Put a Plant on it.
I am taking baby steps to conquer a weakness… my brown/murderous plant killing thumb. This single new year’s resolution came about after house sitting a few months back. I was responsible for the welfare of two dogs and an absurd amount of plants, and while the dogs and most of the plants survived my temporary rule, I did manage to kill a good amount of orchids.
Fast forward four months, I am now the proud owner of three plants and we are going strong! (Okay, one is an aloe, it still counts). I’ve always been a big fan live plants, flowers, sprigs, branches…any living vegetation in a room. I suspect this stems from growing up in a house full of enormous ferns in Brazil, which were lovingly tended to by my grandmother. She always told us that we must talk to our plants as we care for them…apparently we need to fertilize, re-pot, water and strategically place them in the correct environment too. Whatever you have to do…It’s worth it, just take a look…
Via Elle Decor
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If you are also new to the house plant game and want to get your feet wet in 2011, here are three that are easy to care for. They will probably make you feel like a green-thumb hero and will most definitely make your place look that much better. In addition to the easy care instructions below…make sure you chat with your plants on a regular basis. Therapeutic, my Gram was onto something.
Jade plants will do well with indirect sunlight and small pots, they will also store water like crazy (bonus). Plus they are super fleshy and look like little sculptures.
Consider the Pothos plant (fancy name:Epipremnum Aureum) almost fool proof. This thing will thrive in just about any environment as long as you water it and give it some sunlight.
This is the ZZ plant (fancy name: Zamioculcas Zamiifolia). This one is great if your place does not get a lot of light, it can survive your failure to water (to a degree). Pretty much handles neglect like a champ. I have one, I can vouch for it. Read more about it here.