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Peace

 

 

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Peace Lily – Spathiphyllum wallisii

Happy New Year to you, your family and friends!

I haven’t been out in the garden much recently. Instead I’ve been doing lots of looking out of the window and thinking about garden jobs for the Spring.

Mostly I’ve been enjoying our houseplants as they bring us happiness with their beauty and health giving properties.

During the past year I made a resolution to learn the Latin names for plants in our garden. Well I’m hoping to keep that up and am extending it to some houseplants. This beautiful Peace Lily has the Latin name Spathiphyllum wallisii.

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Amaryllis

Like the Amaryllis flower pictured here, my New Year’s Resolutions are emerging slowly. I began with ‘I’d like to read more’ and now I’ve added ‘I’d like to write more’.

I know I am supposed to make ‘SMART’ targets so the next thing I need to do will be to break down these resolutions and put time scales etc next to them. That may come later, for now, I’m just going to pick up a book and enjoy reading.

Whatever and however you do your New Year’s Resolutions, I wish you well.

 

 

 

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Molly at the top of Bennachie

 

At the moment I am reading ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernardine Evaristo (with maybe one or two other books alongside!)

Houseplants · Nature

Health and Houseplants

 

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Spider plant and babies. (Chlorophytum)

I grew up in a house with trailing spider plants, busy lizzies and goodness knows what.

One house we rented had a resident cheese plant so big it grew along the ceiling. It was a bit nerve wracking trying to keep that alive!

Anyway, I resisted having houseplants in our new home. I concentrated on working in the garden but I guess I missed the house plants.

So, after my daughters started to buy all the trendy succulents and had been encouraged by their Grandpa to try cactii, I finally bought some and … I’m loving them.

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My new Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

 

There’s a calmness about the shades of green, a generosity in the way the leaves open out to the world.

What a delight to look at the flower on this Peace Lily.

House plants are said to have many benefits to human health.

One of them is that we exhale carbon dioxide and they use it up in photosynthesis and give us more oxygen.

 

 

Another is better memory retention – now, I just have to get into the way of remembering to water them!

Do you have a favourite house plant you would recommend?

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Might just have bought this the other day! Parlour Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)