The houseplants did pretty well this year. I did lose my beloved rubber tree but a friend at work returned the one I had given her (she was not a fan). I brought home some new plants, including a dieffenbachia, 2 dracaena, and succulents (I got a bear paw!), and I put a snake plant in my room after reading it releases oxygen at night and improves air quality. They are all cozy on my plant table, enjoying the bright light in my living room now that the tree in my front lawn has lost it’s leaves.
My garden friend gave me this Dendrobium Kingianum, a lithophytic orchid from Australia, in May of 2017. Last year it grew 2 new branches and several new roots!
A new branch and air root (white)!
Not the best picture but you can see new roots are forming
Aren’t they gorgeous?!
No flowers yet but I hope it’s just a matter of time.
The first air plant I ever bought made a pup. A year later, it grew up (awww!).
The baby is now bigger than the mama. Hope it blooms this year!
This baby didn’t grow at all
The second plant I bought bloomed in December 2017.
The bloom didn’t get any bigger or fancier than this.
And now it has a baby!
Isn’t he cute?!
This mother of thousands is being true to her name.
I’ll have to repot these in the spring
Would you like to receive this gift that keeps on giving or would it be a cruel joke?
At times it feels like a bit of a burden having to deal with all of the babies, but it’s hard not to be impressed when all the leaves are covered with little ones. I guess that’s why it’s a high, not a low. For now.
How cool is this?!
I bought these seeds in 2017 on Amazon.ca from somewhere in Germany, if I remember correctly. I was excited when they began growing, but since then the ones I gave away last year have died and the ones I kept are barely growing.
The tall one is about the length of my palm and very narrow. It’s the only one that’s really been progressing, albeit very slowly
Aren’t these leaves gorgeous?
I’m still hopeful they will improve but definitely disappointed in their progress.
We had a heatwave during the first week of July, with temperatures feeling like 40 degrees Celsius and I had no air conditioning.
The heat really took it’s toll (it was a bad time to take a week off, I could barely function). I lost several plants, including my gollum jade. I was so ill from the weather that I didn’t notice it shriveling up.
I think this has to be one of the most horrifying plant deaths I’ve ever witnessed
Shriveled leaves and branches and a soft, squishy stem. Just horrible!
Perhaps I didn’t water it enough during all the humidity. Or over-watered? Thankfully I got another one from my garden friend. Not full grown and glorious like the last one but it’s coming along.
I was so sad to see this one go.
I jumped for joy at the sign of new growth
Best new find
New air plants
I bought these air plants at Tiny Flower on Bay street. I love how they look like they’re from outer space but I also think they look pretty classy in the pots that came with the mini orchids I bought at Metro (couldn’t get them to re-bloom and then they died).
These air plants are so elegant
Even classier in this sleek white pot