Urban Jungle Bloggers- I get plants now!

Over the past few months my interest in plants has gone from virtually zero, to the very opposite.

So I’m joining in with the Urban Jungle Bloggers for September and the theme is Plant Selfie! I thought I’d share my story and plants, lets see if you can relate?

You see I’ve never been very good with them, they always end up dying on me. And not to say that there hasn’t been any recent casualties, but proportionally I’m not killing everything now.

bohemian living room

It feels like a light that has just been switched on, yes I’ve always loved flowers. But plants- well, like I said, not so lucky.

I’ve surprised myself with this growing interest. I sometimes wonder if it’s just a fad, a trend that I’ve finally succumbed to. Whether it is or not doesn’t really matter, the fact is I’m enjoying it.

my kitchen flowers old fashioned susie

The other day a realisation came to me, and perhaps some understanding, of this fairly recent plant light switch being flicked on.

This plant interest of mine, I believe, is related to my children.

My smallest has just started preschool. Subconsciously, for me anyway, I’ve let her go a little bit, she is growing up and having her own life, without me around all the time. We aren’t having any more children so maybe there’s a small space inside which knows that, and is looking for a substitute.

I get it now. Nature=Nurture.

I think because I’m so used to caring for my kids at home, that now they aren’t around as much, I’m seeking something else to nuture and nourish- enter plants!

oldfashionedsus plantselfie

What do you think of my theory?

I haven’t related plants to myself in this way before, which is probably why they all ended up dying.

Also, this post is a bit confessional;

Part of my ineffectiveness with plants is to do with my parents being bloody brilliant gardeners.

My mum especially, has got qualifications in horticulture. Of course now I see their skills as a real asset but previously, well I think I could’ve been reverting to teenage behaviours, and of course I didn’t want to help with the garden conversations *face palm*.

Or maybe I’ve just reached middle age now and Plants are my Rock N Roll… I’d love to hear about your personal stories with plants, any similarities to mine?

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  1. September 12, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Gorgeous selfie I’m liking your style! I goo have succumbed and I’ve only slightly killed one over the last 18 months, oh yeah and the dog had an accident with one! welcome to the jungle!! Xxxx

    • Susie
      September 13, 2016 / 7:52 pm

      Yey!! What are we like!

  2. September 13, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Pets, plants, kids we are mothers for all! It is in our nature to take care!

  3. September 14, 2016 / 7:33 am

    Looking forward to seeing more of your plants related posts. I love having succulents and cacti at home. x

  4. September 15, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    Great plant selfie!

    Being a greenie, I have always loved plants and have many that are over 15 years old (having survived/battled with my six cats!) I think everyone should give plants a try as there are loads out there that are really simple to take care of. Mother In Law’s Tongue, Zamioculcas Zamifolia (or ZZ) and Aloe Vera are some 🙂 I see you’re already embracing the Aloe 🙂

  5. September 15, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    love this post! I become a crazy plant lady when I have one to tend after. Also absolutely LOVE your artwork “every girl should have a little black drink” amazing xx

  6. September 16, 2016 / 10:12 am

    Haha! I think it’s also getting older (that’s what I put it down to)….! Looking forward to seeing you growing collection – green fingers! x

  7. September 16, 2016 / 10:49 am

    Interesting! You may well have a point there. Plants are a lovely thing to have around the home too. The yard so much character. Lovely post X

  8. September 17, 2016 / 2:00 am

    I love Urban jungle bloggers! I used to read before all the time and then forgot about them! Thank you for reminding me! Off to read them!

    • Susie
      September 21, 2016 / 7:25 pm

      Yes Anna! It is quite addictive isnt it!

  9. September 17, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    I’ve never been one for plants either. I always kill them. But then I discovered that Dracena are impossible to kill. I’ve had one of mine since 2000. Then my brother bought me some plants from a company called Easy Care Plants. I’ve not killed them either. I think this has given me the confidence boost I needed. And now I’m a little bit obsessed with plants too. I’ve repotted my cacti today so just hoping they survive. I’m really looking forward to reading the urban jungle bloggers book and filling my home with yet more plants. Good luck on your plant journey.

    • Susie
      September 21, 2016 / 7:24 pm

      Ah I think the confidence is a big part of it- thanks Stacey x