This means I need a green thumb, right?

Sorry for the accidental hiatus. We’ve had a jam packed few weeks that included a trip to Chicago where we shot an engagement session, made real life friends with some fellow (awesome!) home bloggers, and stocked up on Ikea goodness. As soon as we got back, Aaron got sick, I got a really bad haircut (like texting-my-boss-to-say-I-had-to-work-from-home-until-it-was-resolved bad), I caught Aaron’s cold, my computer decided to die and we restructured how our blog images are saved so Aaron can do the photo editing. Oh, and the St Louis Post-Dispatch stopped by to shoot the firehouse for an upcoming issue (details when we have them). Anyways, how have you been?

The ipe fence/carport wrap is still crawling along. It may be the project that never ends. The only positive is that we’ve been spending a lot of time outside. It’s made us crave plants and a recent brunch outing to new-to-us spot gave us a place to scratch that itch. Cafe Osage is a super sweet cafe that actually sits inside of Bowood Farms – an urban nursery a few blocks from the firehouse.

The biggest problem is that we have plant fright. (That’s a thing, right?) We literally have no idea what to plant. It’s compounded by the fact that during the summer we have little to no time to keep things, besides ourselves and our dog, alive. We’re also not quite ready to commit to landscaping. Even though the staff at Bowood is beyond helpful, right now we’re sticking to the plants in pots (besides a few lilac bushes we sprang for.)

On our first trip, I loaded up on herbs to create a patio garden and bring some life to what we’ve recently dubbed “the courtyard.” (It will make more sense when… if… when we get the carport finished.)

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I had some success last year with a basil and mint plant, in part because I walk right by them every day, making it easy for me to remember to give them some water.

If all goes well, I’ll be mixing up meals using three kinds of basil, mint, dill, rosemary, Italian parsley, thyme and two types of oregano!

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I also picked up a little flowering something for the other side of the door. Hopefully it withstands the heat of the steel fence this summer.

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The Ikea trip also fueled some additional indoor plants thanks to this sweet shelving unit (assembled by moi in just under two hours and just under a bottle of wine. Great success!) and a bevy of cheap white pots. We really wanted to bring some plants into this space to warm it up. This white flat-pack shelf had the right dimensions and price to fill the space.

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On that trip to Bowood, we grabbed a lot of “Oooh that looks nice” plants and made sure to run our choices by one of the staff members. She gave us the OK to plant all of these inside, even though some of them were in the outdoor section. She also hooked us up with some fertilizer, which I’m hoping extends my meager plant care skills.

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Oh my, do I love succulents!

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Last, but not least we scored a sweet mid century planter at The Future Antiques when we picked out our new living room tables. This (rubber?) plant seemed like the perfect addition to our bedroom.

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That’s a lot of plants! I think I need a lot of luck… Are you adding any greenery to your space (indoor or out)? Any tricks for a barely-better-than-novice plant grower?

9 thoughts on “This means I need a green thumb, right?

  1. I rent, and was extremely lucky in that the person who lived here previous to the previous tenant (confused? me too) apparently had a green thumb and left an extensive rock garden full of perennials in our weird slopey backyard. I don’t know what to do for any of it other than water, weed & Miracle Gro, and have therefore managed to almost completely kill the roses and the blue poppies, and some of the others I haven’t been able to identify, but the plants that have flourished despite my haphazard care are:

    Spanish Bluebells (come up about the same time as tulips, bulb plant, spread like the common cold once they got established)
    Heuchera Chocolate Ruffles (great splash of color, great groundcover, pretty much all spring and summer and into late fall)
    Hostas (the ones I have do best where they only get sun in the very early morning, and shade the rest of the day)
    Chives (delicious in a salad, pretty purple flowers…what’s not to love?)

    • I have to say that I’m pretty impressed. I think we killed (or removed) everything at our first house besides a lilac bush we bought from walmart. We did better on the second batch when we realized our FULL sun front yard needed FULL sun plants. We did get to put in some hostas in back. I love those! They’re pretty easy to handle. Chives is a fun (and very practical idea)! Are you adding to your green line up this year?

    • We’ll see how long they last πŸ™‚ I had a pretty good success rate with my last batch of drought resistant plants. It’s pretty hard to forget about the plants now since they are everywhere!
      The one in the bedroom is my favorite too.

  2. I know this plant fright — we had it when we first started landscaping at the house too. And we felt a LOT of pressure becuase the previous owners seemingly had the greenest thumbs of all. Anyways, 5 years later we have replaced a lot of them with things that stand up to little (no) watering, which has worked out. Gardens are always a work in progress (sometimes things take a year off from growing!) so I say dive in. πŸ™‚

  3. All that green… it’s all so darling. A caution about mint: it will take over, so watch out. It might kill your basil. We haven’t had potted plants in years (save for a few herbs in pots, like you guys) because our pup liked to eat them (much to all of our chagrin). Plants are so friendly and welcoming. Pay them some attention and you’ll be ok.

    • Yeah, the mint is already growing like a weed! I’ll keep a close eye on it because I really want that thai basil to survive πŸ™‚

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