GOING GREEN


I could smell earth and sunlight, and the air felt cool against my skin. Cool and fresh. Everything was so green, so vivid, so alive. I visited each greenhouse--one had orchids and carnivorous plants, and another had tray after tray of small sprouts. There were the succulents, the cacti, the fruit trees, the bonsai trees, the ferns, the palms. And I wanted it all; I wanted a jungle. I wanted a forest. A wild tangle of leaves and greenery--oh, I wanted it all. But instead, I settled for a four-dollar graptosedum and a promise that I would be back.

















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  1. Thanks for visiting my blog and taking time to leave a comment! Your photo's look stunning, you have a great eye. The names of my post are a reference to Friends :-) it's one of my favourite shows. I have one penpal, and I am a Postcrossers. If you're ever interested in doing a swap, you can drop me a line at yourinvisiblecrown@gmail.com

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  2. Beautiful photos! I wish I could have a forest, but I am not a gardener... lol I've tried. We do have strawberries our neighbour gave us when we moved in that our holding their own. They are still surrounded by weeds though (although right now they're all covered in snow, hoping when it all melts it will make the weeds easier to pull!). But the plants I've had in the house just don't seem to last, except for a Christmas cactus I had once, I suppose I should stick to cacti lol
    Also, thank you for the comments on my blog :)

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    1. I'm far from a gardener, myself! I think my mom inherited that gene, and it skipped me. :) Strawberries are pretty hearty plants, actually! My uncle used to have some in his yard, and I always enjoyed picking those. Now, there is a mulberry tree near my apartment, so I know I'll picking those this summer!

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  3. Oh how lovely. With this awful winter, I would love to visit (or live in!!) a pretty greenhouse full of pretty plants.

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  4. Love the photos and yes! Always have the same exact reaction when I go to a greenhouse. I have some vision of myself one day having my own greenhouse in the backyard or maybe just a sunroom where I toddle around a sea of green plants. I didn't even know I loved plants so much until we bought our house, but now I want them everywhere.

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  5. That's how it starts: one graptosedum, a breath of fragrance, a brightly colored pot. Sunshine. You will return and there will be an orchid near your window, a palm in the corner. Orchids are as easy as sedums and you don't have to root every little fleshy leaf that breaks off.

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    1. Funny you mention a palm--I actually have a parlor palm! I got it for free when I group here in Indianapolis was handing them out. It's slowly growing. I'm curious to see how big it will get someday. I'm still not entirely sold on orchids (I find their shape a bit awkward), but they produce beautiful flowers! They're very exotic looking. And seductive. :)

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  6. When I go to a greenhouse, I always wish I could just bring everything home. Luckily I have cats and not enough safe spots, haha. :)

    Love your photos!

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    1. I'm very much the same way! I picked up a few more succulents the other day. I'm hoping I don't kill them! Even the saleswoman asked if I wanted to buy more, haha. I completely sympathize about the cats, though! If I had mine here, I would have no plants. She'd be too preoccupied with trying to eat them.

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  7. I am trying to grow some succulents at home, and these pictures excite me to no end. I would love to bring one of those tiny potted ones home!

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  8. What beautiful photos and I am definitely partial to succulents. I can't wait to start my spring planting, whenever this weather finally decides to really warm up.

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    1. I hope you are able to start your planting soon, even with, I'm sure, the inevitable springtime rain. I've grown really attached to succulents, and I'm trying to improve my "black thumb."

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  9. I can't wait to pay a visit to our local greenhouse. There is still a bit of a chill here and my husband told me to hold off for a bit. He's the one with the green thumb - I tend to have a "black" one like you!

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    1. He sounds like a handy guy--you can always pick out the prettiest things and then delegate their care to him. :) I'm hoping to go to a conservatory sometime soon as well. We've gotten rain, rain, rain for three days straight now, so, soon enough, things are going to be quite verdant!

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