Stephanelli's Indoor Garden

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Stephanelli's Indoor Garden

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April 13th, 2018, 12:06 pm #1

This is quite a long post and I think I've put it in the right section.  I promise I'll do the outdoor garden tour at some point...

So I haven't gotten round to taking the photos for an outdoor garden tour yet, but I thought I'd give you a little peak at my indoor garden - aka. my houseplants!  I'm a huge fan of houseplants and they make me very happy to have that little bit of greenery indoors.  All these pictures have been taken on my stairs because that gives the best light, but I'll describe their positions as best I can for you.

So we'll start in the living room windowsill which boasts the majority of my cacti and succulents collection and a few other delights.
On the cupboard surface in front of the windowsill's left side is my beautiful bonsai tree, an unidentified variety.  It currently has some tiny flower buds on it which are impossible to photograph but very cute.  When I first got it, it had a much more defined shape, but being Spring I'm letting it grow to see if there are any branches I can sensibly train into a more exciting shape later in the year.
Now onto the windowsill itself.  On the far left I have two pups from my lace aloe (Aristaloe aristata).  They are still very young but I'm hoping for good things.
Next to that, is my flowering cactus - Mammillaria backebergiana.  Its doing very well with its beautiful flowers this year :)  This is the cactus I posted a picture of on yesterday's daily thread.
In front of this on the windowsill I have my cactus seedlings which are now a whole year old (and absolutely tiny still!)  Species still unknown, will wait until they grow bigger...
Next to the flowering cactus is another cactus, my Pachycereus pringlei.  These can grow into some of the tallest cacti in the world, this is obviously only a little specimen!  Not sure about the black marks on it, am waiting for advice from members of a cactus forum.
In front of my pachycereus cactus I've got one of my favourite plants, my little lithops (also known as living stones).  I haven't had these guys long enough for them to flower for me at which point I stand a better chance of ID-ing them.  They are a little dirty because I repotted them yesterday and I'm letting them settle in before I allow them water (and hence getting the dirt off them!)
Next to the pachycereus and the lithops I've got my totally crazy Opuntia monacantha v. variegata cactus.  I adore this cactus.  I love the beautiful markings on its skin.
Next to this plant, I've got 3 cuttings taken from the Opuntia above.  Only two of them have grown in exciting ways so that's all I've photographed here.  There are also 3 more cuttings from this plant in the kitchen windowsill which are also very boring sticks of cactus so I haven't photographed them either.
Finally, next to these babies I also have a miniature rose which is really unhappy at the moment so I haven't photographed it.  She doesn't like to be photographed when she's not feeling well.
Also in my living room, on the mantlepiece above the sideboard (located on the old blocked up fireplace) is my terrarium housing two tillandsia.  These are fascinating.  They are air plants so don't require soil (but do require lots of light and regular watering).  These two are Ionantha (in the front) and Tricolour Melanocrater in the back.
That concludes the plants in my living room!
The only other room with regular houseplants in is my kitchen which houses the 3 other Opuntia cactus cuttings I mentioned earlier, some aloe seeds which are sitting in glasses of water, hopefully doing some germinating soon (I've got 10 aloe vera seeds, 10 aloe parvibracteata seeds and 5 aloe polyphylla seeds).  No pictures of these, but they all live on the windowsill.  Finally in the kitchen is my desert garden which lives by the windowsill on top of our fridge.  Its got some Sempervivum cuttings in the front, some more Opuntia cuttings on the left, my mummy lace aloe (aristaloe aristata) at the back and two more air plants to the right.  The tillandsia's here are Caput Medusae in the front and Juncea at the back.  And a decorative fossil we found on a beach (I forget where) to fill up a nice gap.
So that's a little tour of my indoor garden, I hope you liked it :)
(All these pictures are uploaded to Flickr with a load more so feel free to go and nosy over there - https://www.flickr.com/photos/137892677@N05/ )
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April 13th, 2018, 3:37 pm #2

I loved it thanks Stephanelli! Fascinating and such unusual and amazing plants. I also loved the pot with the mouse on it and the bite taken out the top. Really unusual. I have only one house plant which amazingly is still thriving after nearly a year as I rarely manage to keep them very long. I think it is a real skill, not only maintaining them and keeping them healthy but especially doing what you do and taking cuttings and growing from seed.

Excellent tour of your indoor garden, thank you.
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April 13th, 2018, 10:12 pm #3

Thanks for the tour. I have a few houseplants but they are bog standard ones which are hard to kill - which is just as well as the more delicate ones take one look at me and fade away. I've tried growing cacti and lithops in the past, but they went the way of the rest of my houseplants. I think I tend to overwater them and they drown.

I love the tiny baby cacti and admire your patience by growing them, a whole year and they are hardly visible! Also you collection of flower pots is impressive, may be my houseplants would be happier in an interesting pot rather than one taken out of the greenhouse.
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April 15th, 2018, 10:01 am #4

Thank you so, so much. That was fascinating. Hope the rose feels better soon :-)



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April 15th, 2018, 12:09 pm #5

Thank you for the kind comments :)
The flower pots are gradually amassed through presents or come with other plants I've brought that have since outgrown them!  The mouse pot is special, it was a wedding present to us (we have a pet mouse so it was a very appropriate gift!), hence it has one of my favourite plants in it.

I love growing cacti and succulents from seed.  Its a great lesson in patience, even more so than regular garden seeds because they take so much longer to grow.
I love my houseplants :)
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