Welcome to the jungle

As mentioned, it was time to bring all the house plants in from the patio before the frost hits.

Now our townhouse isn’t very big, and making it more of a challenge is that most of the windows are all on the south side. We have no windows on the east or west, and the north only has three (and one is VERY small). That’s means I’m very limited on places for plants.

And I’m afraid my plant collection probably doubled this summer. That’s in part because the local convenience store kept bringing in sad little cacti, and everytime I stopped to get lottery tickets, I had to rescue them. And of course, being outside means my spider plants spit our babies like crazy… and I can’t just throw them out!

Most of them are now resting comfortably in my studio. I managed to do some purging of craft supplies last week and was able to make some room for them on the shelves that sit under the window there.

All of my “floor” plants are now crowded at the back door.

It’s hard to believe that jade plant (bottom left) was a small cutting just a two years ago. It loves being outside and exploded all over the place!

The rest of the plants fit on my wooden plant stand under the dining room window.

Luckily, it’s nice and big, and can fit at least a couple pots on each shelf.

The biggest challenge was finding a spot for the Mandevilla. It’s at least four feet tall and is a big, bushy tangle of flowering vines.

For now, it’s tucked behind the couch that separates the living room from the dining room. Here it should get enough light from the dining room window. But it’s hard to say how much Burton is going to harass it. Time will tell!

11 thoughts on “Welcome to the jungle

  1. VAL! YOU HAVE THE GREENEST THUMB OF ALL!
    WOW.
    I ONLY BRING ZACH’S CATCUS PLANTS IN FOR THE WINTER. THEY LIVE NEAR AN UPSTAIRS LEDGE BY A SKYLIGHT. THEY ARE TO BE IGNORED. THEY DO WELL

    MY FRIEND DID GIVE ME TWO LOVELY CAT PLANTERS, BUT IV’E OPTED FOR AIR PLANTS. I JUST CANT DEAL WITH OUR WELL WATER OUTSIDE AND OUR WATER INSIDE THAT HAS SALT ADDED TO IT. SO AIR PLANTS WILL BE FINE. 🙂 NO MUSS NO MESS NO FUSS.

    LOOK AT ALL THOSE PLANTS. AND THE CATS LEAVE THEM ALONE? THATS ANOTHER THING. MINE CANNOT KEEP AWAY FROM ANYTHING PLANTEDIN SOIL.

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  2. What gorgeous plants Val! Moving into the RV I have no room for plants. I have one fake one by a window that gets no sun at all. This is the first time in about 50 years that I haven’t had live plants. Even when I was a teenager I had plants in my bedroom. It seems strange, yet somehow freeing because I’m not worried about them all of the time.
    I can’t believe your cats leave them alone. Especially the floor plants. Ours tried to use my floor plants as litter boxes. I really had to keep an eye on them.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  3. Araignee

    I’ve got the same problem. I have one big plant that I need to bring in but anywhere I put it the cats get to and eat it and then throw it up all over the house.
    Your little shelves are so cozy. I wish my cats wouldn’t eat plants. I would love to have some pretty little ones on the window ledges.

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  4. Shirley Elliott

    That is quite a fabulous plant collection! I am impressed by how you managed to squeeze them inside for the winter. Did notice that the Cabbage Patch doll got shoved into a corner of the shelf. The plants look so cheerful and should be great encouragement on grey winter days.

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  5. I think it’s so good to have greenery in the home when Winter sets in. I have some sprinkled all around my house. Somehow, I’ve managed to keep them alive! Your collection is lovely. Love the jade plant.

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