“Bring the outdoors in. Plants make for a happy home.” – Mr Jason Grant
There were a lot of ways my mother created a happy home for us, and one of them was the way she loved plants, indoors and out. She was often
joked about spoken of in regard to her composting and organic vegetable gardening, but she always liked plants of all kinds. The longest words in her vocabulary that I can remember were those that were the names of plants.
I grew up hearing about (and enjoying the beauty of) azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, and magnolias, to name just a few, but the names for the indoor plants were even more exotic: dieffenbachia, schefflera, caladiums, and others I can’t quite remember. She sent me off to college with coleus and philodendron to adorn my dorm room and keep the air fresh. While I was never as good at tending plants as she was, I did find that the plants added a note of cheer to brighten my days.
Recently we were able to make a quick trip to Atlanta, so I took the opportunity to give Mama an early birthday present I can’t usually manage because of the distance: a nice new houseplant that has the potential to live outdoors, if she decides to transplant it. I chose one I had never seen before, but instantly liked: the pineapple lily pictured above. I thought the purple color and unusual blooms would be a novelty among her other growing things.
Do you keep houseplants? If so, what are your favorites? If not, adding a plant to your life might be a great way to brighten your home and improve your health. It may sound wacky, but a number of studies suggest there are measurable benefits in spending time with greenery, including happier moods and enhanced creativity.
Happy Birthday today to my mother, who taught me a lot about how to help all kinds of living things grow!
One year ago today: