It is with some disappointment that I’m writing about indoor plants today. Surely, 23 months after signing our building contract, 14 months after site works started and 11 months after slab down, I should be writing about progress with the house. According to the original schedule, which I did promise to take with a grain of salt, we should be doing the pre-handover inspection this week. Here is how House By The Water looked on the weekend:
So far from completion…Waiting for textured render and windows (at rear).
Webb and Brown-Neaves, our builders, are 5 months off schedule! I’ve been reassured that some time can be made up and I believe it, so I was very disappointed to learn that nothing has been done for a week.
I’m feeling rather blue about this.
My expiry date in Brazil does not change so this week I’ve been growing piles around the home in preparation for packing. I’ve been working on our air shipment pile. It includes a few special things I’ve been saving for the new house. I’ve also been recording the dimensions of some of our furniture, so that we can work out where it will all go in advance of its arrival in Australia. And, for pure pleasure, I’ve drawn up the plan for “what will go where” in the new kitchen. (Thanks for the idea, Lunar at Majestic 40 at Gardener’s Ridge.)
And to change my mood from blue to green, I’ve been dreaming about indoor plants.
My Top 5 Indoor Plants
I just can’t go past the silvery colour of olive tree foliage. Source: House to Home.
Potted orchids last so much longer than a vase of cut flowers. Source: Inside Out.
Maiden hair fern
Basil, coriander, parsley, etc. I use herbs so much that the real supply will be in the veggie patch. A pot or two in the scullery will mostly be aesthetic. Source: Divine Caroline.
No, I didn’t miss the memo that it’s fiddle-leaf figs that are all the rage. I do like figs. In fact, I was once broken hearted by a fig that had to be cut down. I’ve had these weeping figs in pots before. I like their pretty leaf and they are resilient. Fiddle leaf figs are pretty cool too, but maybe a bit too cool. I’m quite sure that they are growing like weeds on every roadside around here in Brazil. Readers, don’t let your fiddles out of their pots – they grow big and only look so-so when they have free range. Your neighbours might get grumpy.
By the time we move into House By The Water (zzzzz…..) we’ll have missed the outdoor planting season, so I’ll be keen for a bit of indoor green. I might even splash out for a largish potted tree in our living area, where it can give us a give us some afternoon shade until I sort out a more permanent window treatment solution. Dare I say it can double as our, ahem, tree that is decorated at a certain time of year. I think a nice olive tree might be perfect.