Supposedly, a green thumb runs in my family. My mother has the loveliest garden back home. Besides the flowers; she also grows many of the fruits, vegetables, and herbs used in my parents’ restaurant. My sisters both have house plants. Tons of them. Not me. The gene skipped the oldest daughter, and I am a gardening failure. I’ve killed so many plants (even jade plants, which are supposed to be impossible to kill) that my mother refuses to give me any more plants. My ex and I had a fig tree together and I hope that it’s still alive somewhere, but can’t be sure. Watering it was my job and I wasn’t so good at that.
A few months ago, I decided that I wanted to create a little window garden. I purchased a long copper tray to display in my windowsill, and started with just three little baby succulents from The Sill. They didn’t die. (I mean, it’s really hard to kill a succulent… you water it once a week, and that’s pretty much all you have to do.) After a month or so with my three babies, my sister came over for wine one night and we drank a bunch of wine + decided to order several more succulents from Mountain Crest Gardens. (I was a little out of my element purchasing plants online, but both my mother + my sister have bought plants from them, so I trusted it.) I ordered a few “String of Pearls” succulents at Becca’s recommendation as I love the shape of the “pearls” and how they dangle down from the planter, the Aeonium Haworthii, Aloe Juvenna, and Gollum Jade.
Once I had my plants, I scoured Etsy to find some interesting looking planters, (loving the cat, bunny, + elephant) and now my windowsill is a veritable plant zoo. So far, nothing has died yet… let’s all cross our fingers, please…
The one on the left is Aloe Juvenna, and the one on the right is Aeonium Haworthii. Growing up, we had a lot of blue + white china in our house, so I liked mixing in a few blue + white pieces with an otherwise all-white palette. Tip: vintage sugar bowls + creamers make for great planters!
The cat looks a little creepy, here!