To Garden / June

 

      Good morning! I just wanted to share what we are gardening this summer! We have a lot of herbs growing, including lavender, thyme, basil, dill, and chives. 

     Brett also potted a few other plants for me! A couple of them look like succulents, but grow in bushes, so we'll just have to see how they turn out. 

      Bailey always jumps at the chance to water the plants. Girl loves her puddle jumping! It doesn't hurt that she has an adorable toddler sized watering can to help her parents. 

     These are our tomato plants. Last year, we had some that produced fruit, but just as they turned red, some sneaky animal stole them away in the middle of the night! This time around, there is one tomato growing, and you can bet I'm protecting that thing. 

     We also have a pepper plant that is budding nicely! Since this photo, the peppers have started to turn red, so I'll do an updated post next month with how everything is growing. We're getting weather that is hotter than usual, but as long as consistent rain and watering keeps up, the plants should do fine! 

    Thanks for reading, and have a fun Thursday!

Art Appreciation

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    Hi there! I've been itching to share more artwork I'm in love with on the blog, and today seemed like a perfect day to start. Each Sunday, I'll share a print, card, or piece of art I've purchased, along with what I think is so great about them. I studied a little art history at Mizzou, and it made me smitten with looking at art. Any style and form, doesn't matter, I always find some way to like most things. 

    Today's prints are actually a set of post cards from Idle Wild Co. that I purchased about a year ago. I use them as decor, but I think the next time I send a card, I'll send one of those instead, just for kicks! If you haven't heard, I'm obsessed with desert plants. Not sure why, but I'll buy anything involving them usually. The color pallete of these prints are also spot on with my own personal pallete, so it's probably fate that I bought them. If you're in Columbia, pick up some other cute Idle Wild Co. prints at Poppy, or head to Idle Wild Co.'s site for their full range of pretty illustrations and cards! Have a great Sunday!

Our Plants: Hen + Chicks Succulent

 

         Hi there! For this installment of Our Plants, I wanted to delve deeper into my succulent collection, and actually be able to identify what's what. Luckily for me, the folks at FTD Fresh shared their amazing identifying chart with me to do just that!

      It’s undeniable that succulents and cacti are the perfect houseplants. From the trendy striped zebra cactus, to the fuzzy bunny ear cactus, there are so many shapes, colors, and sizes to choose from. They’re so easy to maintain and require little water, making them easy to integrate into your home and garden decor. 

     To help you identify your favorite succulents and cacti, FTD created a compendium featuring 127 stunning desert plants. It features real photo examples so that you can easily identify and choose which ones are best for your next plant project, whether it’s for a glass terrarium or a DIY macrame hanging container. Check out the compendium below, we're sure that it will inspire your inner gardener!



A Compendium of 127 Stunning Desert Plants and Succulents

      To identify my succulent, all I had to do was take a quick look at the compendium, and easily found my little buddy in the Hens and Chicks category! I can't begin to describe how useful this chart is. I had no idea how to identify these before, because there are just so many types of succulents that it was overwhelming!

        I can't wait to keep utilizing it, and was so excited to share with you all! I hope you find it as useful as I have.

      I just want to give a huge thank you to FTD! This compendium was a godsend. If you adore sharing your plants and flowers as much as I do, be sure to add the hashtag #ftdflowers to your next share so that we can see all of them! Thanks for reading, and enjoy the pretty compendium!

Our Plants: Succulent #1

 

"The word "succulent" comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning juice, or sap" - Wikipedia

     Hi there! For this installment of "Our Plants", I'm sharing one of our many succulents. I don't know the exact species this one is, and you'll understand why if you check out the "Families and Genera" section of the Wikipedia page linked above.

      Succulents are my very favorite flora. They are interesting to look at and touch, and they range from adorably tiny to massively large. Also, they are supposed to be simple to care for, and in my experience so far, I'd say that's accurate. They haven't died, yet, and the air plants I had did. It was surprising, because I was told air plants are practically un-killable, and they died within a couple of weeks. Maybe that's another reason why I'm loving my little succulents so much, they haven't let me down yet!

      Will you just look at this little cutie! Another bonus is that Bailey hasn't tried to murder these yet, and I'm choosing to believe it's because she thinks they are too pretty to destroy. Let's hope that continues. Thanks for reading!

To Introduce Our Plants: Aloe Vera

 

Aloe vera (/ˈæloʊiː/ or /ˈæloʊ/) is a succulent plant species of the genus Aloe. (wikipedia)

     Hey there! This month's installment of "Our Plants" is my precious Vera, as I call her (best nickname ever, right?). We purchased this beauty at a greenhouse outside of Jefferson City, which also happens to have the coolest bakery/general store. I don't remember the name, but as it's about to be plant shopping season, you'll hear more about it soon! I picked the plant out and Brett re-potted it and the other little baby sprouts of another Aloe Vera plant that was growing off of this one. That little guy has actually flourished quite a bit, due to Brett's green thumb. Although, it's still not as big as this one. A part of me wants to break open the leaves, when needed, to treat sun burns over the summer (I'm very pale, it's just life LOL), but the bigger part of me says I can never touch the leaves or I'll hate myself. Maybe I can use the little one for medicinal uses, and keep this one just to look at? I'll consider that, but until then, lets just all enjoy the beauty of Vera.

To Introduce Our Plants - Euphorbia Pulcherrima

 

The poinsettia (/pɔɪnˈsɛtiə/ or /pɔɪnˈsɛtə/)[1][2] (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family. (wikipedia)

     Hi there! I have a little back story for you, to kind of explain the context of these posts. Brett is minoring in Plant Sciences in school, so as you can imagine, we have a lot of plants around the house. They fascinate him, along with the growing process. He wants to incorporate growing plants into his Business degree, because he loves it so much. The interesting part for me, is getting to watch him coax the plants into flourishing, and once they have, he makes sure they get enough care to remain alive and beautiful. You'd be hard pressed to find someone more passionate about their plants.

     For me, plants and flowers are about as visually pleasing as you could get. I'm the type of person that likes to stare, and I could look at this photo of one of Brett's white poinsettias all day. The poinsettias are still going strong since Brett brought home the 30 he had been growing for two different classes. That's right, 30. Our house was full of them, and for awhile, it was like living in a garden. At a certain point though, I wanted my house back, so we gifted quite a few for Christmas.

     The ones that remain are our favorites, including this gorgeous cream colored one. I chose it to photograph specifically because of it's color. We have a couple of crimson ones left and a few peach colored ones, which give me all of the heart eye emojis. I will probably photograph them later, but I really wanted to incorporate the white first, since it gives such a good contrast to the pink back ground. I also love that you can see the green a little through out the leaves, so it makes it less of a holiday flower.

     We still have many more plants around the house that aren't poinsettias, so I have decided to make this a monthly series! Learning about our plants from Brett has made me want share their beauty. They really are something, and I can't wait to show you more!