Tuesday, January 30, 2018

for the love of plants

There's not many January days in the Midwest where the sun is shining and temperatures are in the 40's. But when it happens, you take advantage of it. Because, heat wave. At least, that's what it feels like when you're used to frigid temps. In this case, we headed up to Milwaukee, Wisconsin this past Saturday ~ one of our go-to places to explore and hang out.

(St. Hegwig - Three Holy Women Parish, Milwaukee)

We always stop at the Public Market to browse the different vendors and sometimes get a bite to eat for lunch. 

One of my favorite stores in Milwaukee is Mod Gen ~ they have all kind of unique products and kitschy gift items, plus they have a fabulous selection of plants. And when I saw they were having a 20% off plant sale, well, let's just say I wanted to buy out the store.

So, what came home with me? I restrained myself and only bought two plants:

A Money Tree (which needs to be repotted)...

and a little red air plant.

Another houseplant I picked up recently (at IKEA) was this Gold Dust Croton. If you have an IKEA near you, they have a decent selection of plants and great prices.

Most of my plants are in our spare room because of all the wonderful light this room gets, but it's getting a little crowded in here.

I'm going to be working on some rearranging and also thinking vertically ~ meaning, hanging a plant or two in front of the windows. Hmm, maybe I can find a cool, retro planter like this one!

(Brewed Cafe, Milwaukee)

How about you, do you have a green thumb? Do you have houseplants or perhaps succulents (which I love, but can't keep alive) in your home?


  1. Isn't that funny I had TWO money trees and they both hated me. Both long dead now. I guess I'm not meant to be rich, ha ha!! You KNOW I love plants and I especially love retro hanging plants, it brings me back to my childhood in the 70's!

  2. It's good to know that Ikea has plants! We're planning a trip to ours in the next few weeks -- it's a bit of a drive, but there is a new one going up very close to our house. That could be dangerous. I have always struggled with keeping plants alive, until just within the past year. My friend helped me get my Christmas cactus healthy and it bloomed! So, now I've added a few more plants to my house and I'm really having fun with them.

  3. You got some nice plants. I do not have an indoor plant green thumb. You sure do though.

    Enjoy your new plants ~ FlowerLady

  4. I love the money tree and have thought about buying one!

  5. I'm not good with plants, but this year, I'd really like to bring some more into the house. Perfect timing with your post!

  6. I am in awe of your green thumb. I do not know what is wrong with me, but my thumb is green outdoors and in the house it turns black. I have never had good fortune with house plants . . . I love them in other people's homes, but in my home they turn brown. I say, if it is in my home and it's green . . . it's fake. I do love a realistic fake plant, LOL.

  7. I had to laugh at the heat wave. We have the same weather for the most part and last week when we hit 32 degrees one day it felt like a heat wave, lol! :) I don't have any green plants in the house at the moment...there is no where to put them but I wish that there was :) I'll enjoy yours :)

  8. I have succulents on the windowsill, but no other plants in the house, currently. When we had the cats, they would just eat them, then the grands came along. Layla is almost old enough that I'd trust having plants around. I have a hook in the master bath under the skylight that would be a great place for a macrame plant hanger. I wish I had the ones I made in the early 80s. They'd be perfect.

  9. Those pictures are healing me today. :)

  10. That looks like such a fun day, Melanie! A good way to get out of the cold!
    I keep trying to have a green thumb...I have 5 plants alive at this point lol.

  11. ModGen looks like a great place to visit. I love how they display the plants. So interesting.
    I was in Lowe's the other day contemplating the purchase of a money tree just like yours. Since I've never grown one, I put it back and went with something I have tried before. I'll be interested in seeing how it does for you.
    I always seem to get in the mood for growing houseplants right about now. I think it helps pass the time until I can be out in the garden.

  12. You KNOW I would love to visit that place! Wish OK had an IKEA too. None in the whole state.

  13. Sounds like a great day! Mod Gen looks like a fun place to shop.

  14. No IKEA store here and only find plants at the big box stores but I would have had trouble stopping with two. You do have quite a good selection at home, Melanie. I love that they are all different sizes and am partial to the tiny ones. My daughter-in-law Courtney loves plants with a passion. She actually taught me to love them. She has a money plant too! I think it's thriving. And she has so many hanging in windows too, some holders she macrames like people of my age used to do back in the 70s. And I have 3 tiny succulents inside that I've kept alive since Courtney and Zack's wedding where they were wedding favors. I just set the pots in 3 tea cups and put them in my kitchen sink window where they get eastern light and I really let them dry out before watering. I've never before had a windowsill for plants over my kitchen sink before this house and I do love it.

    I loved reading about your day trip to Milwaukee!

  15. Ooh, you’re right, that place sure looks like fun. I especially like the old card catalog full of succulents. I’ve sworn off buying any new houseplants, as I don’t enjoy them nearly as much as my outdoor plants. But I often fall off the wagon, especially when it comes to succulents.

  16. Just found your blog and was going through your posts and was surprised to see Alice Koller's "An Unknown Woman" and "Stations of Solitude" in one of your pictures. She is an exceptional writer and I believe she only wrote those two books. You have a lovely and interesting blog.


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