Well, I think I’ve picked a bad time to become plant-obsessed, considering the fact that it’s winter and that two out of the three houseplants I’ve been dumb enough to order on Amazon this month have died. I keep researching vegetable gardens, even though I probably have months to go before I can even start anything. And no matter how many times I read that the best time to propagate plants is in the spring, I still have a little plastic bag-covered tupperware makeshift garden going strong (kind of) in front of our least cold window.
I go through phases, and right now I just really like plants. I like getting ’70s plant books from the thrift stores (especially ones with puns in the title—my favorite is The Facts of Light), following gardening boards on Pinterest, and I especially like going to plant stores. The photo above is an outtake from that upcoming Nashville article Drew and I worked on—I wrote about my favorite places in town, and had to include Gardens of Babylon in there. All Seasons, a store that sells plants and gardening and beer-making supplies, is really good too.
Some of my favorite plants (and planters) below: an echeveria in a pot made for me by Lauren (she also made me an amazing hanging planter I have to photograph sometime), an airplant in a thrifted candle holder, a cactus, an aloe, and an Amazon-ed ZZ plant that I accidently broke after taking this photo. And not exactly a plant, but plant-related: soaps sent to me from Ingrid Starnes to help get the word out about their new frangrance. It’s Vetyver Bergamot, and I don’t even know what bergamot smells like (haven’t gotten into flowers yet), but it makes me think of spring so I like it.
Not pictured: a giant snake plant, my favorite cactus in a wooden pot Drew made for my birthday, my sickly staghorn fern, my Lowes ZZ plant replacement, some boring plants, and the poor, dead fiddle leaf fig I ordered online during a historic cold spell.
I also have a ton of airplants (well, 11?) I need to photograph. They were my gateway drug. I probably have too many as it is, but I’m going to Florida soon for a little weekend trip and I have a feeling that I might be bringing some more plants home with me.
Photos by Drew