Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Underrated Houseplant

I just don't think houseplants get the credit they deserve. They are incredibly inexpensive, come in a variety of colours and textures, are easy to care for and they last a long time. What's not to love about all that? Do any of you have houseplants? Hate them? Have a brown thumb? Fill me in.

I believe this is an aspargus fern. It's perfectly happy sitting in some vintage pottery.

A gardenia (about to flower again) sits on the window sill in our bathroom.

I believe this is an asparagus fern as well. Feel free to correct me if need be! This cute canvas planter, by Serax, is from Orling & Wu here in Vancouver.

A beautiful begonia sitting in pottery by Bison (a fantastic Australian company).

Now, this next bit is not a houseplant, but thought I'd show you a bit of a "before and after" of our, once unwelcoming/hideous, front entrance.

Booo.

A selection of plants picked up for 30% off. Whoohoo!

A little more welcoming now. The pot is huge, but very light weight (when empty!) and it also doubles as a chalkboard. This makes me happy.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Back on Monday for Baked on Monday. I think it will be some kind of bread. I have to take a break from butter for one week ;)

34 comments:

Jane said...

I agree. Houseplants are considered very 1970s but we all need some green inside. I would actually like a House Tree in my living area but haven't the faintest idea was kind I need (maybe a fig)> Love your entrance xoxo

Gifts of Serendipity said...

A house really isn't a home without at least one plant is it.
Am LOVING your welcoming pot at the front door, does it have a matching twin for those who sneek in via the back?
x Felicity

brismod said...

I love your houseplants and your Bison pottery. A little bit of nature in the house is a great thing. I've got a lovely white orchid in the kitchen as well as a flowering bromeliad. And in my front entry I have a bullet planter with a spider plant and a glazed pot with sansevieria.xx

Pinecone Camp said...

Yeah for all you plant lovers! Oh, and I don't have a matching twin for the back. That's another story. ;)

Marisa Midori said...

Working at Westcoast Gardens turned me into a houseplant lover. I picked up tons of plants from work like lovely rex begonias (I'm fascinated by these!), crotons, wandering jews (gorgeous leaves), and pothos'. I wish I could take them all with me to my apartment in Milwaukee!

(Also, loving that chalkboard planter!)

Make mine Mid-Century said...

I love an indoor plant! I do admire your begonia ... it's too colourful. And all your plants look to be thriving.

Indoor plants are very "Annie Hall"! Thus, they have my seal of approval.

Their potting mixture also serves as a snack for my one-year-old, whenever it takes her fancy.

Just Martha said...

That asparagus fern looks so h-e-a-l-t-h-y. Well done!

Maria said...

Just saying hi from the BYW e-course. I could relate to your blogs in the homework assignment (er which I haven't done yet!). I love cooking and baking so I'd love to see what you have in store for us on Monday! x

kitty said...

Ok, wait a minute - I like houseplants,especially yours - gorgerous!! BUT-- I just recall some past ex boyfriend thinking he could decorate his place with 70's ferns in macrome hanging contraptions. 9 times out of ten those poor plants would be dying, thirsty and drooping in that orange macrome...shame.

Needless to say, your houseplants are not like those frat boy plants! hahha! xo
p.s i have a brown thumb!

Flo said...

What a biautiful welcome ! I love the differents colors and hights...

sunday collector said...

I'm a big fan of the indoor plant - they are good for the air inside too! Love the chalkboard pot, what a lovely idea.

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

love that pot by the front door - looks brilliant! jx

Jaclyn said...

love house plants!

Gina said...

what a cute "hello" flower pot!
those begonas are so pretty.

Vintage Home said...

....Love the front door!...I Great pot!...smart girl!..as always
I have the same fern as your first one ...and I have kept it alive for almost a year...
I must say you have the best plant holders & a great bathroom!
Fun to see some of YOUR home!

'odd and old' Linda Dacey said...

I HATE houseplants! as if I haven't enough to do already without tending a dust harbourer! should I be unfortunate to recieve one I delight in starving it of love and killing it off quick. Darn cacti are hard to finish off...

lisaroyhandbags said...

I've always loved houseplants but after so many moves, most haven't survived so I go for fresh flowers instead. Love your canvas planter and your entrance looks great with your chalkboard container! :)

the southern hostess said...

Such happy little plants! I can't manage to keep any alive.

christine, just bella said...

I love how plants add some life to a room! Though I only seem to have a few rooms in the house where they get this life... not enough sun in the other, I guess.

I LOVE your little 'hello' pot, what a sweet little entrance! So great to see some of your house!

Lady Grey said...

I completely agree, house plants make a place so much more homey and welcoming.

Gigi said...

Okay, I love that chalkboard pot! And I love houseplants. I have them all over the house as well as on the glassed-in porch. I think they look amazing if they are well kept and watered and thriving, and are in beautiful pots. Plus, they help clean they air. What could be better? I'm so glad that you posted about this!

the chirpy bird said...

My mum always says, "happy plants make a happy home" :)
xo tash

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

I'm afraid I'm not that kind of plant lover...
Do have a wonderful week! xxx

Emma said...

great minds must think alike...I just posted about a houseplant too - although a much bigger one - the fiddleleaf fig. i think plants can make an interior!

mise said...

You're good at plant-pots! No boring old terracotta in sight at all.

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

Chalkboard!? brilliant! and so cute.
I'm experiencing a new love of house plants too. Am trying 3 little basil plants and will post them friday. I'll be sure to reserve comment in a week or two when I've killed them though.
At least I am good at keeping the kids alive. xo

jan said...

Loving all your plants. I always kill mine. always. even cacti.

And the new entryway is beautiful! Love that pot.

elisa rathje said...

beautiful transformation. i love houseplants, but i have to have enough of them to remember to water them, too few and i neglect them. it also helps to have watering cans that i love. x

Kristen said...

I do like the warmth plants add to a room, but they die too quickly under my care :) I love that chalkboard pot! And I don't think it's too big - the size is perfect for the entryway!

Pooch Morning Glory said...

i have no plants inside right now. it was all i could do to get the kids off to university :)
maybe now i can get a plant.... haha
i love the chalkboard planter. neat idea
~laura

passport in my pocket said...

I adore houseplants! But I don't have a garden anymore, so it's my only green thumb outlet ;) I really love Jade indoors, in the direct sun, they just thrive. A beautiful succulent.

Anonymous said...

It took me a while, but I love houseplants now. That might be because I've stopped killing them.
I have to say I love that chalkboard planter. Where is it from?

Pinecone Camp said...

Anonymous, the planter is from a store, here in Vancouver, called Bloomfields. It was 30% off, so I couldn't afford not to buy it!

Bridget said...

you are absolutely right- they deserve a little more accolade.
i have a few that just will not die and i love them for it.