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The secret to making your succulents grow.

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Do not touch them. Ever. Really! Just don’t touch them. Well, okay, you can touch them but know that when you touch them you are actually stunting their growth. Isn’t this sad? It was sad for me since I was hoping my pretty succulents would take the place of real life pets, but no, they don’t. They don’t want to be messed with. Ever.

See proof here. These little guys only started growing when I was on vacation. Grrr.
suck
And you can see I’ve included the new growth on my Yucca plant. Is it a succulent? I don’t know, but it sure does act like it!

Now, if you want a plant you can play with everyday. I highly recommend the (Boston) FERN! Ferns are so much fun. They want to be watered and misted and like when you remove their dead leaves. Ahh Ferny, I love ya!
fern

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07/30/2010 at 4:33

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postcard in a jar

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jar
Easy and pretty. Just tuck a postcard into a jar. I’m using one that came free with an order from Ink & Spindle and a Safeway jelly jar. Peeking out, you’ll see one of my etsy air plants.

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06/17/2010 at 4:33

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madonnas in the house

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The 12″ sits on the kitchen counter and the 6″ baby madonna sits on the shelving unit.
mary
I really like the look of the aloe stems poking out around the larger one.

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06/11/2010 at 4:33

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call me crazy (bottle lady)

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When I was a kid, my Mom and various aunts (I have many) routinely washed and reused containers for storing leftovers. Popular ones were yogurt, margarine and sour cream. It was always disappointing when I peeled back a familiar lid and did not find the thing I was looking for inside. Of course, their leftover food was perfectly fine; my childhood tastes just happened to be more grilled cheese & twinkies and less mug, dal, shaak or rotli.

Funny that now I’m the one who is the crazy bottle lady. I cannot bring myself to toss *any* glass bottle away – and I’m talking about into the recycle bin! As a result of this kooky habit, I’ve been using bottles (some painted, some not) all over the house for branches, plants, flowers or just displaying them bare. Needless to say, Goo Gone and I share quite an intimate relationship.

bottles

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06/04/2010 at 4:33

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plants, love + madonna

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I purchased a 10″ version for less than $20 shipped and a 5″ planter for less than $10 shipped on ebay over the last couple of days. From my research so far, Hull or Haeger are the popular makers of the simpler all-white versions. And I don’t think you have to be religious or a “believer” to appreciate these planters. As a mother who finds herself a wee bit frazzled these days, I think the patient and kind expressions will serve to calm me. Always a good thing.

There are a few pretties available on etsy right now too:

madonna
from msmichiganroux

madonna
from merrysunshine

madonna
from AshgarStudios

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05/28/2010 at 4:33

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green day

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Last night, I packed the kids up, made a trip to our local big box garden store and came away with some green goodies.

Now I have my very own string of pearls. So delicious looking. But don’t eat them – they are poisonous.
my very own string of pearls

And a couple of hanging lovelies for the patio.
hanging plants for the patio
Can a Boston Fern be happy outdoors in California? I remember seeing them hanging all over in New Orleans, but it is incredibly wet out there.

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05/28/2010 at 4:33

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plant crush

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Hey, string of pearls. I’m coming for you.

I want to eat these. I mean, I want to grow these.

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05/26/2010 at 4:33

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