Ever since we moved into our house late last year I have been slowly filling our space with plants. I love how they look, the shades of greens and varying textures. I also love that they are good for us too. How much thought have you given to air quality and the benefits of owning indoor plants? I stand by my claim that the air quality in our house is so great because of our hardworking, leafy friends. Despite three kids (two under two!) our home also feels intrinsically calm, and I put it down to this.
I’ve also been doing quite a bit of reading recently on using plants to support sleep. Andy has slept terribly since I first met him, however it seems to be getting increasingly worse – who could have predicted that three kids would do that, hey?! Here are a few plants which are suggested for the bedroom: lavender, because it’s soothing and reduces blood pressure and heart rate; jasmine has been shown to actually increase your sleep as well as the likelihood of waking up with less anxiety and in a better mood; Ivy reduces airborne mould; and rosemary which has a heady aroma that is believed to reduce anxiety and stress.
Before you ask – I actually find it easier to look after a houseful of plants rather than the odd one. This is because it’s virtually impossible to forget about them when they’re peeping back at me from every corner. It’s also quite painless once you get into a rhythm. I water them all every couple of days (more if it’s sunny and they are in direct sunlight) and spritz the leaves or give them a soaking in the shower about once a week. We also have a little dusting wand and dusting off the leaves is one of the girls’ weekly chores. It’s all pretty easy really, and is nowhere near as time consuming as you might expect! Another little tip is to make friends with the people you buy your plants from, they’re often a wealth of knowledge and can easily tell you what you’re doing wrong if you show them a photo of your less-than-happy-looking plant. Side note: small, local shops are best for this, as they tend to employ people who know their stuff/love plants.
Now, tell me: do you play favourites? Mine is a sweet little Pilea. I get oddly maternal about all of the wee plant babies that spring up! Propagating them is also my new thing (am I showing my age here/being totally boring?!? This girl knows how to have FUN.) and here’s a great website which talks you through propagating lots of different houseplants.
*These are a random assortment of some plant-filled interior photos that make me happy.