Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sometimes you just have to...

...and smell the roses, so to speak. I feel like I've been really busy lately. But I don't really know what I've been doing. And I've been away from this space too long for my liking. So today, I just wanted to share with you a couple of shots from my home. (The stop sign, btw, is a recent find of Jon's.)

I don't know if I've mentioned before, but I l-o-v-e all things green. I love gardening. I love all the trees on our property. House plants, outdoor plants, whatever. Here are a couple of my most favorite indoor buddies...

My staghorn fern. I've had him since he was just a lil' guy.

This cactus...I've never exactly properly identified. There's some possibilities - Old Man of the Andes, Grandfather Cactus, etc. Whatever he is, I love him. :)

And here are a couple of lithops, also known as "living stones". Aren't they cool?! Lithop means "stone like" in Greek. I really, really like them. I want a whole bunch of them - all different varieties - living in one big pot one day. But they're really picky and tend to rot easily. I've actually had some before. These (above) I've only had for a few weeks. I generally have a pretty green thumb, but sadly, the last ones didn't fair so well. :( Hopefully I learned my lesson. (PS: Do you like my little owly guys? Super cute vintage find.)

Oh! And wanna see what I've been working on? Another owl plush!
These are his eyes.

I'm excited. My last owl like this, Neville, took so long to complete. Mostly b/c I started him just before I moved - while school was going on - and I was still mentoring at the time - and I didn't finish him for quite a while. So I'm interested to see how long this pattern realistically takes to work up.


Shawna said...

Gorgeous staghorn....mine didn't like me much but it adores my mother and just thrives under her care. She's been able to divide it a few times so she now has a good half dozen of them around the house. I've never heard of Lithops, but will definitely keep an eye out for them...gorgeous! I adore my ficus tree (which started at 4" and is now a good 4', china doll and norfolk pine. I have a lot of other plants around, but those are my favorites. Plants certainly are cheerful things to have around the house.

Cassandra said...

You've got one up on me. I can't keep a norfolk pine alive for the life of me! Any tips?

And that's exciting - I didn't know a staghorn would reproduce like that! Potential baby staggies in the future - woohoo!

Random.Happenstance said...

Hi there. Happened by via google images while looking for Old Man of the Andes Cacti pics. I love the Lithops :) I love succulents in general, I currently have a Jade plant, a christmas cactus that i'm trying to root in water before soil planting, and I just got an Odd Pods cactus growing kit from <3
Where did you find your Lithops? I rarely see succulents in the plant shops here in Iowa.

Cassandra said...

Hi! I know - aren't they so cool? I'm gonna email you. Glad you stopped in!

Cassandra said...

Hmmm....can't find ur email on ur page.

I love succulents a lot. The lithops, believe it or not, I got from Home Depot. I usually go there and Lowes at the end of the summer - they have a huge clearance on all their succulents/cacti and I scoop up a few. I have noticed that Etsy seems to have a few neato varieties too - I don't think I've seen any Lithops specifically, but some other cool stuff. They ship 'em bare roots.