🌱 My Plants – Part One

As I mentioned in my July round-up post and excessively on social media, I’ve recently become a plants mom. I bought my first indoor plant last month, and has since grown my collection from zero to seventeen. πŸ™Š

I had never thought that I would be into plants at all. Especially since I grew up surrounded by them in my family home where they annoyed me for getting in the way of my playing area during my younger days.

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My friend @xcarlyboo recently said that I look like I've become so much happier with the recent addition in my life β€” plants. I never thought that being a plant mom would bring me this much joy, but they do!⁣ ⁣ I think a huge part of my love for them has been around the lack of greenery I see on a day-to-day because of city centre living. I'm very vocal with how much I miss Sheffield (especially in my first year of moving away) – my home and route to uni was surrounded by trees and a short ride to the Peak District.⁣ ⁣ Although my new home in Leeds will never replicate the beauties of the Peaks, seeing just a bit of fresh green dotted around has been good for my mind and soul. πŸ’š It also reminds me of my mom who is the best plant mom I know of – nurturing baby plants the same time she's nurturing two small kids was a challenge! But she's done it! Rocking both awesome kids (ie talking about myself and my sister here πŸ˜‚) and tall Avacado trees, huge ivys and orchids. 🌱⁣ ⁣ Buying plants won't solve your problems, but I've found they've helped me deal with them better. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ It's science, I swear. (Also going to flex, yo, I have some science degree so trust me πŸ˜‰)⁣ ⁣ πŸ“Έ Tripod and a clicker does wonders when bae still hasn't gotten home and you look fire.⁣ 🌱 Behind me are my trialing plants – ivy, string of hearts, fishbone cactus and heart-leaf Philodendron from @theplantpoint and Leeds Kirkgate Marketplace.⁣ πŸ‘• Tee that reads "crazy plant lady" from @etsy, earrings from @y_paros and headband from a cute little shop I forgot to take note of in Naxos. πŸ™ˆ

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To be honest, I never really appreciated Sheffield’s greenery (both city and my home) until the day I left. City living had me craving the feeling of being surrounded by nature.

Owning plants seemed to be the best option to replicate even a bit of homely vibes into another flat in the middle of a busy city. Although I can never beat the fresh air mixed with familiarity of home, I could try my best!

So then… came my new favourite hobby – visiting plant stores nearby and welcoming each plant to their new environment. My favourite stores in Leeds have been The Plant Point at the Leeds Corn Exchange and the marketplace at Kirkgate Market. Both have a large collection of various plants alongwith all the extras – soil, pots, accessories – you name it!

Today I wanted to share a few of the plants that have made it into my flat, and who have since made the whole place feel like home. ✨ I’ve decided to split this into a few posts so that it doesn’t get too overwhelming!

The collection

Calathea White Star

I was a bit of a plant noob when I bought my Calathea – it was my first plant. πŸ˜‚

I didn’t realise how high maintance they are in comparison to other plants. I’ve already had some moments where I think I’ve killed her, but she was just being a bit of a diva. πŸ˜† I’ve moved my Calathea a few times now and found that she thrives best in the bathroom where the humidity is high.

A photo of my Calathea White Star indoor plant
Calathea White Star

Even though Calatheas can be a bit of a pain, watching them pray every night makes the high drama so worth it. Check out my time-lapse below:

Fittonia

I’m still so sad about my Fittonia, because I actually killed this one by overwatering mixed with overfeeding. Again, one of my first plants, I wasn’t quite aware of how to fully take care of them. But you learn and I know I definitley have since!

Here’s a photo of when I first got her… I will take better care of my next Fittonia.

My first plant = Fittonia
Fittonia

Mexican Snowball

One of my favourites to look at because of how pretty it looks (like a little flower!) and with a plus – it is so low maintance.

A photo of my Mexican Snowball indoor plant
Mexican Snowball

Heartleaf philodendron

This is a species of flowering plant in the family Araceae, native to Central America and the Caribbean. I had to get one when I saw the heart-shaped leaf, they are so gorgeous and can grow super long 😍 This one is part of my trialing plants collection.

A photo of my Heartleaf philodendron
Heartleaf philodendron

Spider plant

I bought a spider plant after watching a few plant videos on “the easiest indoor plants to take care of!” I got my spider plant for a lot cheaper than usual, just because it wasn’t in her best shape and needed a new nuturing home.

Initally I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to help her bounce back, but she is doing so well now with some new growth already 😊

A photo of my spider plant
Spider plant

Crassula “Buddha’s Temple”

These first caught my eye on the Plant Point’s Instagram page. I had never seen anything like them before! It was one of those, “damn, mothernature is gooooood!” moments. πŸ˜‚

A front view of my Crassula "Buddha's Temple"
Crassula “Buddha’s Temple” front view

Again, relatively low maintance and is a great conversation starter – just because of how interesting he looks!

A photo of my Crassula "Buddha's Temple" in bird's eyeview
Crassula “Buddha’s Temple” bird’s eyeview

Aglaonema Silver Queen

And finally, the last one for this post is another one of my favourites… The Silver Queen. Being relatively low maintance (low light plant? what?! 😱) but also listed as one of the best houseplants to have because of her air-purifying abilities, she is honestly the best type of queen. πŸ‘‘

A photo of my Aglaonema Silver Queen
Aglaonema Silver Queen

Do you own any houseplants? Tell me all about them! πŸ‘‡πŸ»

You can find Part Two to this series here.

2 responses to “🌱 My Plants – Part One”

  1. Wow, you have some awesome ones. I especially like β€œBuddha’s Temple” and Calathea White Star. I love how it “prays”. Reminds me of this one plant we had. When you touched the leaves they would close up.

    I have some plants, but should be taking better care of them. Have some bamboo, roses, a baby pine tree, and an aloe plant.

    1. Sounds like you have your own little collection there Megan! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Yeah, the Calathea is one of my favourites.

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