I knew I needed to find a new hobby...
During the second lockdown, (the one that started in December 2020 and lasted until March/April 2021) I really struggled mentally. I found myself treating every night like it was a weekend night, drinking alcohol every day and eating comfort food.
I actually fell in love with a cocktail called The Bees Knees, (I'll post the recipe at the bottom), and when it got to a point where it wasn't very strong anymore, I knew I needed to find another hobby!!
This is where adding to the collection definitely increased my love for house plants, so it made sense to give them all names. I got the idea from a website called Patch Plants
(This is where Sharon came from, she's my Parlour Palm and sits pride of place in the corner of our lounge. She's fairly low maintenance and always looks grand). Patch Plants deliver straight to your door and their plants are great quality too. As are beards & daisies, I've bought from both companies for myself and for gifts, I love their Plants.
Here is a list of my Plants and their names:
♡ Sharon - Parlour Palm
♡ Rapunzel - Devils Ivy
♡ Pascal - Rapunzel's Baby (I'll talk about this later)
♡ Suzie - Snake Plant
♡ Julian - Prayer Plant
♡ Bertie - Boston Fern
♡ Pippa - Peace Lily
♡ Bob - Spider Plant
♡ Bob Jnr - Bob's Baby
You may think I'm absolutely mad, I did too until I realised how many people also name their plants!
They're good for the air
There is nothing quite like bringing a slice of nature into the home. House plants give a rich green colour and a sense of peace & tranquillity. They can improve your mood, they can increase your productivity and have the ability to improve the air quality.
They do this through the process of photosynthesis, where they remove the carbon dioxide in the air and replace it with oxygen. This means that the air is purer and contains less toxins.
If you then combine the room with one of our Flower diffusers, you will be able to smell the glorious fragrance better.
Create more Plants for free
If you have heard of the term propagation, this basically means taking cuttings from established plants and creating mini ones. I have managed to do this successfully this year with both Bob (Spider Plant) and Rapunzel (Devil's Ivy), they both sit in our Kitchen windowsill (See pic above).
She's my favourite because she hangs from the ceiling in the corner of my lounge. What a beauty.
It's actually a lot easier than you think. You need to take cuttings (I watched YouTube videos for this to make sure I got it right for the right plant) and you put them into water for a period of time to grow roots. Once that correct amount of time has passed, you'll be able to pot them.
And voila, free plants 🙌🏻
Cocktail recipe - the Bees Knees
2 tsp honey50ml dry gin25ml lemon juiceicelemon zest strip, to serve
Put the honey in a small jug or cup and add 1 tsp freshly boiled water. Stir well until smooth and the honey is nicely thinned down.
Pour the honey mixture into a cocktail shaker along with the gin, lemon juice and a large handful of ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker feels very cold.
Double strain into a cocktail glass or a coupe and garnish with a curled strip of lemon zest – you can do this by wrapping it tightly around a spoon handle.