Staying Green

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On gloomy-grey-short-wet-leafless & cold November days, it’s good for the soul to have a bit of life and colour at home. I used to think of myself as a plant killer. But then my dad gave me two succulent plants nearly a decade years ago; I did manage to kill one of them, but the other one miraculously survived, even thrived, and I’ve divided it up into several other plants over the years. Then came my “Succulent” painting project which I posted about on, and it gave me an even greater appreciation for these low-maintenance plants which come in all sorts of interesting shapes to inspire the budding artist. We don’t have a very wide selection here in Canada, but Home Depot had a decent assortment this summer and I filled up every window ledge and beyond with these beauties. I developed a passion for vintage planters in the process—those things sure can get tacky—but I did manage to find some I like on Etsy and tacky or not, I’ll showcase a few soon. So far most of my green friends are doing great, and it’s a pretty good feeling knowing I can sustain both animal and plant life. There’s hope for me yet!

Photos by Smiler


4 thoughts on “Staying Green

  1. “There’s hope for me yet!”

    Yes. There is. I doubt I’ll ever lose my hope for you. Just waaaay too much talent/soul to contemplate going to waste.

    I had a cactus plant that I actually plotted to kill (after I fell against it one misgotten night). Didn’t water it for, well, months. She didn’t die. Kinda shrank a bit, but lived on. Well, my conscience got the better of me. I offered her some water. She plumped and grew. Today, I swear, she’s big enough to be lethal.

    • Aw Jonas, you always say the nicest things to me. :-)
      Your story perfectly illustrates why I have yet to adopt cactuses to include among my greenery. I have a morbid fascination for those spikes and there has rarely been a cactus in my vicinity I haven’t been hurt by and wanted to murder as a consequence. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if one or two of them found their way into my home eventually. At least I’d be sure Mimi wouldn’t maul them with her pointy little teeth, which most of my plants have been branded with. I’m just curious to know whether your lethal cactus has a name and why you decided she was a ‘she’.

  2. I can’t say as I ever christened a plant. I don’t know why that is. Perhaps because the personality traits are too subtle to elicit a name readily? As for terming the cactus a she? Well, I don’t have a ready answer for that, either. I tend to consider most living things “she” unless there’s proof otherwise. Flowering plants exhibit both attributes, but I consider them gentle, nurturing creations. The scales tilt to “she.”

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