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I Wrote a Book!

I Wrote a Book!

I have always dreamed of writing a book, but wondered if it would happen. Last spring, I was asked on Twitter by an acquisition editor for Cool Springs Press if I wanted to write a houseplant book, and the rest is history. Thank you Twitter! (I’ve won quite a few

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Plant Homes Made in Detroit

Plant Homes Made in Detroit

Yesterday, I went to the grand opening of Post in Detroit. A former post office built in 1940, Post is full of hand crafted gifts including jewelry, soap, cards, frames, and of course, terrariums. The space is also home to four art studios. I not only wanted to see the new

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Plant CRAZY Weekend!

Plant CRAZY Weekend!

Houseplants are back in style. I don’t think anyone disputes that. But the crowds I witnessed at two plant sales this past weekend make me believe that people are ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED with houseplants and I find it refreshing that I’m not the only one! (I showed the pictures to my

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Planting it Better

Planting it Better

I was going to call this post, “Planting it Right”, but I try not to think my way is always the only way, as it isn’t. So, I will say, let’s “Plant it Better”. I went to Ikea the other day and I have to say I was extremely disappointed.

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Insect Invasion! Part 1: Aphids

Insect Invasion! Part 1: Aphids

In the last two weeks, I have been in two locations that have plants that are infested with insects, one much worse than the other. The first place, an antique shop on the west side of the state, has an amazing hoya. I was told about it before I went

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Polka Dot Fern

Polka Dot Fern

I saw this beautiful fern the other day and wanted to buy it. At first glance, I thought it was dirty and may have an insect problem so decided not to bring it home. Yet, upon closer inspection, I realized there wasn’t a problem at all, so into the cart

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Re-Potting A New Plant

Re-Potting A New Plant

I recently bought some new houseplants (big surprise) and they needed to be put in new pots. When changing pots it is important to decide whether your plant only needs re-potted or moved to the same size pot, or if it needs to be up-potted into a larger container. A

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Roots for Brains

Roots for Brains

I only have 3 head vases, I don’t go out of my way to collect them, but have inherited these. After reading up on them I found they were used for floral arrangements in the 50’s and 60’s. The one on the right was my mom’s and she remembers that

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