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.