bringing nature inside

I know this time of year we are all spending more and more time outdoors.
Whether we are gardening, swimming, hiking, simply enjoying our patios or participating in a slew of other outdoor activities.
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But during this time of year I also enjoy bringing many plants inside as well, to enjoy nature when we’re indoors.
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I bought these three piggy back ferns at my local nursery for my cast iron urns on the dining room table.
I love, Love, LOVE ferns.  Indoor or outdoors, BUT I find that I have a hard time with the ones I bring inside the home.
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So… why pray tell would I torture myself further by bringing home these beauties ?
Well… the lady that worked at the nursery saw me eyeing them and started talking to me and I explained how I love ferns but find them to be super delicate.
And….she taught me a trick; well really not a trick but rather how to maintain them.
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Ferns thrive in moisture.
So instead of my weekly watering routine for indoor houseplants I have to keep these moist at all times,  watering them about every third day.
It’s working like a charm.
See how the leaves grow one on top of the other?  Hence the name piggy back fern.  Another factoid the nursery lady taught me.
I love knowledgeable plant people.
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I also added this trio in the kitchen jardiniere.
These are pretty hardy houseplants so I’m not worried about maintaining these.
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I love the brightness they bring to this side of the kitchen.
{besides plants I also have children and a dog hence the marred walls.}
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Another plant love of mine is variegated leaves.
The contrast in greens and yellow | creams gets me every time.
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I also added this plant on top of the curio cabinet in the kitchen.
This isn’t necessarily a new plant, but found it was getting too leggy in the planter over the kitchen sink.
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So I thought it would trail nicely inside this bird cage|terrarium.
I hope it gets enough light on top of the curio so I’m keeping a close eye on it.
You can see  & read more about the curio cabinet here.
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I also got this asparagus fern for the other side of the kitchen now that I’m rocking the fern thing {wink}.
This one seems way more delicate than the piggy back variety so fingers crossed.  I’ll keep you posted.
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These are just extra hydrangea leaves I trimmed off of stems I brought inside.
I couldn’t just throw them out so I stuck them in water in a jar on my windowsill over my kitchen sink.
Every time I do dishes they make me smile.
You can read more about how I shared bringing the outside in last year here.
Happy Houseplanting !
sharing @:
swing into spring @ diy by design
wonderful wednesday @ oh my heartsie girl
wow @ savvy southern style
wake-up wednesday @ god’s growing garden
vintage charm @ charm bracelet diva
home & garden @ a delightsome life
share your cup @ have a daily cup of mrs. olson
home sweet home @ the charm of home
share your style @ little farmstead
the inspiration gallery @ craftberry bush
feathered nest friday @ french country cottage
morning cup of joe @ the cottage market
simple&sweet @ rooted in thyme
shabbilicious friday @ shabby art boutique
friday 5 features @ diy vintage chic
pinworthy projects @ my suburban kitchen
craft frenzy @ craft dictator
5 star frou frou @ a tray of bliss
the creative collection @the crafted sparrow
party palooza @ i heart naptime
saturday sparks @ pieced pastimes
a bouquet of talent @ life on lakeshore drive
share it one more time @ lilacs & longhorns
sundays at home @ love of home
creative corner @ curly crafty mom
amaze me monday @ dwellings- the heart of your home
show&share @ coastal charm
the scoop @ stonegable
inspire me @ my uncommon slice of suburbia
metamorphis monday @ between naps on the porch
celebrate your story @ the sweet sensations
make it pretty monday @ the dedicated house
mmm @ keeping it simple
inspire me tuesday @ a stroll thru life
tweak it tuesday @ cozy little house
talk of the town @ knick of time
the inspiration board @ carolyn’s homework

 

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7 Comments

  1. MaryJo I love a knowledgeable and passionate horticulturalist too. You learn so much from them! Thanks for sharing these tips at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. Mimi xxx

  2. Asparagus ferns are my favorite! You and I must have gone to the same Plant Care school! I kill everything pretty much. Well, at least inside. Thank goodness we have a yard filled with hydrangea bushes that thrive each year! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xoKathleen

  3. Beautiful Mary Jo! Thanks for sharing the tip. I don’t have a lot of luck either. Rosemary is about the only plant I can get to do well indoors. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  4. Your plants are beautiful and so healthy! Green plants add so much warmth to a home and we’re delighted that you shared your links with us at Celebrate Your Story.

  5. thanks sandra. my mom always said a home needs plants & books to add warmth & comfort. and i agree with her 100%. i have plenty of both in our home. lol. xo- mj

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