them in after the summer. It works so well to get rid of any gnats that might make the pupsters crazy!!

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  2. This makes me think of my mom. She always had a ton of houseplants. I have a few, here and there. I use these months to catch up on reading and watching dvd's. Once March hits it is high school softball season for my daughter. Not a moment to spare then!

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    1. Been there, done that - my daughter was involved in EVERYTHING in high school!!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous and very heartwarming. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

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    1. There's just something so cozy to me about a room with lots of plants! Thanks for visiting, Linda, and welcome!!

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  4. My mom always had a bunch of houseplants when we were growing up. She was also very fond of her macrame plant hangers. :-) I, however, have a black thumb and can't seem to grow much...except for a passel of gnats which live off my dying plants. I do love the looks of other people's plants though.

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    1. I admit I have a few macrame plant hangers - I ordered them online through Etsy!! :) Try the insecticidal soap on your plants - put them in the sink and spray the heck out of them. That will get rid of the gnats!!

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  5. Thank you so much for coming over to visit (and leave a comment) on my blog 'Living Life on Main Street'. It was such fun finding your site and looking at all these cheerful and colorful pictures. Have a great week coming up and find some dirt to dig in!!

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  6. I love plants, unfortunately, I am not the best with the care...I stick to cut flowers and fruits and veggies in a bowl now. It's a much happier ending for all involved...especially the plants! ;)

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    1. Maybe you need to try singing to them....or telling them jokes? :)

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  7. I'm busy planning out my gardens for the Spring and trying to keep 2 houseplants alive.

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    1. I'm afraid to start thinking of my garden plan for spring because I have 4 months to go until I can plant around here...meanwhile my Country Gardens magazine arrived over the weekend and I'm drooling looking at the cover!

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  8. I'm busy planning out my gardens for the Spring and trying to keep 2 houseplants alive.

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  9. Well-timed post. I just spent some time yesterday cleaning up my violets, pruning, placing in a better spot for the rest of the winter and adding a bit of soil. It felt good just to touch the dirt. Deb

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    1. I have one remaining very happy African Violet - I moved it into my guest bathroom at Christmas when I was decorating the living room and it was so happy in there I left it! I guess the fact that there are no drafts and there's a skylight make it perfect for a violet.

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  10. too bad i kill every plant i try to have haha so i opt for faux ones with the exception of my 1 bamboo plant
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

    www.askawayblog.com

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    1. My daughter even managed to kill her bamboo plant, Ellen - I didn't think that was possible!!

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  11. I moved from Maine to San Diego....with that said and having worked in the ag industry for years I would be very careful about attaching a green house to my home.....its the humidity, mold, mildew issue that I would be concerned about. Hope you are blessed with an amazing Monday!

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    1. That's great advice, Robyn, and I hadn't even thought about that!! Thank you!

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  12. I can just see you puttering in your greenhouse in the winter with snow on the ground and subzero temps. We have a greenhouse but it is not heated except by the sun. Ah yes, macrame hangers...my mom made several and had a plant hanging device that was a tension pole with brackets off the side to hang the plants.

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    1. I could see me doing that, too, Donna - ahhhh, someday, please God!!

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  13. Very nice...the 70s hold a lot of memories for me too. Watching my granny who had such a green thumb, everything she touched just flourished and she had a beautiful garden. I am not so good with plants but I love how they look. Have a great week :)

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    1. My mom has such a beautiful garden, too, Karen - that's where I learned so much. I remember when I bought my very first house (at 23) one of the first things I did was start planting gardens!! And I have to say, I did really well for a newbie!

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  14. I have had lots of plants since the 70's. We even received a plant, it was named Trudy, as a wedding gift....and I kept it going for 40 years! Not only do plants help to clean our air, but they brighten up our home. And, they keep me sane on these bitter cold days of winter! ;)

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    1. What type of plant was it that lasted for 40 years and what happened to it at the end? I'm curious. I have a plant that was given to me by a friend and she had it for 35 years before giving it to me - her name is "Dusty" and I think it's some sort of palm or similar. Huge leaves, tropical plant. The roots wind around and around the base, by the soil. It would do well in a very large home, which mine is not....but I keep it happy anyway!!

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  15. Just like you, I love houseplants and love to surround myself with them!
    I will attempt to grow just about anything and I enjoy fussing with them and tending to them. It is the Mother in me-a nurturer always.
    Very nice collection here, miss sweet lady!
    xo

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    1. I also enjoy fussing with them when I have time....perhaps someday when I retire my plants will be even happier!

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  16. Debbie, I was a young bride in the late 70s, but started my love of houseplants while still at home and in high school. I guess it was sometime in the 80s (children) when I let them go, and then started focusing on landscape gardening in the 90s (children requiring less hands on attention). Now remarried, we have the sunroom with year round climate control, and it was just one year ago I let the oldest (>25 yrs old) plants go. I've been back in the landscape for over 12 years now, but still love that sunroom, and have just enough plants to keep me company, esp in winter, when the garden outside sleeps (except this winter, when everything seems confused). I hope you get your greenhouse or sunroom someday, it's a nice retreat.
    Rita

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    1. I bought my first houseplant when I had my very first apartment, when I was 19. And my collection has kept growing since then - I wonder if any of the Pothos I have now are from an original in that little apartment.....hmmmmm! I can't remember, I have so many Pothos now!

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  17. Like you, I was a child in the 70's (born in 1962) - and I also love plants! I have four in my living room right now, 2 in my kitchen, and 11 in the back bedroom/my office. I have a lot of spider plants - they keep growing huge, so I divide them and plant them in new pots. I move most of those outdoors in the summer.
    The second-to-last photo you posted has always been one of my favorites. I have it pinned to my Plants Pinterest board. :-)

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    1. I would be ever so happy in that room, Melanie - I would have to have a little bistro set or similar in there where I could sit with coffee or wine. Sounds like you and I are so much alike!! My spider plants upstairs are happy....the ones downstairs are struggling a bit. I think I need to repot a bunch - I usually get to that over the winter when I don't have any dirt to play in outside!

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  18. In my Farmhouse I use to have I made one whole room what I called the Garden room.
    2 wicker chairs and lots of plants both real and Faux.
    I loved that room.

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    1. That sounds like pure heaven to me! Now that I'm done moving (thank God!) and I can settle in one place for a long time I'm sure my plants will be much happier. It's like a jungle in here....and I'm ok with that!

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  19. A greenhouse is a must for me! Right now I have a little plastic one trying to keep my poor mandarin and lemon trees from freezing. When our house is (finally) built, I would like to have a glass greenhouse attached to it on the south side of the house. I am sure my citrus would do well there, especially if I had some of those automatic vent openers! I would also enjoy coffee in the morning and wine in the evening - or maybe some homebrew!

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    1. A plastic greenhouse wouldn't do much around here, Vickie! As it is, I'm trying to overwinter some plants in my garden cottage....which unfortunately is not insulated so I'm not sure it will work. Fingers crossed!!

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  20. I love houseplants but kill everything I touch! LOL....so gorgeous and such a fresh breath of spring in your home! Love that vintage book! Hugs sweet friend!

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    1. Those photos aren't of my home, sadly....although I wish the greenhouse and/or sunroom were part of my house!! Not so much one with the velvet sofas ha ha!!

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  21. I totally feel the 70s thing too. Love house plants but don't have a one. I don't have room but I look at those pictures and just want to nest there. I think I had that book too.

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    1. I just love that photo with the sunroom filled with plants - I could move right in and live in that space!

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