Garden window plants

Garden window, December '09

I have lots of plants.  You wouldn’t think I could manage a lot of plants in 664 sf of living space but I seem to be able to find a spot for whatever I bring home.  If you wondered why Wadly rolls his eyes at me, don’t.  He has reason.

I don’t necessarily see having lots of plants as a good thing. The more plants I have the more plants I have to water.  It wasn’t so bad when I could water them all with one watering can full.  That’s no longer the case.  Hello?  Ms. Lazy here . . .

So the plan is . . . I’m going to see how many of these (and the ones in the plant corner) I can tastefully stuff into the new plant wall.

I’ve got a bunch of different types of ivy.  I love ivy.  I have two very slow growing English ivy I want to incorporate.  They like being evenly damp and shed leaves when they don’t have enough moisture. They should adore the plant wall.  I’ve got some spikey clingly ivy outside on a stump I want to include as well.  I don’t know how it will do as a house plant.  Time will tell.

I have three rubbery leaved things (far right, far left and center right) that were part of gift plants.  They have orange blossoms and respond well to being whacked back regularly.  I’ll put them in a cluster.

I have two types of (I think) orchid cactus.  One (the smallest/newest) has wide flat bright green leaves from a broken leaf rescue at Wally World last fall.  I am fairly confident this is an orchid cactus.  I have no idea what its blossoms look like.  The other cactus (guessing as to type) was a gift from LouAnn.  Its growth cross section is flat, round or triangular and it puts out pinky/red blossoms.  The leaves (they probably aren’t called leaves) can grow up to 18″ in length.  I’ve got Christmas cactus (hanging basket, two or three colors – can’t remember) I want to include.  It likes even moisture with lots of oxygen around the roots.  It should do well in the wall.  I’ve been watering it using a snack sized ziplock bag punctured full of pin holes.  The water oozes out slowly and the plant’s happy.  There’s no liner in the basket so if I water it out of the can I end up with water on my sewing table.  Ack.  It likes the ooze watering so everyone’s happy.

I’ve got a wandering jew (oval pot hanging left of center) I want to include not because I think it’s a great plant for the plant wall (it probably is) but because it’s such a pain in the butt to water.  I love the pot it’s in but I have to set the pot in water as the soil is very poor quality and won’t readily absorb or hold moisture.  Watering from the top means the plant doesn’t get water and I have a puddle in the garden window.  Yuck.   I’ve got a lipstick plant that’s also a pain to water as well (same situation), but it’s a small scale plant and will go into LouAnn’s plant wall, not mine.  Maybe I should do that with the wandering jew as well . . . yeah, that’s what I’ll do.

I’ve got some dumb cane and streptocarpus (Cape Primrose) cuttings in the window that will go in the wall as well . . . assuming the streptocarpus actually puts out roots.  The dumb cane’s good to go.  It’s totally the wrong time of year for it to root but dumb cane is easy.

That should pretty much clean out the garden window except for the hoyas and the desert cactus (I am SO not a desert cactus person).

In the plant corner I have a wood fern I’m going to de-pot and put in the wall.  It should do brilliantly.  It likes even moisture.  I’ve got a Hawaiian begonia (when it’s happy the leaves are the size of a dinner plate and it blooms long spikes of soft pink blossoms), some dieffenbachia, some philodendron, two types of spider plant and all the plants in the existing plant wall plus a streptocarpus (with pups).

The trick is going to be organizing it all so it looks good when it fills in.

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