How do you go from normal person who has a plant, to slightly crazy lady with like a million plants? In my case, a tiny seed was planted at a marriage counseling session, while my heart was breaking over the fact we were not going to expand our family. The no-more-babies thing made sense, and it was the right thing for our family, but facing that finality was incredibly difficult. While handing over tissues, our wise counselor suggested that the space I had been holding open for another baby would be filled with something else.
Fast forward a few months, and we were coming out of a longish cold winter and typical extended New England “hey, it’s spring! But also cold and muddy” season. I was so ready to embrace anything that wasn’t the color of a partially melted pile of snow and dirt. Not one to wait on that sort of thing, I made a trip to a local greenhouse and picked up a few plants. I had a couple of Kalanchoe Calandiva that bloomed all winter long, and I wanted to capture some of that, times 100.
I spent the next year experimenting with various plants, having some successes and honestly a lot more misses. But the successes felt amazing – even just a small plant can transform a space, and my design-loving self thought that was the best thing ever. And since I don’t do things half way, by the end of that year, I had amassed a lot of plants. The only logical conclusion was to get more plants, so I could sell them. My husband was thrilled.
Another year of experimenting (with plants and operating a teeny-tiny business), redoing our landscaping, enrolling in a landscape design class and basically immersing myself in all things plant-related (ask my long-suffering husband about the cold frame), we come to the present. I couldn’t have predicted this plant journey, but it was exactly what I needed.
I hope to bring some of the same joy that houseplants, of all things, brought me. There’s something magical about bringing plant life into our homes, and there are so many amazing varieties that won’t take up a ton of your time, and bonus, won’t die on you if you forget to water them one week. I can’t wait to share them with you!