A Gardening Year

The adventures and misadventures of an heirloom gardener

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Green Thumb Sunday

Join




You know those home improvement commercials on TV about what Empty Nesters do to their kids' rooms when the kids leave for college? This is the gardening version. There are actually two rooms on the second floor of my house formerly occupied by my daughter that now look like this. Houseplants, plants that are wintering inside and seedlings. This is the sunny room. The other gets less light so it has the primroses, coleus, begonias and african violets. Oops! Forgot to take the price tag off of the new plant stand that is destined for the outdoors but has been temporarily pressed into service to accomodate my overflow.


Gardeners, Plant and Nature lovers can join in every Sunday, visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

20 Comments:

At 1:48 AM, Blogger sisah said...

This is funny, there is somebody far away over the ocean whose window-sill looks similar to mine (the one in the kitchen though). Packed with small succulents, the curtains show the same pattern and design, only the colour is different.
Frohe Ostern- Happy Easter
Sisah

 
At 1:58 AM, Anonymous skeet said...

What a delightful room! It's almost a shame that the plants are destined to spend time elsewhere. Mahalo for sharing via Green Thumb Sunday!

 
At 3:17 AM, Blogger Henny said...

Your window is beautiful decotated. I also forgot the tag on my flowerbasket when i photographed it last month ;-))

 
At 7:12 AM, Blogger A wildlife gardener said...

I love the ingenious ways gardeners find to improvise! I think we all do it. Geoff Hamilton was very good at sharing his ideas.

 
At 8:44 AM, Blogger Laura said...

My kitchen looks like that. I have plants all along the windowsill and around the sink. It's a tiny kitchen to begin with and is much smaller with all the plants!

 
At 1:29 PM, Blogger Marc said...

Looks great! The only thing missing is a florescent light stand in the corner away from the window. That way you can get even more seedlings started!

On second thought, your room looks nice. Putting a big light stand in there could make it ugly like my growing room!

I am enjoying your blog.

 
At 7:33 PM, Blogger OldRoses said...

Sisah, one of my favorite things about garden blogs is being able to see what gardeners are growing around the world.

Skeet, most of them will be staying indoors. Just the seedlings, the plectranthus and the rosemary will be leaving.

Henny, thanks! I'm relieved that I'm not the only one who doesn't see stuff like tags until AFTER I take the photo.

Wildlife Gardener, I've seen some really great improvisations. Stuff I would never have thought of.

Laura, my kitchen windowsill looks exactly the same. And my kitchen is so small that I joke about the spider plant that is taking over. The one hanging in the above picture is from babies from the kitchen spider plant.

Marc, I would love to have lights. They are definitely on my wishlist. As a gardener, I think lightstands are beautiful like composters!

 
At 10:36 PM, Blogger gardenmomma (Chris) said...

What a happy room by that I mean I would be happy every time I entered it! :) My kiddo is off to college in 2 1/2 years. Wonder what she'd do if she came home to a room of plants???

 
At 1:01 AM, Blogger Kylee said...

I, too, have plants in our youngest daughter's room! There is a card table set up in there right now, as well! She was disgusted when she came home for Easter and found that she couldn't even sleep in her old bed because there were even some plants ON the bed, because the head of it is close to a window.

I won't mention all the other rooms that are serving as holding bins for the overwinterers and new seedlings...

 
At 5:40 AM, Blogger Yolanda Elizabet said...

Oldroses, you are a true gardener because I've found that real gardeners not only have plants and seedlings outside but also inside. It's a jungle in my conservatory at the moment, not to mention the windowsills in my kitchen. :-)

Lovely cheerful room BTW.

 
At 11:53 AM, Blogger OldRoses said...

Chris, why don't you start introducing houseplants gradually while she is still at home? Then it won't come as much of a shock when the plants take over after she leaves!

Kylee, on the bed?????? You ARE dedicated!

Yolanda Elizabet, thanks for the compliment. Since I've developed the bad habit of buying houseplants, I'm wondering if I will have any space for seedlings next year!

 
At 12:13 PM, Blogger Naturegirl said...

All my sunny windows have plant stands in front with plants and the cacti are definately a hazzard for the 3 cats! OUCH!Come on spring so I can get them outside!hugs NG

 
At 12:15 PM, Blogger Naturegirl said...

The plants I mean no no only Paisley goes ~out with me~ and then back in whith me!

 
At 1:36 PM, Blogger OldRoses said...

NatureGirl, hmmmm . . . somehow I knew that you meant the plants, not the cats. Did you notice the toy mousy on the floor in the picture?

 
At 7:35 PM, Blogger pmo3ws said...

This empty nester did the same thing. Your room looks so pretty. I have a bad habit of storing things in the empty rooms, which is a terrible habit to get into. About the only time I really spruce them up is when our kids come home for a visit. Isn't that terrible!

 
At 8:48 PM, Blogger Carol said...

Hey, your a gardener, you've gotta do, what you've gotta do to give the plants some light!

 
At 1:31 AM, Blogger OldRoses said...

pmo, you should have seen the way she left that room! I'm still cleaning out the other room which is why there is no picture of it.

Carol, I feel like I have my own greenhouse up there!

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger Sissy said...

You know, I have two plant stands I purchased 5 years ago with the tags still on!! The sit where the plant hides them, so I have never bothered to take them off!

 
At 9:03 PM, Blogger Ki said...

I had to laugh when I saw the blog post and your daughter's room. We did the same thing only the room is jammed with two portable greenhouses for orchids. It gets the good NW light and seems to be perfect for growing orchids. Funny how quickly an empty nest can be filled up again. :)

 
At 3:55 PM, Blogger Kerri said...

I have carry-over plants in both my son's and daughter's old rooms upstairs. And, just like you, the only time they get cleaned up is when the kids come home.
So you're not alone!
A gardener's gotta do what a gardener's gotta do! :)

 

Post a Comment

<< Home