I love, love, love succulents- I don't know if it's because they seem so exotic to me (living on the East Coast as I do), their beautiful geometry, their amazing shapes, or what, but I've always been drawn to them. Unfortunately, our semi-attached house gets little natural light during the day, and I'm concerned about my sun-loving friends, especially as the days grow shorter.
via Martha Stewart
Though my research tells me succulents may not be able to survive the tough Maryland winters, I spotted on a recent walk these little hens-and-chicks nesting in an old log. They are so pretty- like a little hidden surprise. I hope they make it through the cold.
Though there are so many varieties, my favorite succulent houseplants have always been simple, fat-leafed jades. The principles of Feng shui claim that a jade plant symbolizes wealth, and, eerily, the jade plant that was given to me as a gift last Christmas truly does seem to fluctuate corresponding to my financial situation. After a few bad months, it seems to be improving- just as I have gotten a new job!
I just added a new friend for my original Jade plant: this beautiful blushing variety, that I just had to paint- the colors of the leaves against the terracotta pot are just so pretty.
To keep my lovely little plants thriving, I'm going to try this house plant light from Fertile Earth. In case you're wondering, yes, it's very difficult to sift through your options for "plant grow light" for products and tips that aren't intended for the more, ahem, medicinal varieties of at-home horticulture. And yes, it's nearly impossible to find a grow light that isn't butt-ugly.