Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Beating winter blahs on a budget

Tiny potted ferns at the grocery checkout were calling my name. "Buy me! My rabbits-foot fronds are delicate and springlike. You need me in a dainty cup on your bedside table."

Only the few dollars left in my grocery envelope kept me from grabbing one of each. When January's gray skies arrive, I need a touch of green around the house. Since I can't afford house plants this month, I decided to improvise. These cheerful containers peeked out of my cabinet.You can use any container that holds water, from terra cotta to tea cups. I snipped a few handfuls of a glossy shrub in my front yard. Adding the clippings to water makes an instant, if temporary, "houseplant." I placed one at my writing table in the breakfast room.The calico cup adds a fresh note to the bathroom counter. There! Now I can breathe again.

5 comments:

Mary Ann said...

I do this too! I like the fresh green touch this time of year. And it's free!

Lindsey @ Enjoythejourney said...

I saw this weekend at Lowes (the home depot type place/rival) that they had a whole rack of clearance discounted plants in the greenhouse section. Ivy, ferns, etc that are "less than pretty" for like .25 each. Basically if you have a green thumb you could nurse them back to health.

I love your idea! I get the winter blahs too. I miss the greenery with spring & summer. However its been so dad-gum warm here in NC that my daffodils are blooming already.

Queen of Carrots said...

I don't have a green thumb, at least not for houseplants, but I did pretty well with a sweet potato in a jar last January, so we're do it again this year. Great preschool science activity, too!

lynn marie said...

Nice green thumb! You have such wonderful ideas for the rest of us. Thank you for sharing.

Stephanie said...

Good for you to sticking to your cash envelope! I have to go back to that system! (I've been saying it for about six months now!)

I have lots of baby spiders (plants that is). they would look so cute in little cups or something. Hmmm...

I wonder if they would survive the trip if I mailed you some?