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I need some green up in this piece. Do I go with a philodendron since I know they grow well (thanks, 3l41n3!) or try something more adventurous?

tehresa, Monday, 22 June 2009 00:44 (ten years ago) link

be more adventurous also grow some herbs or some herb

spite n ease (harbl), Monday, 22 June 2009 01:06 (ten years ago) link

this is otm the majority of houseplants look so ugly, worse than no plants at all

spite n ease (harbl), Monday, 22 June 2009 01:10 (ten years ago) link

tza, why are you so horticulturally timid, what is the back story.

estela, Monday, 22 June 2009 01:11 (ten years ago) link

she had a boyfriend who yelled PLANTS OUT PEOPLE IN a lot?

peace (jergins), Monday, 22 June 2009 01:12 (ten years ago) link

get some heirloom flowering plants
get a bay tree
get an oregano plant

spite n ease (harbl), Monday, 22 June 2009 01:16 (ten years ago) link

get some green cochineal.

estela, Monday, 22 June 2009 01:17 (ten years ago) link

I overwatered/fed (I think?) a bunch of really big, beautiful plants in my v first apartment and I have been scared of my black thumb ever since.

I would like some herbs. Also maybe something that flowers.

tehresa, Monday, 22 June 2009 01:18 (ten years ago) link

i want to get a rosemary plant

spite n ease (harbl), Monday, 22 June 2009 01:23 (ten years ago) link

Also I lived with a horticulturist for 2.5 years and I was too intimidated to grow things even though he only had one plant, outside. The landlords pulled it up and paved over the bed. O_o

tehresa, Monday, 22 June 2009 01:24 (ten years ago) link

there's a gerber daisy on my back stoop you can have. i'll water it to keep it alive if you think you want it.

lxy, Monday, 22 June 2009 01:46 (ten years ago) link

there must be all manner and variety of stuff in my yard you can have.

lxy, Monday, 22 June 2009 01:46 (ten years ago) link

But will it grow indoors? Gerber daisies are nice.

tehresa, Monday, 22 June 2009 01:49 (ten years ago) link

it's meant for the indoors, i think.

lxy, Monday, 22 June 2009 02:02 (ten years ago) link

stoopsie

estela, Monday, 22 June 2009 02:22 (ten years ago) link

Hmmmmm how big is it? I would feel bad if I killed it :(

tehresa, Monday, 22 June 2009 02:28 (ten years ago) link

my lone house plant, a straggly ficus with a gin voice, said to ask you how fancy this apartment is that there are worthiness standards that have to be met, the air was blue with oxygen.

estela, Tuesday, 23 June 2009 05:42 (ten years ago) link

Your ficus seems judgmental.
My apartment is not fancy. But I care about the plants and I don't want them to die.

tehresa, Tuesday, 23 June 2009 05:45 (ten years ago) link

it's pretty little.

you won't kill it. i mean, it might die but not because you kill it. it's not gonna survive on my stoop for long so.

lxy, Tuesday, 23 June 2009 05:48 (ten years ago) link

i just don't care about houseplants. no plants, no pets, no children. i got my own shit to worry about without having to take care of a dependent of any ilk. sorry if i sound callous. maybe i am callous, who knows.

lxy, Tuesday, 23 June 2009 05:50 (ten years ago) link

lil ms soft hands talki ng baout callous

peace (jergins), Tuesday, 23 June 2009 05:52 (ten years ago) link

I see what you did there

tehresa, Tuesday, 23 June 2009 05:55 (ten years ago) link

got da
m rite

peace (jergins), Tuesday, 23 June 2009 05:59 (ten years ago) link

I always thought it was funny when guys in the south said cot damn

tehresa, Tuesday, 23 June 2009 06:33 (ten years ago) link

grow MARIJUANA POT PLANTS

max max max max, Tuesday, 23 June 2009 14:23 (ten years ago) link

Estela, how do you find living with this broad of a ficus? I find ficuses (ficusi?) to be v fickle and when they are not pleased, what a mess they will make with those leaves!

