Thursday, February 03, 2011

Mom’s Hostas


Despite my love and appreciation of indoor plants, I have been terrible at taking care of them. The most I can seem to do is to remember to water them, and when that doesn’t work... sadly, it’s all over for them. On the other hand my mom keeps her hostas in impeccable shape and has given me many clippings over the years (which I have left my husband to do the potting alone because touching soil kind of freaks me out. I know, this is getting embarrassing!). Her hostas always look so lusciously green and perky.



The leaves and stems are not as yellowed out as they appear here. My scanner always picks up too much yellow, which kind of drives me crazy.


Pondering getting some clippings again this spring for a fresh new start... how are you and your plants?

9 comments:

  1. They look great and full of light!
    My plants are fine, only a dafodil one I bought some days ago, she is not standing very well. Don't know why! I keep her feet wet and put it at indirect light, but she looks faded, all the flowers... I think it's just that she's an outsider and feels probably in jail inside home. But with such cold outside, I don't dare to leave her out!

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  2. Yellow scanner or not, this painting is amazing! I really love the vertical banner proportions.

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  3. this is gorgeous!! love your watercolours!
    my plants seem to be doing okay now, but I've lost a couple by moving house... plants can be very sensitive to where they live, even if to me the spots I chose were similar to where they were in the old house! then again, I'm taking my time to settle, too ;)

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  4. i cannot wait to start up my herb garden again! i've been saving cardboard egg cartons to plant seeds the second i get back from israel. and there are 500 worms living in my laundry room right now composting....

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  5. These hostas glow! I have a brown thumb, myself. Luckily the broccoli plants we got recently have been put into the ground in time for a lot of rain and they seem to like it.

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  6. Beautiful watercolors Rieko! I have hostas at work. At home I have a jade plant, an African prayer plant and a Christmas cactus. I've had the prayer plant and Christmas cactus for 17 years! This is my method for plant success: You have to learn to hear the plants talking to you (hahah). When you are doing something quiet around the house like eating or brushing your teeth, look at the plant. Look at it every day. Don't water it. When you see it start to droop, it is saying "uh, Rieko? I, like, need some water? Seriously." and then give it some water. Pour the water in slowly and pour it all the way around all the dirt, imagining the dirt is like a sponge and you are trying to make the whole sponge wet. For a medium sized pot, pour in about one large glass full of water and then wait for a couple of minutes. If the water goes through the pot into the plate underneath, it's enough. If after a few minutes, it gets absorbed back into the dirt, that means you could add a little more water. Only add enough water so that there is a little in the plate underneath. That means the big earth sponge is saturated! Then watch the plant over the next half hour (this is just something you should do at first to learn how your plant speaks). You'll see it get really fluffy! It will perk up and say things like "aaaahhh!" and "mmmMMMmmm" which is pretty fun. Then do the same thing again. Just keep watching it and when it droops again, do it again! There are other things you can learn more about like putting different layers of types of earth/gravel for different purposes, but if you get a hosta, they are super easy to grow so just plain old earth will do. Luckily if you decide to never grow plants at all, you can always have beautiful paintings of them!!

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  7. This has been so wonderful, hearing everyone’s plant stories! Gayley, you just casually touched on a very esoteric topic here!! Thank you so much for sharing your boundless wisdom, as always.

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  8. beautiful painting! want to do it at home with my plant.

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  9. oh jm- min :) first time posting comments !

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