Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Mrs. F.G.'s Winter Obsession

I suppose it was inevitable that gardening outdoors would eventually move Mrs. F.G. toward collecting house plants during the winter months.  Perhaps I'm exaggerating to call it an obsession, but we now have a very interesting collection of plants in our den and elsewhere.  She's added a love of indoor plants to her love of gardening in the summer.

Here's one corner of our den, with a dozen or more plants in front of our north-facing window.  I'm sorry but I don't know the names of all these but I will seek her help in filling out the information correctly.  I just enjoy the greenery!

Another dozen on top of the bookshelf in front of the window.

And a brand new shelf in front of a high horizontal window to the west now lined with smaller plants.  Put together it does really change the feel of the room.  If you can't get outside into nature, bring nature inside!.

The main plants of interest to Mrs. F.G. are the various snake plants, along with different varieties of Aloes and succulents.

Here's a shorter one with fat leaves.

There are of course plants elsewhere in the house.  Here are the two historic ones.  In the foreground is an Aspedistra, brought over from Italy in 1956 by her mother, and kept ever since.  We discovered that it flourished by being put outside during the warmer months, growing a lot of new leaves.  The Hoya vine behind it is from my own mother, and seems simply indestructible, sending out new long shoots frequently.

Another smaller Hoya vine that sits beside me while I enjoy my coffee and read the news each morning.

And an unusual leaf on a Peromia plant that I look down at while doing my weight-lifting each day.

Finally, just to prove she is great at keeping plants alive, here is our Christmas Poinsettia, still flourishing after nearly three months!  Mrs. F.G. has discovered that there are numerous YouTube videos on growing house plants, as well as new opportunities for on-line ordering and shipping, much of it apparently brought on by the pandemic.

Thailand seems to have become the centre for introduction of new varieties, with those varieties initially bringing in thousands of dollars per plant from serious (and rich) collectors.  Once they've been cloned and are available more widely, the price drops dramatically.  So don't expect to the be the first on your block to get the new plant!


  1. A wonderful collection of houseplants.
    The Christmas Poinsettia, is still looking good.

    All the best Jan

  2. The plants are flourishing! Mrs FG has a green thumb. The plants from your mothers are lovely.

  3. She has such a wonderful collection. I enjoyed seeing them all. My window spaces are limited or I too would just keep collecting. I do look every single time that I go by the garden plant area. I bet your wife and I would sit and discuss plants for a long time if I made a visit.

  4. Sounds like Mrs. FG might enjoy Laura at Garden Answer on YouTube.

  5. That's a house full of plants! It's good to have many plants growing in a house.

  6. What you call hoya we call wax plant and they certainly are tough plants.We've had on in the same pot for 25 years, it's never been in another pot and has yielded numerous cuttings from which new plants developed. Ours blooms each year.

  7. I love indoor plants and since I've had to relinquish all mine for this lifestyle, I'm grateful for Mrs. F.G. 's in pictures. 😍

  8. I had lots of indoor plants when I lived in Colorado, but one of them got a virus that spread to many of the others, and I had to discard them. Here in the Pacific Northwest, I am surrounded by so much greenery that I don't need to have them inside, too. Plus I'm lazy. :-)

  9. I'm impressed that the ones in the north facing window are doing so well. AND the one from 1956 is amazing. It shows what a bit of care will do.
    I'm a little surprised she isn't starting seedlings for the garden just yet. Or should I not put that idea in her mind? A couple of grow lights and a few shelves and she'll have a good start on spring. :)

  10. I have always been a believer in 'if you can't get outside in nature, bring nature inside'. When we lived in the old farm house near Fullarton we had the inside loaded with plants just like Mrs FG. Our sunroom here was loaded with plants as well until while down south one winter the batteries in our thermostat ran out plunging our place to below freezing for several days. It was enough to kill every plant we had. I think Mr's FG's plants look great and I well know the soothing and peaceful feeling indoor plants can bring into the home..

  11. Neither of us has the ability to do indoor gardening. For one thing, you need widows and space, and that pretty well lets us out of the game. But I am very impressed by the efforts of your Missus.