tehresa, Tuesday, 23 June 2009 15:07 (ten years ago) link

mine seems to thrive on nothing, i think our warm humid climate suits it. it doesn't really lose leaves, sometimes one will go yellow but it takes a lot of abuse for that to happen. i can go away for 2-3 weeks and leave it and then after some water it revives almost immediately.

estela, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 14:17 (ten years ago) link

That is quite a ficus. If I met her I would shake her hand. Or trunk. But maybe not because then leaves might fall.
Come to think of it, I saw some ficus trees thriving outdoors in Peru, which was very dry outside Lima. It is a mystery?

tehersa (tehresa), Wednesday, 24 June 2009 16:53 (ten years ago) link

i watered your daisy for you, tehersa. it perked right up.

stoop-worthy plant.

lxy, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 17:10 (ten years ago) link

aw. What if she develops separation anxiety?

tehersa (tehresa), Wednesday, 24 June 2009 17:13 (ten years ago) link

we aren't that close i don't think either of us is very worried

lxy, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 17:33 (ten years ago) link

Well just in case we can work out visitations or something.

tehersa (tehresa), Wednesday, 24 June 2009 18:08 (ten years ago) link

lol you gonna haul that plant to my house on the bus every other weekend?

don't get any ideas about some shared custody shit. i'm not gonna give you money for plant food or new pots every september.

lxy, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 18:23 (ten years ago) link

how about i visit you occasionally and say hey to the daisy when i'm there.

lxy, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 18:24 (ten years ago) link

That's more what I was thinking :)

tehersa (tehresa), Wednesday, 24 June 2009 18:44 (ten years ago) link

did i mention that it doesn't have flowers, just leaves?

lxy, Thursday, 25 June 2009 00:48 (ten years ago) link

well, actually, did i mention that it doesn't have non-shriveled flowers, just leaves?

lxy, Thursday, 25 June 2009 00:49 (ten years ago) link

You did not but that's alright. I don't care what those other people say, I'm gonna love it anyway.

tehersa (tehresa), Thursday, 25 June 2009 02:26 (ten years ago) link

you should transport it home on a bicycle built for two.

estela, Thursday, 25 June 2009 02:28 (ten years ago) link

:)

lxy, Thursday, 25 June 2009 05:22 (ten years ago) link

i warmed my own heart with that post.

estela, Thursday, 25 June 2009 05:39 (ten years ago) link

the notion more than the post itself.

estela, Thursday, 25 June 2009 05:43 (ten years ago) link

i brought the daisy inside and cleaned it up a bit. looks pretty good!

lxy, Saturday, 27 June 2009 03:11 (ten years ago) link

my theory is that plants like a little stress. they try harder and are better for it. keeps em strong, not so "oh bring me every last thing all the time" lazylike.

lxy, Saturday, 27 June 2009 03:13 (ten years ago) link

daisylike

lxy, Saturday, 27 June 2009 03:13 (ten years ago) link

I bought some herbs yesterday: lemon verbena, lemon balm, and pineapple mint. They are all potted together, a fragrant theresome. My guess is they will struggle with indoor life.

tehersa (tehresa), Saturday, 27 June 2009 03:16 (ten years ago) link

Lol theresome! Oy I can't wait for real internets without autotext.

tehersa (tehresa), Saturday, 27 June 2009 03:18 (ten years ago) link

i'm going to miss your autotext.

estela, Saturday, 27 June 2009 03:19 (ten years ago) link

I'm sure it will crop back up from time to time.

tehersa (tehresa), Saturday, 27 June 2009 03:20 (ten years ago) link

RIP daisy

ps this fine creature is looking for a good home
http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/pp95/tza/utf-8BSU1HMDA0MDUtMjAxMDAzMjgtMTc0N.jpg

tehresa, Monday, 29 March 2010 00:49 (nine years ago) link

it looks so triumphant with its devil horns and perky demeanor, what did it do to daisy?

estela, Monday, 29 March 2010 03:43 (nine years ago) link

daisy succumbed to some menacing rust, but this fine lady seems to be immune :) very hearty - i forgot to water when i went away for 5 days and she perked right back up as soon as i re-hydrated. she also loves to lean into the light.

tehresa, Tuesday, 30 March 2010 01:06 (nine years ago) link

she sounds like a villain from a midday movie.

estela, Tuesday, 30 March 2010 06:02 (nine years ago) link

like most neglected housewives, she just needs a little attention to reach her full potential.

tehresa, Tuesday, 30 March 2010 19:16 (nine years ago) link

she looks like she is drunkly dancing to sisters are doin it for themselves.

estela, Wednesday, 31 March 2010 02:49 (nine years ago) link

oh estela i just had the heartiest of laughs ever
<3

tehresa, Wednesday, 31 March 2010 04:23 (nine years ago) link

:D

estela, Wednesday, 31 March 2010 07:20 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

dear jaq,

how is ivy? did she get renamed?

<3, t

tehresa, Sunday, 2 May 2010 04:14 (nine years ago) link

I was thinking today I need to put up a pic of Ms. Ivy Hedera - she's getting repotted tomorrow into a fancy chinese cachepot. We'll do a glamour shot!

jaq, Sunday, 2 May 2010 06:13 (nine years ago) link

What a lucky lady!

tehresa, Sunday, 2 May 2010 20:34 (nine years ago) link

She's looking smashing:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4039/4572778088_9269abf44c.jpg

jaq, Sunday, 2 May 2010 22:27 (nine years ago) link

gettin a little misty over here! she looks fantastic!!! <3 well done, jaq!

tehresa, Sunday, 2 May 2010 23:07 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

The search begins again. Almost bought a hanging ivy yesterday but it just didn't feel right.

tehresa, Thursday, 24 June 2010 01:06 (nine years ago) link

I gave Ms. Ivy Hedera an up-do a few weeks back, with some bamboo chopsticks. So fabulous! Will post pics later.

jaq, Thursday, 24 June 2010 17:25 (nine years ago) link

Oh, you are so good to her! It fills me with a wistful happiness.

tehresa, Friday, 25 June 2010 00:12 (nine years ago) link

i need some houseplants in this place, it's barren

spite n ease (harbl), Friday, 25 June 2010 00:22 (nine years ago) link

oopsie, I am in nz for two weeks and I forgot to water my ficus before I left.

estela, Saturday, 26 June 2010 00:43 (nine years ago) link

!

I almost bought a teeny tiny palm but it seemed unreal.

tehresa, Saturday, 26 June 2010 21:49 (nine years ago) link

Ms. Ivy, posing with a rose from the garden and bloomless orchid:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4135/4738982447_f73de33a61.jpg

jaq, Sunday, 27 June 2010 18:57 (nine years ago) link

<3

tehresa, Monday, 28 June 2010 00:11 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

i got two little houseplants yesterday! since i have money now i am starting to make a living room. i got a bookshelf/tv stand and some plants. i am gonna get a tv soon too. i'll take pix of the little plants later. my boss told me a long story about the ficus he had gotten as a hs grad present that just died a couple years ago (he is 48). it was cute.

spite n ease (harbl), Thursday, 16 September 2010 11:30 (eight years ago) link

welcome to the sandbox, little baby plants<3.

estela, Sunday, 19 September 2010 09:13 (eight years ago) link

harbl, please post pictures of your plants!

tehresa, Thursday, 30 September 2010 00:07 (eight years ago) link

oh oops. i still gotta charge the camera. i'm so behind on all the stuff i want to do.

spite n ease (harbl), Thursday, 30 September 2010 22:04 (eight years ago) link

ten months pass...

