I should preface this by letting you know that until very recently, I have had little to no interest in gardening or houseplants, and that I have had a terrible track record for keeping them alive. I grew up with a mother who loves gardening beyond description, and we ate slept and breathed all things plant. I found it to be incredibly boring. Over the course of my adult years, I'd occasionally get a houseplant or two, only to watch them slowly die. I just didn't get it.
Then, a few years ago, I impulse bought a basil seed kit in the Target dollar bin. As I saw it sprout in its tiny plastic pot, all green and fresh and new, something changed inside of me. Suddenly I wanted to grow food in containers on our deck and fill my home with all the pretty plants and flowers. Visiting nurseries on the weekends became one of my favorite activities (as those of you who follow me on Instagram are probably well aware). Repotting and transplanting became my meditation.
I don't know if it was watching that basil grow from a seed, or a realization that plants are a defining part what makes me feel so alive during the spring and summer, or just some hidden joy deep within my psyche that finally emerged. But I quickly developed a mild obsession with plants that has only gotten stronger with time. And I'm of the mindset that the term 'obsession' is both overused and often used incorrectly, so I don't use it unless I am truly captivated by something. I'm writing an entire freaking blog post about plants, so I think it's clear how much I like them these days.
In addition to my affinity for real life plants, I have also developed a fondness for looking at beautiful plant pictures online. I even have an entire board devoted to them on Pinterest. Looking at images of gorgeous plants, flowers, and gardens inspires me not only in my recently discovered botanical interest, but in all areas of design. Looking at them also just puts me in a good mood. So I thought I'd share some of my favorite plant images that I've come across online lately, in hopes that they'll inspire you as well. (Pssst... The succulents in the last image are actually made of felt. Pretty rad, right?)
Who else finds joy in all things plants? What kinds of plants and flowers are your current favorites?