Day 205: cool corners

I am not built for heat and so, while I work outside during much of the day, I arrange corners of the house to make me feel cool as soon as I get back in…

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Day 165: monstera

Our swiss cheese plant has moved back downstairs, though it’s yet to let us know whether or not this is a good thing…

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Day 88: Oxalis triangularis

This purple-leaved beauty is the big-brother to our native wood sorrels – the creeping, yellow-flowered little shamrocks with the lemon scented foliage that winkle their way into walls and paving cracks…

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Day 67: Begonia luxurians

Those who have a thing for plants will tell you, there are worse habits to have – it’s far easier on the pocket, for example, than a passion for vintage Porsches or posh handbags…

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Day 60: kentia palm

The change from winter to spring brings a tricky little step-change into the life of the houseplant collector..

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Day 46: blue star fern

One of the easier ferns to grow as a houseplant, the Blue Star fern (Phlebodium pseudoaureum) places few demands upon the indoor gardener…

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Day 26: umbrella plant

It’s easy to take a reliable plant for granted, and I think I’ve been guilty of this with the umbrella tree, Schefflera arboricola…

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Day 18: string of hearts

The string-of-hearts or sweetheart vine (Ceropegia woodii) is a perfect houseplant for those who might be a little forgetful…

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The unquestionable hipness of houseplants

Houseplants are fashionable again. Which only begs the question, how does something as sensible as filling your home with inexpensively beautiful, living, breathing organisms, go out of fashion in the first place? But no time for pondering – first, I need to work out how NOT to kill them.

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August & September in the garden

By now, Autumn has well and truly got its feet under the table. With characteristic tardiness, I’m taking a look back at the past couple of months – the height of summer recently departed, as portrayed on my Instagram grid. Here’s my pick of the best images.

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