Meet The Family: Boston Fern – Living That Jungle Bathroom Life

After the whole I killed My ZZ debacle I was completely disheartened and felt like a complete failure as a plant parent. Ironically that day I thought that a trip to a garden centre (and a piece of cake) would cheer me up. On our way to Carewswood Garden Centre, one of my favourite coffee…

Meet The Family: Hypoestes Phyllostachya – Pink Polka Dot Plant

For Valentine’s Day this year my husband decided to buy plants as gifts instead of flowers. I had just started my plant parent journey and loved that he was so supportive of my new interest. Along with the Dieffenbachia he also bought a Hypoestes Phyllostachya or Pink Polka Dot Plant as they are more commonly…

Meet The Family: Ivy – A Surprisingly Difficult Plant

Hedera helix, or English Ivy as it is most commonly known, is in my opinion a very overrated plant. When I say overrated I mean it is growing everywhere in Ireland and so freely available. When I saw it for sale at one of our local shops I thought I might as well take one…

Meet The Family: Dieffenbachia – The Most Underrated Plant

My Dieffenbachia, also known as a Dumb Cane is one of my favourite plants and probably the plant that has surprised me the most. I saw her in one of our local supermarkets and my husband went back and bought her as a Valentine’s Day gift. It was the first time that he bought me…

Meet The Family: Elephant Bush/Spekboom – Join The Challenge

My rainbow Elephant Bush (Portulacaria Afra) or Spekboom as I know her from growing up in South Africa is not particularly one of my favourite plants, but she has a special place in my heart. Every time I look at her a lot of special memories from living in South Africa come to mind. If…

A Short Lived Family Member: How To Kill a ZZ Plant

A few months ago I went through a “I am killing all my plants” phase. My plants were not doing as well as I wanted and I felt very overwhelmed. I am an over thinker and suffer from anxiety so in hindsight it wasn’t really that bad but at the time I felt completely lost…