“The One”

It started with one plant.

All of my previous efforts to grow houseplants had been a massive failure. My mother-in-law had tried giving me a variety of house plants when my husband and I first started dating, but I had managed to kill each one of them in a few weeks time. (She eventually stopped giving them to me!) Another time, I managed to kill an expensive fiddleleaf fig so badly that it was literally a dead stick in a pot of dirt. My house was basically a place where healthy, beautiful plants came to die.

But then, one sunny spring afternoon, my husband and I snuck away from our three crazy kiddos for some time together. We headed to downtown Dayton, and spent the afternoon sipping lattes, eating dessert before a meal, and wandering in and out of little shops in the Oregon District.

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Day date with my hubby

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One of the stores in which we found ourselves was a local plant boutique called Luna. The moment I walked in, it was as if my entire self took a huge breath of relaxation. I was surrounded in all sides by green, green, green, and I was certain I never wanted to leave.

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My husband must have seen the silly smile on my face because he told me to pick out a plant to take home. I must have looked at almost every plant in the store, finally settling upon “the one” – a little monstera. Once I had made my selection, my husband helped to pick out the perfect planter. And, with an ornery smile, he added an enamel pin that said “green thumb club” to our little pile of purchases.

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I’m now part of the Green Thumb Club…and have a pin to prove it!

Before leaving, I asked the shop girl a million questions about proper care for my monstera. And then, armed with new-found knowledge and a dash of optimism, I headed home to see if I could not – for once – kill a plant.

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Soaking up as much information as possible

As I carefully sunk my fingers into the dark soil, loosening roots and gently placing the plant in its new home, I felt the same sense of quiet that had come over me in the store. To connect so intimately with something alive was so incredibly calming.

In that moment, I was hooked. Hooked on the lovely green that houseplants add to my home. Hooked on the peaceful feeling I get when I care for my plant babies. Hooked on being a plant momma.

With all that being said, welcome to my little corner of the Internet! I’m pretty new to this whole being a plant momma thing; honestly, most days I consider it a victory when my plants are still green and alive when I wake up. I’m proud of each one of my little plant babies and have fun adding new ones to the family. Around here, I intend to share my houseplant journey, as well as the things I learn along the way – things that work and things that don’t. I hope you’ll stick around to see what we can learn together!

Oh, and in case you’re wondering…I haven’t killed my monstera. Since getting him, I’ve actually had to repot him again into a larger pot, and he’s making new shoots weekly. Pretty much love him!

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My beautiful monstera

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New growth = exciting!

I can’t wait to see where my houseplant journey takes me next!  I hope you’ll check back soon to see what I’ve been up to!

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– the {house}plant momma

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