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I love houseplants and during the winter months they always cheer me up on those dismal and cold days when there's not much to do in the garden. I think they can really make a statement in your home and to be honest it was houseplants that first made me take an interest in the garden.
Over the years , I've collected quite a lot a lot and can't seem to stop buying them. I have a collection in one part of the room which I call my jungle corner - my latest purchase being a lovely monstera cheese plant which I thought to be a bit of a bargain . It was only £5 at our local supermarket However, I'm not sure where it's going to live when it gets bigger as it's growing at an alarming rate.
Here is my jungle corner. Does anyone else enjoy them as much as I do ?
Wonderful, Jean - and they're in lovely condition.
Every windowsill that I have is full to capacity with houseplants, plus a few extra shelves
Your plants look absolutely great Jean. I grew some indoor bulbs (small, white narcissus) this autum as recommended by Monty Don on Gardeners' World. Unfortunately they smelt very strange - my husband kept thinking that we must have a mouse going to the toilet in the house until we worked out that it was the flowers! I will now be looking for some slightly less pungent bulbs to grow indoors for over Xmas and in Jan/Feb - any suggestions?
Your houseplants look really healthy Jean I have quite a few but they certainly don't look as good as yours
Pam LL x
Thank you all
Alina, it is good to hear that others are as obsessed as me
Have you ever pruned your jasmine , Glyn and do you know what type it is ? Looking forward to the pics
Lunarz, I was going to suggest Hyacinths but they also have a very heavy scent How about an Amaryllis? They have spectacular flowers
If you like flowering plants I don't think you can go wrong with African violets. Mine are still flowering now. We are off out visiting soon so will be back later
Here are two of my African violets .
This is one small part of my indoor plants,this sun room is full and every room and window sill and porch has plants.Its obsession that I love.
Let's hear it for the houseplants - lovely pics too. If it's not a sunny day (and when I remember) the houseplants have a day trip to the conservatory to get some extra light!
That must be a labour of love, Caz!
Jean, some of my violets are still flowering too, though not as well as yours.
Any suggestions for a flowering plant for a south facing bathroom window? I keep getting it wrong, for instance I bought a Christmas cactus and a Cyclamen but they are more suited to my North facing front porch windows where they are thriving. I have a huge bathroom windowsill crying out for the right plant, would appreciate some advice on what would work in this aspect.
Orchids are my guilty pleasure houseplants and in our conservatory we have a large ficus that keeps the humidity up.We also manage to get poinsettias to reflower here. Each year my husband complains that he can't use the breakfast bar and I have to move everything around but they creep back!
Gracie5 Orchids should do well in your bathroom too
Lovely pics everyone Hmmm Orchids, haven't tried them ( yet )
They are beautiful
I have a red bourganvillea flowering on a south-facing window-sill.
My monstera quickly outgrows its alloted space. The leaves are about two feet long. I have found the solution is to keep chopping off the top, together with an aerial root or two and then potting this up. Once it has rooted, I decide which half to keep and then give the other one away.
Our yucca reached the roof of our conservatory and also got the chop in the spring. We had to use a saw, and took it down to just about a foot of trunk. We chopped the cut off bit into seven six-inch lengths, and put each one into a pot. We did this in February, and by April the original stem has thirteen new shoots and all the little ones had between two and seven shoots. We have found seven new homes for them!
I never thought of having an Orchid, they seem widely available so will have a look. I always wanted a Bourganvillea but they are climbers so not sure it would be suitable for my bathroom windowsill, unless I kept it pruned!!
Thanks for the tip on the monstera, Gardengirl . I'll bear that in mind if it gets too big
Gracie. How about a zebrina ? They love direct sun but also enjoy high humidity so would do well in a steamy bathroom. They don't have to trail either - you could train it up a hoop or mini-trellis and if it gets a bit out of hand you can snip bits off and make new plants.
I have two of these and just love the siver and violet foliage. I think they are also called Wandering sailors.
I had forgotten about zebrina and had to google to remind myself what it looked like. It was a very popular house plant in the seventies and I used to have a couple of them. Also known as Wandering jew, its a thought but might remind me too much of the seventies. I wonder if a Viola would work as a short term flowering plant for indoors!!