Mimi Sue's Cottage

A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. Thomas S Monson

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


I love houseplants.  Ferns, ficus, palms, peace lilies, pothos, I love them all.
  I think it comes from being a young wife in the early 70's.  We all
had plants hanging from macrame hangers all over our one bedroom apartments. 
We were pretty groovy back then. 
Houseplants seem to add a little life to a room, especially in the winter
when there's not much green or growing outside.
One of my favorite plants is ivy.  I especially love ivy topiaries that come in all
shapes and sizes.
I've had this one for a few years now.  It loves the north facing window it sits
in front of.  I water it a couple of times a week and feed it every now and then.
About every six months it needs a little trim.

Looks like this one does too.

I take the trimmings and stick some of them in small bottles filled with water.
I just love these little ivy sprigs.  They fit just about anywhere.

When they grow nice long roots I take them out of the bottles and plant them all together in a small clay pot.  Then I have another ivy plant to set on the front porch or somewhere in my house or give to someone as a gift.  Or if you still have your macrame hanger, that would work too.


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Macrame! I made belts, purses, and yes, plant hangers! I remember those days well, and even took a houseplant class in college lol! Your plants are lovely and look so healthy!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

Love your ivy...I remember making macrame hangers....with beads too! Ah, the good old days.

Donna said...

Your ivy is so pretty and healthy! We must think along the same lines because I just brought in a few sprigs of ivy from outside and put them in water for a little greenery in the house. I don't have much luck with ivy in the ground in the house so this works well. Oh, yes, I remember the 70's well.

Have a good weekend, Mimi!

Amanda Rose said...

How beautiful! I love houseplants, too. I can't wait to start my collection and keep it growing..I have three now! Unfortunately, my mother has to plantsit them while I am away in my dorm.

Amanda Rose

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Your ivy topiaries look great! Can't believe you've had one for years! I have the hardest time with ivy - don't know why since I'm pretty good with all plants.

Kathleen Grace said...

I've always had a thing for ivy. So pretty! Unfortunately my indoor plant skills are legendary, and not in a good way.