Little Ms. Ivy got too big for the cachepot:
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6014/6009559335_2b5d0efaae.jpg

jaq, Thursday, 4 August 2011 23:21 (seven years ago) link

oh, i am so happy to see her so healthy :)

tehresa, Friday, 5 August 2011 02:57 (seven years ago) link

seven months pass...

lol you guys talking about daisy and ivy on the main board

lxy, Sunday, 1 April 2012 17:09 (seven years ago) link

lol, i couldn't resist.

estela, Monday, 2 April 2012 00:23 (seven years ago) link

it's utterly opaque and wonderfully so <3

lxy, Monday, 2 April 2012 01:11 (seven years ago) link

:)

tehresa, Monday, 2 April 2012 01:13 (seven years ago) link

I saw so many daisies at the store the other day but I couldn't bring myself to replace the REAL daisy.

tehresa, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 00:12 (seven years ago) link

i always think about daisy when i see daisies.

estela, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 02:13 (seven years ago) link

aw.

tehresa, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 03:56 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

Ms. Ivy has taken over the butcher block:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7109/7502289690_8cfa990c32.jpg

jaq, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 17:29 (seven years ago) link

she certainly has. i'm afraid she is up to no good. i heard she's been having typing lessons. ignore me at your peril.

estela, Monday, 9 July 2012 13:44 (seven years ago) link

some, including me, have taken to calling her ms. connivy.

estela, Monday, 9 July 2012 13:47 (seven years ago) link

We totally had to move her away from the liquor cabinet, it's true.

jaq, Monday, 9 July 2012 18:15 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

The Geranium

When I put her out, once, by the garbage pail,
She looked so limp and bedraggled,
So foolish and trusting, like a sick poodle,
Or a wizened aster in late September,
I brought her back in again
For a new routine--
Vitamins, water, and whatever
Sustenance seemed sensible
At the time: she'd lived
So long on gin, bobbie pins, half-smoked cigars, dead beer,
Her shriveled petals falling
On the faded carpet, the stale
Steak grease stuck to her fuzzy leaves.
(Dried-out, she creaked like a tulip.)
The things she endured!--
The dumb dames shrieking half the night
Or the two of us, alone, both seedy,
Me breathing booze at her,
She leaning out of her pot toward the window.
Near the end, she seemed almost to hear me--
And that was scary--
So when that snuffling cretin of a maid
Threw her, pot and all, into the trash-can,
I said nothing.
But I sacked the presumptuous hag the next week,
I was that lonely.

--Theodore Roethke

estela, Sunday, 29 July 2012 11:27 (six years ago) link

♥♥♥

(so so so wish I'd gone to UW when Roethke was teaching there...)

jaq, Sunday, 29 July 2012 17:08 (six years ago) link

i wish you had too. also, since we're wishing, that i had as well.

estela, Monday, 30 July 2012 00:37 (six years ago) link

ten months pass...

i have a very healthy lavender plant and i bought a mint plant today. i'm going to need container herbs for my yardless house if i get it.

spite n ease (harbl), Sunday, 23 June 2013 18:24 (six years ago) link

Window box!

tehresa, Monday, 24 June 2013 15:47 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

My sisters gave me a money tree for my apartment but so far I am still broke :(

tehresa, Monday, 30 June 2014 17:39 (five years ago) link

eight months pass...

I have inherited a plant I think is supposed to live outdoors. What do I do with this?

http://i59.tinypic.com/5ca7g2.jpg

tehresa, Sunday, 8 March 2015 15:19 (four years ago) link

Is that a hydrangea?

jaq, Sunday, 8 March 2015 18:45 (four years ago) link

Yes!

tehresa, Sunday, 8 March 2015 22:35 (four years ago) link

Maybe you could bonsai it?

jaq, Sunday, 8 March 2015 23:06 (four years ago) link

I am thinking of turning my "three season porch" into a greenhouse :)

tehresa, Monday, 9 March 2015 04:15 (four years ago) link

btw my money tree didn't really survive the journey to our new home. it's still here but looking very sad. We even left out in a hotel and weby back for it but I fear it's a lost cause :(

tehresa, Monday, 9 March 2015 04:21 (four years ago) link


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