Aloha, fellow plant enthusiasts!
I was thrilled when Urban Jungle Bloggers revealed their "Tropicool" blog challenge. Living in Hawaii, I welcome styling my home into a cool, tropical retreat.
For more inspiration, I visited Paiko, my favorite plant shop in Honolulu.
Everything in this plant boutique is fresh and gorgeous. Their flower bar (below) features locally sourced blooms and foliage, including monstera leaves, palm fronds, red ginger, beehive ginger, pincushion protea, and a rainbow of anthuriums. I handpicked two usual anthuriums and a beehive ginger to take home.
I arranged the green and orange anthuriums and beehive ginger from Paiko with homegrown pink anthuriums, monstera leaves, and snake plant cuttings. Staggering the length of the flowers and leaves and using an odd number of items are tricks for an eye-catching arrangement. My only regret is not buying more beehive ginger! (Oh, well. Next time!)
Bringing fresh flowers into the living room instantly added a tropical feel, which I complemented with local Kamiya papayas and apple bananas. I love the citrus from squeezed lemon on my papayas.
On my coffee table is 'Ohi, a rich resource about local plants and flowers with tips on how to take cuttings and create beautiful arrangements.
This arrangement will last for weeks with regular water changes. The snake plant and monstera leaves will eventually grow roots in water.
I like how the pink anthuriums match the Target throwpillows. The floral pillow adds a fun tropical flair.
And my favorite guide for houseplant care and styling is this book (above). I am continuously inspired by its interviews with houseplant enthusiasts. Urban Jungle is an indispensable how-to for any plant lover with awesome tips for raising specific houseplants and styling them in your home.
The jade plant cuttings and tillandsia (air plant) flank the mini dinosaurs. I surround the electronics with my urban jungle to conceal the boxes. My airy, bright living room is perfect for the snake plants, monsteras, fern, and peace lily. I think it's true that plants enjoy each other's company.
As I'm posting this, the beehive ginger flowers. It's the queen bee. And the pink anthurium plant is our princess.
Wishing you a "tropicool" summer,
Last Fall I brought home my first houseplant that lived.
After overwatering a dieffenbachia to its death, I wanted a hardy plant for my bedroom. I found this sansevieria (snake plant) at Ko'olau Farmers, our neighborhood nursery. At Geobunga, my boyfriend and I picked this pearly ceramic pot and earthy saucer. Our urban jungle began.
To my surprise, our sansevieria flowered a few months later in January. It flowered for a week, but each gardenia-scented bloom lasted only one day.
Soon after, at Paiko, Kaka'ako's botanical boutique, I adopted this young heart-leaf philodendron (a.k.a. monstera).
My enthusiasm for indoor greenery grew. Most weekends I visited the nursery and returned with syngoniums, a golden pothos, another snake plant, and one more monstera. Our bedroom became an oasis.
And plants took over @jadejournals.
Then a peace lily, dwarf snake plant (unpictured), and calathea from Glenn's Orchids in Waimanalo joined the family.
My desire for plants didn't stop there. From a neighborhood plant sale, I adopted this indigenous kupukupu fern, spider plant, and caladium lindenii.
Then tradescantia tricolor cuttings arrived in the mail from Florida. I bought them on Etsy. My boyfriend said, "Who gets plants in the mail?!"
Recently, we moved to a new apartment. Eighteen plants came with us. I am sure we have room for more.
I'm Jade: a plant lover, plant mama, apartment dweller, and teacher living in Honolulu.
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