I have decided to join a group of bloggers called the Urban Jungle Bloggers. Once a month, they gives us a topic to write about and this month kitchen greens is the topic. The founders of this group are Judith (Joelix.com) and Igor (happyinteriorblog.com).
One place in my house that my husband particularly complains about is my kitchen counters. They are covered with plants…..covered! I have 3 18″ fluorescent light fixtures mounted under the top cupboards and use plant and aquarium light bulbs in them. The plants love it!
I really like the Campo de’ Fiori cloches. One is protecting a start of an oak leaf creeping fig (Ficus quercifolia). The large one is protecting a fern I bought at Kingwood Center in Ohio. It was unidentified and as of yet, I have been unable to identify it either. There is a Gasteria lilipuntana and a Rex begonia and a plethora of various Tillandsias.
I love air plants (Tillandsias) and have quite a few of them on the counters and hanging from the ceiling near the window. They are so easy. Once a week when I soak my miniature orchids in the sink, I throw the Tillandsias in with them. The steam from the sink and cooking keeps them extra hydrated and healthy.
I also have my miniature orchids mounted on chicken wire in green frames on either side of the window on the sides of the top cupboards.
I find the plants that need more attention than most find their way here to the counters where they are right in my face. One plant that died before because I let it dry out in the sun room, is the tassel fern or Lycopodium squarrosum. This is not an inexpensive plant, so this time it is staying right where I can keep an eye on it. It has doubled in size since I bought it. It never dries out because I see it all the time and check it for moisture. It thrives with the humidity in the kitchen as well.
The plants continue right into the eat-in kitchen area. There is a dark green form of the silver satin Pothos, ‘Gold Flame’ Sansevieria, and a ‘Creta’ Aglaonema.
This is were I spend most of my time and so I love having all these plants in the kitchen. I can’t say the same for my husband……