Category Archives: plants

signs you are getting old

I am a bit of an old lady at heart, it’s true.

I present as evidence:

1. I make candy at home
2. I knit and embroider
3. I like to stay home
4. I think “The Golden Girls” is quality television, own a few seasons all seven seasons on DVD, quote it fluently, laugh out loud at it, and watch said DVDs at least one a week
5. I am currently waiting patiently for my homemade vanilla extract to be ready (december 17th!)
6. I own a one-piece bathing suit
7. the following items can usually be found in my handbag: cough drops, a handkerchief, tums, tea bags
8. I have been known to slip an ice cube or two into a glass of white wine or rosé
9. I enjoy going to the opera
10. I generally prefer knee-length or longer skirts

there you have it. scary, huh?


25 before 26

tomorrow is my 25th birthday.

in the spirit of the occasion, I made a list of 25 things to do before I turn 26. they are in no particular order, and some seem much more do-able that others.

here are 10 of them:

* grow something edible [basil, strawberries]

*take a trip out of the country [c0mpleted 12/2011, Mexico… although I *did* know I would be doing this before I made the list… hmm…]

* complete two stories I feel good about

* visit the Guggenheim museum

* get a haircut [chopped an donated a 17″ braid in april!]

* start a retirement account

* Read “The Best American Short Stories of the Century”  (which is 57 stories and 788 pages)

* visit my brother in Maine [made the voyage to maine in january—brrrr!]

* wear fun lipstick more often [a little early to call but so far 2011 is my lipstickiest year yet: there’s no red too bright, nor no pink to hot for me!]

* make a cheesecake from scratch

stay tuned for the remaining 15.

happy birthday to me.

new growth

hello there. I bet you were just thinking about plants, right? right.

and I’m sure you’ve been thinking about my wackily gorgeous spotted dragon-wing begonia ever since it debuted on my little old blog a few weeks ago…

… of course you have.

something terribly exciting has happened around my tiny nook of brooklyn since then. well, terribly exciting if you’re me, or if you happen to be just as big of a dweeb as me. (apologies to M, J &F, all of whom had to witness my champagne-fueled ass showing off this “terribly exciting” thing in person last week–I know, I know, I am a wingnut).

the back-story: I made a cutting of my beloved SDWB about two months ago, rooted it in water, and potted that baby up. for a long while, it just looked like a leaf stuck in some dirt. womp womp.

but… [I can just feel you waiting with baited breath for the happily-ever-after]… then…

it grew a spoutie!

sproutie exhibit A: tiny curly new leaf, and small green pokey bit underneath it on the right.


(oh, yeah, the goose… a certain beloved local restaurant of mine has a bowl of tiny farm animals on its hostess station, as opposed to a bowl of mints… needless to say I have amassed quite a collection, most of which live in my plants because apparently I am crazy for tiny turkeys, bunnies, horses et al)


in other tiny and lovable plant news, I humbly present to you my most humble and adorable little guy:

that, my friends, is the tiniest little succulent you ever did see.
I found him in july, in the pot of another, much larger succulent. he was about a third smaller then, if you can imagine, as he is currently the size of my pinkie fingernail! I very carefully plucked him out of there, teensy root and all, and put him in his own little pot. I am pleased to report he is doing quite well–alive and growing.
it can’t be normal for one’s heart to swell with such love for a tiny plant… but if thinkin’ plants are cute is wrong, then I don’t wanna be right.

daily photo

after brunch with a lovely old pal of mine (who is currently residing in queens and securing a masters at NYU), I stopped by my local farmer’s market, as I do most sundays.

I usually just buy a few things for the week. this week I snagged some lovely apple cider (which is the best deal at the market, in my opinion, at $2.50 for a 1/2 gallon… I’m currently downing one of those babies per week), heirloom apples called “keepsakes” (which, aside from having an adorable name, are DELICIOUS), bosc pears, beets, and bell peppers. but oftentimes, I am seduced by something gorgeous that I absolutely don’t need (past such acquisitions have included gigantic bunches of basil, new houseplants, mint etc). today’s case in point: a giant, $7 bunch of eucalyptus.

why? because it is beautiful, it smells lovely, and it reminds me of california. (man, the smell of the eucalyptus forests of norcal when it rains is a very good thing). so, good enough reasons to spend a frivolous $7, if you ask me. it’s the little things, really.

the bunch was so huge I divided it up and now it’s all over the apartment… two small bunches in the kitchen, the large one pictured above in my bedroom, three small ones in the hall, one in the living room, and a little one in the bathroom. dee-lightful.

because I’m the type of person to photograph her plants

after moving to new york, I developed kind of a thing for plants. I think it’s grew from a simultaneous deprivation of nature (yes, new orleans is a city, too, but a very green one… and my little nook of the city was crawling with angel’s trumpets, saucer magnolias, crepe myrtle, wandering jew, ginger etc) and of my kitty (in that I suddenly had nothing to tend and care for).

so, I’ve really developed quite a sudden and deep appreciation for plants: I read about them, have amassed quite a collection of houseplants, observe them everywhere I go (including a few trips to the wonderful BBG) etc.

to date, I have many in my home, including: rosemary, jade, various succulents, aloe, snake plant, spider plant, parlor palm, rex begonia, money tree, diffenbachia (aka dumb cane or lengua de vaca), venus flytrap, crown of thorns, spotted dragon-wing begonia (my favorite), pothos (aka devil’s ivy), peperomia,  pink wax plant, ivy… and… that’s all I can think of for now. I’ve made cuttings of the spotted d-w begonia, rex begonia, crown of thorns, peperomia, jade, and ivy. I’ve come to love propagating the little guys, taking a small cutting, sticking it in water and then seeing little rootlets form. the two pothos I have actually come from cuttings I made of the pothos plant at my work, and they are both doing very well.

I took some pictures today of a few of the plants, because apparently that’s the kind of lady I (now) am.

spotted dragon-wing begonia:


vignette of dragon-wing begonia, spider plant and pothos:

venus flytrap:


pink wax plant:

money tree:

rex begonia:

close-up of crown of thorns:


so, yes, I am the crazy plant lady. and that’s just fine by me.

I’ve cut myself off from accumulating more for now, but I would like to find a potted marigold for dia de los muertos.