Growth

If you’re here, it’s like it’s because you like plants. (I mean, that’s why I’m here…but I hope that’s why you’re here, too!) There’s something so special about plants. Working with them always feels like such a gift, and is one of my favorite ways to spend free time.

Today, I thought that I would share a little bit of my own personal journey with plants. As I said in my first blog, I haven’t always had the best of luck with plants. Be it buying the wrong plant for my space, poor lighting, over- or under-watering, or purely lack of experience, for most of my adult years, I have not been able to successfully keep houseplants.

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At the beginning of this year when I got my first monstera plant and vowed to keep it alive, I discovered that working with plants was a huge stress reliever for me. I have always struggled with anxiety, but shortly after the birth of my daughter, my son had some pretty serious health concerns. Post-partum anxiety, combined with constant worry about my son, turned me into a hot, anxious mess.

While I did begin medication to help control my anxiety, I decided it was also time to pursue activities that would allow me to relax and unwind more frequently. The more I worked with plants, the more I began to appreciate their calming effect. Something about their soothing green color, the tenderness it required to encourage their growth, and the sense of accomplishment when something flourished got me completely hooked! Before I knew it, I was seeking out local plant shops wherever I went, frequently adding plant babies to my collection, and grew my little plant family rapidly.

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Some of my experiences thus far have been good. One of my biggest successes is my first monstera. She started off in a small pot, but I soon had to move her to a bigger pot. Because the bigger pot needed to be on the floor, she moved into a sunnier corner. With the additional sun, she began to pop out new leaves – filled with the most perfect holes – quickly. Oh, sweet monstera love!

I’ve also had a lot of success with propagation. I love when I put a little leaf clipping in water and a few days later, suddenly roots appear. (I seriously wait for root growth with baited breath!) My most successful propagations have been several varieties of Wandering Jew and all different kinds of pothos. Propagation is literally one of my favorite parts of working with plants!

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One of my less successful experiences has been with a rubber tree. When we first brought him home, he seemed to be doing really well in our space. However, after several months of looking healthy and strong, he began to drop leaves at an alarming rate. I thought it was perhaps because he was too close to an air-conditioning vent, so I moved him to a space closer to a window and far from a vent. However, he still has not stopped losing leaves. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to save him…but I’ll keep trying!

We recently moved, and are currently living in temporary housing. All my plant babies went to my in-laws house for a while until we get settled in our new place. (My father-in-law told me I have a “regular greenhouse” after seeing all my plants – HA!)

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A few days ago, I went to visit and tend to my plants. Walking into the room with all of my babies put a big smile on my face. I started checking their soil, trimming off leaves that hadn’t fared so well during the move, watering and fussing as needed. My husband walked in on me as I worked and said, “You’re in your happy place, aren’t you?”

I was. Plants just make me happy.

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I’m not a perfect {house}plant momma. I still over-water my plants here and there, or have a plant die because I didn’t give it the right light. Sometimes I don’t even know why a plant isn’t thriving. But for me, this journey isn’t about perfection. It’s about finding peace in the midst of a crazy, chaotic life. It’s about battling off my anxiety so that the rest of my life is fuller, better. It’s about pouring time and energy into something, and seeing beautiful results. It’s about growth.

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But really, isn’t that what life itself is all about?

– the {house}plant momma

4 Replies to “Growth”

  1. So well written! It’s so true that plants have a way of calming us, simply by being present. I’m happy to hear that you have found such a simple way to calm your anxiety. Most folks have a bit of anxiety these days, and it’s worth it to take time to do the things that we love. Thank you for sharing your story. ❤

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  2. It’s comforting to know you’re not as perfect a plant momma as it appears. 😉 I always appreciate the realness! Gives me faith that as I more seriously pursue my plant journey, both wins and fails are to be expected.

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