During my recent visit in beautiful, weather confused Melbourne, I stayed with my dear friend Leana-Rose. Lele’s house is beautifully decorated with photos of her loved and adored ones and others from her multiple trips overseas, cute trinkets and glorious bursts of tribal print and colour. But something was different… her home space seemed more alive, more welcoming – there was such an energy to it.
Then it hit me .. her home was covered in plants .. everywhere – on almost every surface.
Some of her plants are to be considered quite valuable, others quite rare, some are mutated species with the most amazing leaf structure and pigmentation.
After visiting Lele’s beautiful little Melbourne home, I have now made it my mission to invest in some more indoor plant life. I already have a Spathiphyllum, or Peace Lily as it is more commonly known. My Nanny gave it to me – but .. on one occasion she visited, I had neglected to water it (for four days) in the heat of Summer and it was looking prettttttttttty miserable – okay it was nearly dead – anyway, she threatened to take it away and home with her if I couldn’t look after it properly. Since then I have made it my mission to keep this bloody Peace-Lily alive, so help me and so far, so good!
So after coming home, I have found myself searching on GumTree, online nurseries, plant collecting groups for certain plants that I have decided I want after hours stalking Instagram accounts. And in no particular order, my current list is as follows:
- Monstera adansonii – also known as the ‘swiss cheese plant’, has the most amazing perforated leaves which are quite large. I’m not quite sure what it is about this plant but everytime I look at it I am so satisfied by it’s unique leaf structure.
- Monstera deliciosa – the green that this plant emits through its leaves is quite extraordinary, plus they have a sexy height about them as well as being wildly popular in the 1970’s, and I’m down for all things retro.
- Alocasia zebrina – this plant looks glamorously prehistoric, she has a long patterned stem with a leaf shape that is quite sleek and snatched.
- Philodendron erubescens – also known as ‘The Pink Princess’. This plant is unique and unusual due to it’s unique and unusual colouration. I’m down for a little unusual in my life. Plus this is the first plant, my friend Leana-Rose showed me and it reminds me of her 🙂
- Pilea peperomoides – more commonly known as a ‘Chinese Money Plant’. These plants are so cute, and incredibly expensive for their size – but when you look like a miniature lilypad, I have to have you.
- Ceropegia woodii – better known as ‘Chain of Hearts’. I live for anything with vines! I had a very rustic, foresty feeling wedding theme that incorporates metres upon metres of vine-age. The colour and heart-shaped leaves has made me fall in love all over again.
- Fycus lyrata – height is what attracts me to the ‘Fiddle Fig Tree’, plus it’s large glossy green leaves.
- Senecio rowleyanus – better known as the ‘Strings of Pearls’ is a beautiful creeping succulent with long bulbous tendrils.
- Sansevieria trifasciata – with its long, sharp, structured leaves ‘Mother-In-Laws Tongue’ or ‘The Snake Plant’ looks fierce but beautiful.
This is just my list, for now, but after visiting the Templex Nursery on the weekend, I saw some others I could easily add, but I’ll save that for another post. Till then, if you know of anyone who sells, trades or donates rare or indoor plants in Brisbane, let us know! I’ll make another dedicated post to just succulents I think, as I have also just spotted a whole heap I would like to have as well.. oh my! My husband is going to lose it haha. Oh well, it’s a good habit to have right?
Do you have any indoor plants ? I’d love to know – let me know in the comments box below or tag me on Instagram with the #theblissbombproject so I can see your plant collection!
Also MASSIVE SHOUT to @chlorolai, @pottedjoy, @greenandco, @mama_style_maker and @stormlakeroad for allowing me to use their beautiful imagery. Go and check out their Instagrams – you’ll probably get lost and fall in love like I did.