Notes From the Garden: Indoor Gardening

I always love visiting the greenhouse where my mom works.at the greenhouse at the greenhouse

She’s been nurturing poinsettias lately to get them ready for the holiday season. They have tables after tables, rooms after rooms of them!poinsettias at the greenhouse poinsettias at the greenhouseWe had fun bringing home a few houseplants, including a palm tree which will live in our family room.

new palm tree

We brought home a terrarium which will live on our kitchen table. I also brought home an ivy to live in my office. It’s amazing what a difference a few plants can make throughout our house. It just makes me feel happier!terrarium

ivy houseplant

We haven’t had any houseplants since we adopted cats 12 years ago because one of them used to dig in the dirt. So far, so good, she hasn’t paid much interest to the new palm tree.

I’m looking forward to filling the house with more greenery once these new plants get settled in their new spots. It feels like the perfect time since all the leaves are dropping outside and plants are going dormant for the cold, darker winter months ahead.

Terri

9 comments

  • Doesn’t your cat eat them? Ours chews on the plant anytime she can get to it, and then of course vomits it back up.

    • So far so good! Angel used to chew on them and them throw up. But she’s in kitty heaven now. Callie hasn’t tried to chew on them… yet. She used to dig in the dirt when she was a kitten, and we would come home to dirt all over the carpet, but she’s hardly paid attention to them these days. We put smooth stones over the dirt in the palm tree pot to try to deter her. So far so good!

  • Hello Terri,
    Your Mum works in the perfect workplace. Love the terrarium.

    Happy days.
    Bev.

    • Thanks Bev. Yes, my mum does work in the perfect place. And she loves it too. Everyone there is always so nice and helpful. It’s a huge greenhouse so it’s great fun to visit.

  • I don’t think I realized your mother worked here. No wonder you love plants and flowers!

    • Yes, Cindy, my mom has worked at that greenhouse for a few years, since she went back to school after retirement to learn horticulture and landscape design. She has taught me a lot about plans and gardening!

  • Elizabeth - Lili and Mum's

    Pretty! Since your mom works in a greenhouse with poinsettias, you might know the answer to this question: How do you get poinsettias to turn red? I have one from a past Christmas that is always green once it lost it’s initial red leaves.

    • Poinsettias are native to Central America so it’s a little tricky to get them to turn red again. I think you have to put them in total darkness for 12-14 hours a day for about 8 weeks.

      • Elizabeth - Lili and Mum's

        Yikes! I was afraid of it being more complicated. Oh, well. It’s pretty as it is. Thanks!

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