A couple of weeks ago Sam helped me load a pick-up full of houseplants. Here are Christmas cactus, Hoya, Dieffenbachia and more, all on the way to their new home. These Christmas cactuses bloom like champs but got too big for their window and also too big for me to re-pot them.
Here they are after unloading at their new residence — they’re just a few blocks away with a neighbor who has a greenhouse and a plant business. There’ll be lots of new baby cactuses in the neighborhood by this time next year.
I love having house plants but I do feel suddenly freer now that I’ve downsized. I’m planning to find homes for even more by the end of the summer, but I’ll still keep one Hoya and a few small Christmas cactuses.
One more example of a container full of plant material — I took this photo at the High Museum in February, on the way through the museum after the preview of “The Coca-Cola Bottle, an American Icon at 100.”
This was my favorite from a three-day exhibition called Art in Bloom. A little closer look —
The window seems a little empty now, but I keep reminding myself that empty is good when I’m downsizing, and extra anything, even plants, can be perceived as clutter.
How many houseplants is too many?
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