“No, no, no,” you say, “don’t tell me about a book about houseplants in gardening season. I’m an outdoor dude.” Well folks, pn rainy days like we've had lately, all you can do is stand with nose pressed to glass, sighing.
Some of my favourite houseplants were purchased in gardening season to ease the pain of the rainy season. And I have to tell you that Kylee Baumle and Jenny Petersen don’t think much of my choices.
These authors want you to rethink your approach to houseplants. If you’re saying, “I didn’t know I had one”, well that’s their point. They want you to consider houseplants vital parts of interior décor and make careful selections as you would for paint or cushions.
In addition to being more selective, they encourage you to be hard hearted: “for goodness sake, don’t hang on to plants that are clearly suffering. Nothing will bring down that beautiful classic elegance ambience like a half-dead plant.”
Indoor Plant Décor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants helps the reader to analyze the style of décor and go beyond the trailing pothos and pot of African violets. Examples marry setting with planter and plant to maximum effect.
They include lists for budget-minded plant collecting and offer step-by-step directions for making planters from unexpected items. Check out the Planted Book on page 91. A cavity is carved out of the pages of a thick hard-cover book, lined for water-proofing, filled with growing medium and planted with succulents.
Or whip up a planter from old cowboy boots, as they have on page 136.
Just in time for Stampede and hope for sun!