“Somebody went shopping!” I gasped upon learning that three of my potted plants had been stolen while our apartment was being tented. To protect them from the toxic chemicals, I placed them in the outdoor courtyard, completely convinced they would be fine. Nowhere in any corner of my mind did I think someone would steal a potted plant. They didn’t take all my plants, but the botanical thieves took a particular three. One of which was my precious baby Aloe Vera.
I fell asleep last night wondering about the green babies I had cultivated. I can only hope whoever stole them loves plants and will care for them properly. I am startled by how upset I am about the loss. I guess my maternal instincts extend all the way into my gardening. Yes, losing the pots is a fiscal nuisance, but losing the plants is a slightly emotional experience.
The aloe specifically is a great fit for my apartment living. It is a fruitful succulent, very generous with its green, always cleaning the air, never asking for water and producing skin healing ingredients. As you can see, losing my succulent is a blow to my indoor garden.
To alleviate some of my grief, last night I declared to husband, “I’m going to start growing succulents!” So, the loss of my aloe runs deep, but it has also ignited a new gardening mission. The kidnapping has unveiled its special qualities, qualities I intend to honor by embracing the power of more succulents.
There’s a common joke that succulents are perfect for the laxy gardener, but they are also perfect for designers. Succulents are the royalty of indoor gardens. Because they are so easy to please they can be maneuvered and styled in creative ways, bringing color and Mother Earth to stuffy rooms. They tend to require less soil, less water, and they clean air very efficiently. As I begin to brainstorm my new succulent project, I have found some innovative design inspirations. Here’s a few looks I may implement that will hopefully inspire you too.
15 Ways to Style Your Succulents
I’m so pleased to announce that three of my poems, “Slots,” “Scraping” and “Make a Decision” have been published in Barking Sycamores Literary Magazine Issue 13. Barking Sycamores is dedicated to neurodivergent literature and its craft. I’m so honored to be a part of this project. Barking Sycamores Issue 13
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