This is the spider plant that dominates the living room. Back when my oldest child was in preschool, his class went on a field trip to a greenhouse. Each child was given a baby spider plant. I didn’t try real hard not to kill it: I don’t like spider plants. Of course it is thriving, and has thrivened for years, and when I am an incapacitated invalid it will be moved to my hospital bedside because my caretakers will imagine that such an old and healthy plant must be special to me.
I bought a peppermint plant this year for the kitchen. It has two jobs. One: Ant control. I’d read that ants don’t like mint. (Do you see that tiny little black thing on one of the leaves? IT IS AN ANT.) Two: Boozy infusions. I’m hoping to make peppermint-flavored vodka.
I bought a little “Christmas Tree Kit” from Target’s dollar section last Christmas. This is the third pot of them I’ve started, chosen for this photo based on cuteness: the bigger ones are less twee, more tree. I keep them on my kitchen windowsill, not on the outside railing, but the kitchen windowsill had very poor light for a portrait. My plan is to plant all these trees in the yard eventually, for shade and windbreak.
This basil, too, resides on the kitchen windowsill when not posing for its portrait. I started this on a whim, because Paul loves pesto. But…now what? They need to be transplanted, but I’m really more about the “putting seeds into the cute pot” and less about the “weeding and tending.”
I love jade plants; they’re so shiny and pretty, in a way the photo doesn’t do justice. They’re extremely easy to propogate: you just snap off a stem piece just above a two-leaf spread, and stick the stemmy end into the dirt. Or, if you want to be all botanist about it, you can first balance it in a little dish of water until you see roots, and THEN plant it. I had a jade plant in college and I gave away its babies to everyone I knew. Then the jade suffered a dorm-related accident, which shouldn’t have been fatal but was.
ANYWAY, so when I was at the vet’s office and saw they had a large jade, I snapped off a baby and put it into my purse. Then I FORGOT ABOUT IT FOR TWO DAYS. When I remembered about it, I planted it more on a whim than anything else: I’m no botanist, but I know you can’t typically take a cutting and then leave it in a purse for two days. And yet–it rooted and it put out those two littlest leaves you see on the top.
Mrs. Meyer’s lemon verbena scent is my favorite, and it smells a lot like one of my favorite perfumes (L’Eau de L’Artisan). (Forgive me, L’Artisan, for comparing your expensive French perfume to a cleaning product.) So when I saw that a lemon verbena plant could be purchased and brought home, I did so. But…now what? I took a leaf and kind of squished it up and rubbed it on my neck and wrists, and two things happened: (1) I smelled like Lemon Pledge, and (2) I itched. I’m wondering, though, if I could add leaves to a spritz bottle of homemade cleaning fluid, to make it smell a little nicer?
Sunflowers! These are fun to plant because they grow so fast. We’re hoping to harvest the seeds to feed the birds this winter, but we don’t really know how to do that so my guess is that the birds will just eat them now.
What are you growing, and why?