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.)
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!
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.
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.
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.
Oh my, do I love succulents!
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?