A greenhouse?

Friday, February 8, 2013 Permalink

I’ve talked more about ‘interiors’ in this blog in the last few months than in the previous (four) years combined! I guess moving house gives you the opportunity to reinvent yourself a little – something I obviously have decided to make the most of. And quite frankly – if I was still working and had money – I’d probably dump most of my current furniture and start afresh. But alas…

However, while I’m on the ‘interiors’ subject, I thought I’d gauge your thoughts on plants. Inside.

My own parents weren’t very (ummm…. how to say it politely?!) green-fingered*.  In fact, back then we had a couple of outside pot plants and a few trees that survived our boxer dog’s puppy years (he loved feasting on them!). Naturally I’d ‘done’ macramé at school, so we also had faux greenery hanging in lime green and orange macramé hanging pot plant holders (it WAS the late 70s/early 80s!).

80s pic

At University I copied everyone else’s interior-decorating expertise succumbed to peer pressure and installed a little happy plant in my dorm room, but cannot recall how long it survived or if it was constantly being reincarnated (like children’s goldfish or budgies)!

Then when a friend and I moved into an apartment in the late 1980s one of the first things we bought (as well as things on which to sit and sleep etc) were a couple of indoor palms – very popular back then and possibly still so today. I have to admit again I cannot recall how the poor plants fared as we weren’t great at tending to things (though we did have goldfish which lasted an inordinate amount of time – and that’s a whole other story).

I next toyed with the idea of indoor plants after watching The Jane Austen Book Club. I’ve already mentioned the familiar comfort the movie gave (gives, still… possibly?) me. As a fan of Maria Bello and relating to her character (Jocelyn) I found myself envying her house – it seemed homely and inviting: the sort of place in which a vibrant (but not young) single woman should be living! When I looked closely to see what was so alluring I realised she had plants. So I went out and bought an indoor plant for my place.

Alas, for some reason a plant just didn’t fit. It looked wrong. Out of place. (As an aside, it might not have been Jocelyn’s plants after all. Possibly the furniture. Or the toy boy love interest!)

And more recently? My habit of watching shows of the 70s and 80s (like Murder She Wrote) where rooms are resplendent with greenery and hanging pot plants, simply reinforces my sense that plants inside are just wrong!

However… having left all but one of my plants at my old abode, over the last few months I’ve I had to buy new greenery for my verandah – opposite the sea and in constant sun. Fortunately, after much consideration (ie. asking the guy at a Bunnings store!) I bought two very hardy Yucca plants (see pic on left).

I had thought they’d complement the third plant which survived my move: some lily type thing.

And the Yuccas are doing well. As well as looking particularly stylish (if I do say so myself), they don’t seem to mind the sea breeze or constant sun. And – more importantly – they willingly forgive me if I forget to water them for weeks days at a time.

plant mostly deadBut – dum dum (ie. cue dramatic music!) my once-pretty lily thing is not faring well on my sunny and sea-salty balcony. With no other outdoor space, it may have to be euthanised or… I’m thinking….. I could try it inside.

I’m mentioned that I’m struggling to make my place feel more homey, but will my wilting lily do the trick?

So, what’s the verdict? Plants inside? Too 1980s or kinda comforting?

* I should note that my mother now has stacks of plants and they are all surviving quite happily!

  • Debyl1
    February 8, 2013

    I like indoor plants as they add a fresh relaxing feel to a home.The air cleaning is an added bonus.

    • Debbish
      February 9, 2013

      Hi Deb, well if there’s scientific proof, then I’ll have to do it and I have something to back me up if anyone ever laughs at me… I suspect that they just didn’t fit into my old style – though I didn’t trial a lot of plants inside. Not sure how the lily will go in this place, but the pot I put it in will probably need some consideration as well!


  • Carolyn
    February 8, 2013

    Deb, to be true to the 80’s you MUST have the maiden hair in the Bathroom!!!

    I was a little distracted initially by the Xanadu poster, but did eventually notice the macramé plant holder. I remember making many hangers to decorate our front verandah. Very stylish. But beware I have noticed the word macramé appearing in recent craft magazines. Can’t wait to get my students into the craze.

    • Debbish
      February 9, 2013

      I also saw some macrame recently Carolyn. Very scary and deja-vuish! Can’t even imagine how you’d bring it into the 21st century so it looked vaguely stylish!

      Don’t think we ever had maidenhair, but I have had the odd fake bathroom plant!

  • Lou Lou
    February 8, 2013

    I say yes to indoor plants! However, nothing has survived in my apartment though, my mum’s green thumb gene never made it to her 5th born…

    • Debbish
      February 9, 2013

      Yes, I need to have plants that aren’t averse to a bit of neglect…

  • @Kanga_Rue
    February 8, 2013

    YES! Indoor plants are good. Macramé not so much! (we had a purple one, from my very own hands, when I was growing up too).

    I need do some plant shopping too. There are actually hooks in the new place, though I think I’ll resist using them (for now).

    LOVE the Xanadu poster (& how cute were you?).

    • Debbish
      February 9, 2013

      I couldn’t work out any way of hiding the poster OR the stuffed animals I won at the local show (one year I scored HUGELY on the basketball shots game – I did have a bit of an unfair advantage, playing the real thing – A LOT!)

      I was also a bit worried about the hair. Guess it was 1982 or 1983 (I would have been 14 or so!).

  • Jackie Birch
    February 12, 2013

    Just wanted to say got my planner today, and am stoked with it…. thanks for the opportunity to win one, and I will be getting one every year now, I am so in love with them 🙂

    • Debbish
      February 13, 2013

      Thanks for letting me know Jackie. Glad you love it. I certainly like mine!

  • Neen
    February 23, 2013

    Dear God Deb, move that poor plant inside!!

    I don’t mind plants inside, even though I don’t actually have any. But this whole macrame trend of pot hangers coming back is quite concerning. Is it just me or are they ugly?

    • Neen
      February 23, 2013

      Your poor little plant, it hates the beach as much as you do, haha.

    • Debbish
      February 25, 2013

      Plant is now inside! I cut the brown bits off so I can monitor how it goes inside (and now that I can see it I water it – possibly too much!).

      I completely agree re the macrame thing. I cannot imagine how someone could possibly bring those into the 21st century!

  • Nikki @ Styling You
    February 23, 2013

    That photo! Xanadu!!

    • Debbish
      February 25, 2013

      I know. I cannot believe I shared it there were SO many things wrong with that pic!

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