Meet the Leafy Bunch: Our little family of plants amassed over two months in the new house.
Our greenlove sprouted at the 9th and 9th Smith's (by our old apartment), where Chris and I used to grocery shop. When we were out snagging supplies for a healthy Sunday dinner (scallops with white bean and bacon topping, anyone?), we'd always swipe a bouquet of discount flowers from the "manager's special" bin in the floral department. And though that's a pretty automatic accoutrement to a nice dinner, we found that we really just enjoyed the life those flowers brought to our house for the week to come.
So, the family grew.
|Remember this guy from my birthday? He's gettin' big, huh?|
|A wedding present from my yoga guru adds life to the living room, kinda like this picture of Chris and his 'MaMa.'|
|Can't get enough of this guy's tropical vibe.|
We'll also still have "manager's special" visitors from time to time (remember those funky-colored flowers I rescued? They're STILL alive on my windowsill).
I'm stroking one of their silky petals right now, and I feel calm, and purposeful. It's like, here are these delicate little lives I'm responsible for, who need me and love me unconditionally.
OK, I don't know if they have the capacity to love, but I choose to believe they do. :)
I wanted to love them back today, so I used some of my tricks to give them a little extra boost.
1. Vitamin Water
After steaming veggies, I'm left with a pot full of nutrient-rich water that would be BLASPHEMY to pour down the drain. So, instead, I give my plants this densely nutritious vitamin water. Just make sure you let it cool, first.
(This act also falls in line with how I try to water my plants with "excess" water: Water that's collected in a bowl in the sink; a guest's half-full, discarded water glass; even a leftover beer.)
2. A Cup o' Joe
Cleaning out our coffee bean grinder (yes, we're sooo fancy) daily yields a mountain of rich grounds, which I dry for a day on a paper towel and then put to use in multiple ways. One of those ways is sprinkling on my plants' soil. The nitrogen in the grounds is a great mineral for plant growth! And not only are the grounds a natural pesticide, but also a fertilizer that makes for faster absorbtion of nutrients.
3. Singin' in the Rain
On a rainy day, I like to let my plants go au naturale! I get 'em all outside to bathe their leaves in and soak up the natural stuff.
4. Talk the Talk
Just when I think I'm ready to finally try this, I get into a gigglefest the moment the first words stumble out of my mouth..."How was your day?" Die. Laughing. And I haven't even gotten into my good material: "Damn, check out the stems on you! Don't ever leaf me!" :)