The theme stuck in my mind from this last week is joy. I’m talking about the Marie Kondo staring deep into your soul and questioning if something brings you unadulterated happiness kind. (OK, Marie Kondo probably wouldn’t do this, but…I do personally find being aggressive and rigorous in the process of decluttering productive.)
My mother says that I tend to buy cheap things and later regret my purchases. Well, drag me more, why don’t you?! She’s not wrong, though. My parents inculcated into me a hardcore scarcity mindset that became its own entity as I grew older. (Thinking back to those days in college when I used Dial soap as a last resort face wash!) I’m learning to invest in quality things that genuinely bring me joy — in moderation, of course.
One of my major highlights from last week was receiving my hoyas in the mail from Zensability’s Etsy page — my carnosa compacta, crimson queen, and pubicalyx to be accurate! They look so good that I’m afraid to water them, so I’m leaving them dry until their leaves soften. The hoyas also came with the gasteria I ordered as well as two freebie succulent cuttings!
I’ve wanted to get hoyas for well over a year now but never came across affordable ones at local nurseries. This is my first online plant purchase as well, so I’m glad I went for a seller who packs their plant babies so carefully.
Another investment plant was this beautiful, lush marble queen pothos with magnificent giant leaves. My dad and I drove to Stockton so that he could run errands. Stockton’s about twenty minutes outside of our city, and I haven’t gone anywhere more than five minutes away from home, so this brief trip felt like a small treat. We stopped at Lowe’s briefly to pick up garden supplies and my eyes fell upon this $15 beauty that resided alongside all the desiccated ferns and crotons.
$15 for a plant is on the higher end in my book, especially when I have to save for my estimated taxes. But look at that. I caught a glance and fell in love immediately. I felt JOY coursing through my mortal veins and had to leave with this literal queen. I’ve killed a marble queen before, but she was a small, rootless 2-inch thing. Just look at that creamy, gargantuan foliage and trailing excellence. I’m royally obsessed.
Speaking of investment pieces, I’m retiring my particle board shelf. I got it from Goodwill in Livermore for $5. $5! And it definitely feels like it costs $5. You might not see its flaws right away, but it came with no backing or screws. I could literally remove the levels. The particleboard composition also lends itself to puffed up water stains whenever I’m too generous with my misting and watering. I’ve managed to find new spots for my plants, but I’m hoping to buy a study shelf soon.
In other news, some dead foliage! I wanted to be artsy, but… it’s dead foliage. That’s all.
Lastly, here are some plants that I’m really loving! Catch a glance of that sweet fresh green baby foliage on my ficus elastica. Isn’t she a beaut? I’m also really loving my peperomia rosso, though, it’s facing a little discoloration from too much light exposure.
This past week really has been calling on me to clean and declutter my space. It’s unthinkable that I would want to chuck any plants (indoor gardening is very much a maximalist ordeal), but if I’m honest, there are just plants that I’m not really feeling anymore! Is that blasphemous? I’m feeling a decluttering post coming up.
Until next time, keep calm and grow on!