Aloha plant fans,
Sadly, I barely remember the last time I blogged about plants. The university semester started on August 21st and I've been absorbed with coaching college freshmen on their writing.
I spent the last few weeks reviving my houseplants.
Yes, I've watered them regularly (some too regularly...), but I neglected to trim the dead parts, fertilize, and groom them. I was giving my plants minimal care and attention. I realized that they not only needed care, attention, and debugging, I missed my plant grooming therapy too.
So cheers to returning to regular blogging and plant mothering.
Today I fondly remember the Tiny Plant Shop, a cozy plant store within Echo & Atlas, a chic boutique in Honolulu's Chinatown. I stumbled upon this gem last May. (And I’ll return there on Tuesday!)
I was drawn to the cryptanthus plants, a.k.a. earth stars, a.k.a. bromeliads, in the window. The shop lady said they were sickly and needed sun. She convinced me to revive one. I recall her promising that they get pinker with sun. Pinker? I was convinced. Now, she's the largest earth star in my home.
All she needed was more sun and a bigger pot. And friends! I adopted her friends at a neighborhood plant sale. The magenta one is a different variety.
But back to my original encounter with the Tiny Plant Shop! With the earth star, I also picked this cute rabbit's foot fern in a glass pot. A glass pot!
At work this summer, he perked up an air conditioned office desk. I love this tiny ecosystem. Now he thrives in my apartment bathroom on natural light and humidity.
Be back soon in tiny fashion,
All photos are my own. © 2017
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,
I'm Jade, a mama and friend to plants and stuffed animals. I blog about comforts of home in Honolulu.
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