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  1. You have such a variety of plants and they are all so healthy and green! Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. So jealous Brenda! I do not have a green thumb but all of your plants look fantastic. Featuring you on Sundays at Home this week!

  3. Brenda this is so funny. I am reading your post about houseplants and just this past week I bought a ponytail palm, a spider plant, and some other plants for my house! You are a wealth of knowledge – thank you for sharing all your tips!
    Donna

  4. Brenda, I love house plants. I had many at one time but now only have a couple. I was just thinking the other day I want a plant in my bedroom. When I worked I had the greenest cubical! It helped with the bad air for sure. Now I need more in my home! Thanks for the great info! Hugs, Linda

  5. Thank you for posting the pictures of your beautiful plants. I love them, and I love plants, too! They give me peace and I feel very tranquil while taking care of mine. I used to do a lot of outdoor gardening, but drought, grasshoppers, and age got the best of me, so I replaced my need to love and care for those challenges with inside house plants, and I haven't been happier.

  6. Your houseplants are lovely, Brenda. I especially like the white-leafed with green-splotch pothos and I love the green and white pretty teacup and sauce you have with your plants. I had (notice past-tense there) maidenhair fern that was gorgeous in my garden containers last summer, and brought it in to overwinter. Cats got to it, and I'm trying to see if it will come back to live in a protected spot under a grow light away from cat's reach–we'll see–it was beautiful.

  7. One thing that might help ferns and some of the other humidity loving plants is a pebble tray. Put a tray/saucer/whatever with pebbles/rocks underneath the pot, have water just covering the rocks(not touching the bottom of the pot). The water provides humidity as it evaporates. Also, in the winter, you can use a regular humidifier in the area.
    The reason plants don't like to be repotted in a much bigger pot is they spend their time growing roots, and no tops. Also, a way big pot tends to be too wet for the roots. Most plants like to be potbound. You can prolong repotting pothos and philodendrens by cutting them back. If you want to keep some of the hanging down part, cut about a third of the trailers. I usually just go around the edge of the pot and cut off everything hanging down. Then you can root all the cuttings.

  8. You have so many pretty plants. I really think plants make the air much cleaner and it's nice to have something "living" in your home. Moving them around is important, too. I used to have so many plants, Brenda. But I was spread so thin with 4 little kids that they got neglected and I couldn't justify the expense of getting more. I was a murderer!! And what's more, I have no space, not even a surface for one. I bring in the ones I keep on my patio in the summer and they make my family room look like a jungle!

    Thanks for the tips. I do need to replace the rosemary tree in my garden window that didn't make it this winter despite all my attention and effort. I like your ponytail palm. Did you get it at a big box store that I may find here?

    XO,
    Jane

  9. Brenda I have plant envy…yours are beautiful and so homey. I would love to have more plants right now I have some type of cactus and my amaryllis just lost it's last bloom and I have to figure where we go from here with it…made me sad it was so pretty and the first time I ever had one. I don't get a ton of lignt but I'm going to try and figure what kind of plants I can get and add some. Thanks for the information!

  10. Good morning Brenda. I love all your plants and they all look very healthy to me. I agree that plants make a house feel cozy. People don't have houseplants like they used to. I remember back in the 70s everyone's houses were filled with plants. The only plants I have right now are the ferns from my porch which I brought in last fall. I do the shower thing with them and they had survived quite well. (hugs) Rhondi

  11. The gnats may be fungus flies from soil being to moist. I had that problem last year. I just couldn't get rid of them and ended up dumping a lot of my plants. Then I read that if you bake your soil before you plant it will kill all the eggs in the soil. They really like african violets and many times will come home with you in one, then they lay eggs in the other plants. This is the time of year that I usually buy a few new planys for my house. It just feels good to see green and helps with my Spring fever.

  12. Your plants are beautiful Brenda. Your home looks like a "green house"/plant nursery. They know that you love them.. That's why they are doing so well. Do you talk to them ?
    I have some spider plants that I'm trying to keep alive until warmer weather gets here. They will go back out on my deck.
    Pippa loves to bite the baby "spiders" off and bring them to me. I guess she thinks she's bringing me a present.
    I would love to have more plants but having kitties makes that difficult.. I guess Cheryl and I are in the same boat.

  13. You have such pretty, healthy looking plants! Plants add so much to a home, I think. I have several, but I have a hard time keeping the kitties from chewing on them. The bird's nest fern in your second photo is one that I've tried to grow, but I've never had any luck with them. I'm not sure what I do wrong.

  14. I love plants in the house too Brenda and yours look so healthy and happy.

  15. Your house plants are so beautiful! I would love to have more indoors, but no matter how hard I try my black thumb prevails! xoxo

  16. You won't be surprised to hear I love your plants. You know I'm a houseplant lover, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. I also enjoy houseplants…I have always had them and could never not have some…I loved the beautiful pictures of yours you posted today…Take care! Carol

  18. Brenda . . . I loved seeing your groupings of indoor plants and your sound tips for their care. Since I moved to a different house a year ago, I AND my plants are a bit "disoriented". I had lots of southern sunlight coming in (I'm in Minnesota) in my previous house, but this house has it's bedrooms along the south side. A bit of confusion here . . . tee, hee.

  19. Your first fern is a bird's nest fern. My indoor plants are all on wire shelf units in front of my patio doors. What I'd give for a sunroom…

  20. Your houseplants are definitely feeling the love and care and reciprocating! ๐Ÿ™‚
    AND…Java Talk ( your post and all of the comments / participants ) was so much fun….just seeing everyone pitch in and Judy jumping in every once in awhile there about your birthday, lol…
    that I hope you continue it in some manner or another! I think that you should…based on the comments, tea and soda pop drinkers joined in too..so everyone was happy to join into a sort of coffee-klatch at your place / it was fun. Maybe once a week or once a month but do it again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Your houseplants are incredibly pretty! Very healthy looking. I'm impressed, as I've never had much luck with plants. Thanks so much for these tips. Surely they will help!

  22. I love your beautiful houseplants. I wish I could grow them, but alas, my thumb is not green.

  23. Your plants are lovely, Brenda. I especially like your bromeliads. I must look for one for my home. Houseplants add so much to our decor and gives us something "alive" for the inside. I enjoy african violets that are now blooming quite happily in our Florida room. Enjoy your day! โ™ฅ

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