House Plant With Heart
When moving into the home of my roommate, one of the first things I asked was whether he had any problem with house plants, as I did not see a one in the house. "I have no problem with plants as long as I don't have to take care of them," said my roommate. Within a few days, plants began to arrive.
You see, one of my best friends works at Baker's Acres Greenhouse and Garden Center . Mark is my go-to guy for my house plants and gardening needs. A few at a time, he has brought me plants to liven up the atmosphere here, just as he did in my other homes over the years.
One evening soon after I moved in, my roommate mentioned that he was getting used to all the greenery and liked it. "That's a good thing," I said. "There's a truck load on the way!"
I doubt the roommate believed me until a few weeks later my friends arrived one day as he was about to leave and we handed him a plant to find a temporary place to hang -- a place where my dog would not chew it up! His solution was to hang it high on a horizontal pole in his garage off the kitchen.
For a couple of weeks now we have chuckled about this plant hanging in his man-cave. This past weekend this beautiful Heartleaf Philodendron found itself a proper place in the home. This handsome hanging basket now hangs in front of a tall window where its heart-shaped greenery is fed with plenty of sunshine and where we are better able to appreciate its beauty.
Now it is my job to keep the plant alive and thriving. And yes, I have to climb a step-ladder to water the Philodendron Oxycardium -- a labor of house plant love.
Image Credit » Philodendron photo is mine, copyright Ruth Cox.