On the weekends, in the winter, I take time to fuss over my houseplants. Most of them are succulents or cactus so they don’t need to be watered often. I’d always heard that succulents, like cactus, go dormant in the winter, but that’s not my experience. The succulents are growing, making babies and some are flowering.
Having plants in the house keep my hands in the dirt this time of year when the farm is covered in snow the soil frozen.
I’m constantly discovering which plants like which windows best.
The Cyclamen and African Violets bloom all winter in the north-facing windows. The cactus really do go dormant so I put them where ever I have space. Some succulents love the bright southern sun and others prefer the morning sun in the east. Some along with the air plants like the indirect light of the west windows.
Vicki, from Cluckin A Farm ,who I’ve gotten to know online, is also an artist. She sent me my first succulents a couple of years ago.
They came in boxes in the mail, cuttings from her own plants packed into egg cartons. After that, Jon started bringing them home from Hannaford, with the weekly groceries. An indication of how popular they’d become.
Succulents, as well as art, have also been a part of my friendship with Emily. We trade cuttings and text pictures when our plants flower and have babies. Emily, unlike myself, knows all the proper names of her plants. When I get a new succulent I send her a picture and she tells me, sometimes after days of research, what the plant is.
I usually forget within a few hours.
I may not know their names, but I do love caring for them and watching them grow. The succulents are so sculptural, and their colors so subtle, I never get tired of looking at them.
I have this idea of doing drawings of my window sills and plants, it just hasn’t happened yet. But I trust it will at the “right” time.
Emily has been incorporating her plants into her drawings for a while now. Take a look here to see a video of one of her sketchbooks which are filled with her plant collages.
The pandemic had its part in making houseplants popular again. Just like knitting came back into fashion after 911, bringing comfort to so many of us who needed it, houseplants helped fill that lonely spot that came with the shutdown.
I’ve also noticed it can become a bit addictive. But I figure it’s pretty safe as far as addictions go.