This Week In Houseplants (30/07/23)

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My wildflower meadow is full of flowers! It’s no longer just a massive cat toilet for all our neighbour’s cats!

We have a small front garden that was covered in fake grass when we moved in. We removed it and found two triangular flower beds – about 2m on the adjacent and opposite sides, but I’m not working out the hypotenuse because Pythagoras can suck it.

Anyway, we used a seed mix designed for birds one side, and one for pollinators on the other. Can’t remember which is which, but there’s plenty of overlap, so it kind of looks like we planned it (we did NOT).

The birds haven’t really turned up yet (I’m guessing their time will come in Autumn when there are loads of seed heads) but the insects are LOVING it.

I was on holiday last week. It was a staycation but we saw dolphins of the coast of Northumberland!

I didn’t get a picture, but here’s the beach:

You see that bit of blue sky? That lasted about 15 minutes, and then it rained the ENTIRE rest of the week. I like rain in summer because I don’t do well in hot weather and I hate watering outdoor plants so I’m not complaining. I just feel like this photo paints an unrealistic portrait of the weather last week.

I didn’t buy any plants last week. Not one. I did, however, buy four more Kratiste poles, bringing my total up to six. They are the GOAT when it comes to moss poles for lazy people. I have a repotting video on my YouTube where I go on about how awesome they are.

This week’s plant tour is from the Jungle Haven (surprise surprise), and it’s more of an Ikea Greenhouse video, but since I’m in the market for a greenhouse, I’m consuming a LOT of cabinet content.

My peace lily is blooming like a champ! Look at her go!

Aaaand I finally have some leaves on my variegated Alocasia Polly:

Hope you all have an amazing weekend! Let me know if you’ve tried the Kratiste poles and what you think – I love them so much.

Caroline Cocker

Caroline is the founder and writer (and plant keeper) of Planet Houseplant

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