When I was younger, I went to B&Q with family and the plant section quickly caught my eye and I brought home a tiny Venus Fly Trap and red Bromeliad. I was clueless about looking after them (I can’t remember that I was actually worried about keeping them alive, and I’m not sure that I had watered them!) and they slowly died.
Chinese Money Plant (Pilea Peperomioides) & Inch Plant (Tradescantia Tricolour)
I didn’t buy any more plants until I moved into a London flat with Aneurin 4.5 years ago. I visited a local garden centre I had never been to and bought a few plants, which scared me a little but I was determined not to kill them! After a while, I saw succulents in a plant stall on the high street and bought some. I was delighted as I’d wanted one for ages.
Despite my best efforts I eventually killed them most of them! I think I have 4 out of ten or twelve plants that are still with me to this day, which are the Madagascar Dragon Tree plant (which is so hardy!), an Echeveria kind of succulent (which survived several near-deaths) and couple of cacti.
Peanut Cactus (Echinopsis chamaecereus)
When we moved to Nottingham 2.5 years ago, our new house had a lot more living space, so I could buy a lot more plants and I eventually learnt how to care for them properly. The greater variety of succulents and houseplants I acquired, the better I got at keeping them alive and my knowledge of indoor gardening grew pretty quickly. I still have a lot to learn and I am keen to gain new knowledge on this journey.
String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii)
Around that time I also started to learn how to propagate succulent leaves and stems and most of them were successful. As I became more confident, I learnt how to separate and grow spiderettes from a spider plant, and propagate a broken leaf from a Variegated Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia Obtusifolia).
Red Log Plant (Peperomia Verticillata), Burro’s Tail Succulent (Sedum morganianum), Bunny Ear Cactus (Opuntia microdasys), Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica), Aloe Vera, Variegated Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica ‘Tineke’) & Prayer Pepper (Peperomia Dolabriformis)
Swiss Cheese Plant or Split Leaf Philodendron (Monstera Deliciosa)
It is now evident that I am crazy for plants! I’ve started incorporating houseplants into my illustrations and products. I was approached by plant related businesses and shops asking to work with me, including geo-fleur and Green Rooms Market.
Peperomia Jadye or Raindrop (Peperomia Polybotrya)
Indoor gardening is a big part of my life now and I am clued up on caring for houseplants, so I want to start writing about plants, and share my experiences, stories, and tips on my blog. I am not an expert at all but I hope this passion of mine will shine through and provide you some interesting insights!
Variegated Stromanthe Plant (Stromanthe sanguinea ‘Triostar’) & Dracaena Lemon Lime Plant (Dracaena fragrans ‘Lemon Lime’)
I am excited to see where this new category will go and to take new photos of my plants, I took most of these photos for the last year for Instagram so they are a little out of date but I am glad to see that I still have all of these plants, only that they are now stronger and bigger!
I hope you enjoy hearing about my plant stories, and if you have any questions or want me to write about anything specific, leave a comment or send me an email!