Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Houseplant Appreciation Day

My favorite new calendar is one which tells me how to celebrate each and every day of 2018. Today it's Houseplant Appreciation Day. 

When I first moved home to Newfoundland into an apartment, I knew I would miss my flower garden and I wanted a little greenery. So I purchased a few plants at yard sales that I thought would be hearty enough to survive living in a basement apartment as well as the long NL winters. They have given me much joy (and hope for the return of spring). Sometimes I like to gather them together on the deep window sill in front of the biggest, brightest window and tell them how great they are. Here are my green children. 

Because of their beauty (and fearing for their lives), I brought these 2 to my office which gets much more light. 

 And in spite of my encouragement, love and best efforts, this is how Ivy repaid me during Xmas. Her leaves dried, fell off, and she all but dried up. Oh dear! 

I have been careful not to speak disparaging words to her; but I feel she may already feel it in my body language ... and the fact that I've segregated her to the bright kitchen window location. 

Prayer is requested!

Today as it seems most days now, Corner Brook is experiencing "snow squalls". (snowsquall (or snow squall) is a sudden moderately heavy snow fall with blowing snow and strong, gusty surface winds.[1] It is often referred to as a whiteout and is similar to a blizzard but is localized in time or in location and snow accumulations may or may not be significant.)

This is the view from my office window. We are on a hill, and normally, we can see other houses and the bay! I felt so bad for that fat little black bird which huddled all by herself on the wire for upwards of 30 min. She's gone now, so I can only hope she found her flock and a warmer place to dwell. 

And as soon as they free me from my workplace, I too shall flock home to the warmth of my wire. And I think I'll gather my green children round me .... even those that disappoint me .... and tell them how much I appreciate their life, their color and their tenacity.

Happy Hump Day, y'all!


Kim Standard said...

That sounds like a neat ideal for a calendar! You have a green thumb. I know some plants are more difficult. Snow is pretty for a little while

Kay G. said...

I would give you gardening advice but alas, it is my HUSBAND who has the green thumb! (That is what we say in America, in England, they say if someone is a good gardener he has green fingers!) Stay warm!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

How great to find a calendar with the holidays on it. You know I love having a reason to celebrate every day.. I am not a good indoor gardner at all but the plants I had in containers outside did do well and I'm looking forward to planting more in the spring. It's my fault houseplants expire here, I forget to water them. My sister gave me a little air plant for Christmas and I'm wondering how long I can keep that alive. Be safe and keep warm in all the cold and snow!