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Sep 5, 2017 pic - teddy bear vine

Have you ever heard of a Teddy Bear Vine? I never knew such a thing existed until my daughter came home with one from a school event. The leaves were adorably fuzzy and delicate with its violet green leaves. It almost seemed too dainty for me to keep it alive without doing some serious damage to its well-being.

The big kid assured me that the Teddy Bear Vine would be easy to take care of. It would only require occasional water and of course, some decent sunlight. Fascinatingly enough, she also told me I could make a brand new Teddy Bear Vine by simply taking off one of the vines and sticking it in some soil. Give it some water and sun and apparently, it would just keep going.

Could it really be that simple? - Continue Reading

Feb 25, 2017 - odd plant

You know, I don’t have a particularly green thumb. Sure, people who know me would think I have one given how incredibly green my office space is but that doesn’t mean I have a green thumb because I really don’t know what I’m doing.  I water my plants occasionally and that’s about it. A number of those plants are either cast offs or plants I’ve chosen to save from the garbage pin.

Green thumb? Nope. Kindhearted towards plants? Yes. - Continue Reading

Aug 14, 2016 - violets

but I have been keeping up with my wee indoor plants. I’ve had these pots of violets for ages now – handmedowns from others who didn’t want them. I couldn’t bear to see them wilt away and so I took them all in and did my best to water them and keep them alive. I can’t even remember how many years I’ve had them for now but it’s been a while.

Confession: I haven’t even re-potted any of them. They’re still in the original plastic pot that I got them in. I water them about once a week and hope for the best. Occasionally, they’ll bloom and I get these wonderful visions: - violets

And then this one: - violets

Then, one day, I got this. - Continue Reading

Jan 30, 2016 - baby jade plant jan 2016

I love plants but I know I don’t have the perfect green thumb. Actually, I don’t even think I technically have green thumb but I do manage to keep a lot of plants alive and well. I attribute that more to their resiliency than anything else. If they’re able to survive and thrive despite my lack of green thumbness, well, that’s quite the feat.

You see, I’m also a little accident prone. I walk into walls that don’t move, trip on completely flat ground with running shoes on, and I knock off unsuspecting jade plant leaves during regular routine maintenance. I manage to do it not once, not twice, but three times all on the same day. - Continue Reading

Oct 16, 2015 pic - jade plant

Once upon a time, a teeny weeny jade plant grew from a petal I shoved into soil after I had accidentally knocked it off the original big plant. I had hoped something magical would happen and was astounded to find that little tiny plant.

Months and months later, that jade plant continues to grow and it is definitely not teeny weeny anymore. I am completely in awe which is why I continue to post about it every now and then. - Continue Reading

Sep 25, 2015 pic - violet sept 2015

I may not have a green thumb but there is something to be said for dedication and a kind heart. A long while back, I adopted a number of African violets that seemed to be in serious need of TLC. I honestly didn’t know how long I’d be able to keep them alive for given my lack of greenthumbness (I’m quite aware it’s not a word but it fits).

Lo and behold, years later, all of those African violets are still alive despite a few hiccps along the way. One colleague walked in to my office and found one of the African violets on the floor. It had grown very lopsided (no matter which way I rotated it, it always seemed to grow in the wrong direction) and gravity had taken its toll. The plant was completely detached from its roots.

I had no idea what to do but decided to shove it right back into its pot and gave it a healthy helping of water. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was hoping it would grow new roots somehow. As time passed, the plant didn’t wilt and in fact seemed happier than ever. To this day, that same plant is alive and well.

All the original flowers died off, but every now and again one of the plants would bloom. It’s been a long time but just recently, this was my gift from those African violets: flowers!! pic - violet sept 2015

How totally cool is that?

I know, to many, this may seem trivial but for me, this is such a miraculous experience because quite honestly, I don’t do anything for these plants except offer them water and a healthy dose of carbon dioxide. I don’t fertilize them and many are still in their original pots.

When I look at these African violets one word comes to mind: resilience. pic - violet sept 2015

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Sep 18, 2015 pic - aloe sept 2015

It’s September and guess what, the baby aloe plants are still growing!


I’m shocked beyond belief. My ‘not so green thumb’ continues to prevail. The little baby aloe plants that sprouted back in June are still alive and kicking which means whatever I’m doing must be working. The original babies are growing taller and a few other little baby aloe plants have actually sprouted.

I’ve developed quite the reputation and it’s one I’m quite happy to keep. Occasionally at the office, I come across plants that seemed in desperate need of some TLC. Some looked parched, dry, and wilted, while others looked yellow and on the verge of keeling over. Instead of waiting for them to hit the garbage bin, I adopt them in to my office and offer them some water and whatever office space I can give up (which isn’t much but I try).

Sometimes, it works and the plants come back alive and kicking. Others eventually end up in the garbage bin perhaps a few days later than originally fated. To see these baby aloe plants growing gives me a deep sense of fulfillment. pic - aloe sept 2015

Watering the plants doesn’t take up much time or effort. It only takes about 5 minutes and I usually just give them whatever water is left in my own mug. The benefits for me, however, for outweigh my little watering regime: fresher, cleaner, office air and a greener space that helps me to focus on my tasks at hand.

Things to do: get yourself a plant if you don’t already own one. Then, get another one.

p.s. if you want to learn more about the history of these baby aloe plants, see my earlier posts:

Baby aloe keeps on growing!

No way! Baby Aloe Vera Plants!!!

Reminder: this post was written by and for only. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at, know that I have not consented to having any part of this post (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. Practice ethical posting!

Copyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

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