My boyfriend woke up and turned to me, "What's wrong?"
"Nothing baby?" I always wake up before him.
"You're just staring at the walls."
"Ohhhhhh, I'm sorry. I'm staring at my plants."
Ferns, actually. I was blissfully and loving staring off into the fronds of my fern collection. I do that a lot these days. It happened slowly, and then all at once. Thrilled to be living alone again after a decade of roommates, I picked out a couple of geraniums at my Mother's suggestion and she gifted them to me.
It took about a year for them to bloom again, and in that time they taught me so much that I didn't even realize I had wanted to learn. I fell in love with green leaves in my apartment. I caught the plant lady bug.
I happened to see a post one day on Catland's instagram page about a witching herb sale. This baby Lemon Button Fern (or fishbone fern) was my one non-herb purchase. It just charmed me.
And as I sank into loving plants, I really jumped into loving ferns.
Ferns have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, I think that's incredible. They grow in lovely curves and arches and they remind me of how joyful it can be just to follow the path and allow it to take me up and down without worry.
I find myself spontaneously meditating with my plants. I sit in front of them breathing and think of the exchange happening.
Caregiver and air cleaner, teacher and student, carbon dioxide and oxygen, them and me. It feels soothing. I'm so pleased to have welcomed my new house plants, and I continue to do my best to care for them.
So far I have learned that I will always tend to overwater. Just as I tend to be overly attentive (sometimes to a point of detriment) in any other area. I mist daily and water every 3-4 days, although I'm trying to cut that back to 5 to see if they are happier this way. Every plant and situation is unique, I do as much reading as I can but I also find I must sit and observe each plant each day and see if they are happy with their environment.
I may lose one or two along the way, but so far we are all growing together in good health. It's wonderful to be able to learn and observe earth right in my apartment and I look forward to growth as an apartment gardener.
How do you bring nature into your living space? What benefits have you noticed? I'd love to hear from you!