Monday, June 6, 2011

101 Ways To Smile: Bring Nature Home




I've been craving leaves, trees, bushes, even dirt. I bought a bunch ( five or six ) of houseplants and put them in my kitchen ( photos soon ) and a hanging blooming plant that is overflowing with pink blossoms. I'm such a faulty gardener I don't know the name of the flower, but it's gorgeous, and I hung it right by our front door, next to Lola's 'fairy area'. ( photos! i know! ) I also planted a few very old bulbs that most likely won't bloom, and threw the rest of the deadish looking ones onto the yard for the birds to peck at. I have taken to opening our side glass door and throwing out pieces of carrots, fruit, bread for whatever hungry wild animal trying to survive in suburbia. I pulled weeds and dead crackly roots that look like old hands, and the dirt under my nails helped me relax. Lola has three little herb pots that were in her Easter basket that are now growing nicely, and I bought a packet of wildflower seeds at Target or WalMart? and plan to use those in the next week. When I have the money, I'm going to buy a huge indoor plant for our living room, and I already have a jaunty little stick to use in Lola and Ever's room via the first picture. I just read Sarah Wilson's post the other day on nature escapes. I have been escaping into nature as much as possible my whole life. Mr. Curry and I see ourselves moving- literally- that was as we get older.

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Ms. Moon said...

I have the opposite situation- nature just keeps trying to get in my house and kill me! Okay, not really. But there is an awful lot of nature in Lloyd. Foxes, bats, snakes, frogs, squirrels, birds, coons, possums, stinging bugs of all kinds....
But I must love it because here I am.

silverfinofhope said...

I crave green constantly, and am addicted to change in general, so growth and choking vines and unfurling blooms are always welcome. Love that bathroom with the little jars of product and sprigs of greenery!

Hannah Stephenson said...

I always feel bad for the plants I bring in--my cats immediately chew them. But my favorites to have indoors are jade trees...they are so pretty, and I love the shape of their leaves.

anymommy said...

I've had a craving for plants lately too and I am SO not a gardener. Love these pictures. And oh - that Ever - just caught up! She's priceless.

Marion said...

I love living in the middle of nowhere, Louisiana, near a swamp and across the street from the woods. I love the birds, flowers, bugs, snakes, possums, cats, dogs, all of it.

My granddaughter asked me last week about my fairy door and we had a long conversation about whether or not fairies are real. :-) (Of course, they're real!) Love the photos you posted. IMO, one cannot have too much green. I have hundreds of potted plants, herbs, flowers and veggies. Just call me Mother Nature. ;-)

Blessings,
Marion

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

I say one of the most important elements in any space is the green from outside or the bare branches. nature, nature, nature. I notice when my home feels like it needs more of a pulse, it's because it's lacking natural elements.
You hit the nail on the head, Maggie. Gorgeous pictures.

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

I love the touch of nature indoors and love the way those terra cotta pots look on that white table (i have the same one!) - thanks for the inspiration!

xo Mary Jo

lacienciacohete said...

I love having a little touch of nature inside. It's so hot in Kansas that the flowering shrubs in my backyard have already started to die. Meaning, I cut a few off the vine and have placed them in makeshift vases (empty beer bottles--I save Stella Artois and India Pale Ale bottles expressly for this purpose) along my bookshelf.

Terresa said...

Wildflowers, indoor plants, I vote for both. And some books of poetry thrown in for good measure (Rilke, Sexton, etc).

Funny how easy it is for me to enjoy well decorated homes than put my own effort into doing anything with mine...

(sigh)

The Beckster said...

I LOVE those pictures!

What I do not love is anything that involves being outside. So the idea of bringing plants into my interior space seems a bit scary to me.

I know there is something wrong with me.

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