Those of you who know me very well, know that I don’t “do” outside. No garden, no flowerbeds, nothing that gets me outside in the heat and sun. I think it dates back to when I was a teenager and was living without sunscreen and sunglasses. Too many major sunburns and too much bright sun headaches contributed to an aversion to the sun and outside.
But, I have always loved plants. So at times I am able to have indoor plants. Only right now we happen to have a cat that loves indoor plants as well. Except, he loves to eat them. As a result, I have to be very careful about where I put plants and what kind of plants I bring into the house.
For the longest time we just did not have any plants inside. Then at Christmas time I was given a terrarium and the rest just fell into place. The first terrarium did not do too well cause of lack of sunshine, or lack of proper maintenance or something. So I confiscated an aquarium my hubsband had in the storage unit and built my own. It is not a sealed system, it has a lid that allows the moisture to escape. It also has a light that allows me to put it basically anywhere I want. With the lid, the cat can’t get to the plants so all is set.
Well, all is set for a while and then some plants die and I have to replace them and get to reorganize the plants and so on. This last time I put the plants in there with their pots. So the plants that do not need much water are not affected by the water that the plants that need lots of water. Maybe now they will last longer. I put some succulents in with air ferns and there is even a small lucky bamboo in the back corner. I am having mixed results with the succulents. One just immediately dropped all its fat leaves while another is thriving. The plant that looks like stones grew an inch and a half in one month and no longer looks like stones. But over all it looks good.
The fairies have a little house in there along with a bridge over the stines/creek. There is a bench for them as well as a lantern. I gave them a pet hedgehog which requires no feeding or upkeep. Overall they have a great place to live.
We can be such funny creatures now and then. Having a bit of green stuff growing in my house makes a lot of difference to me. Now, in addition to the terrarium I have some stuff in my kitchen window. What I really want to do is start growing African Violets again. But, it’s not to be with this silly cat we have. I love him though and will pamper him and keep him sweet without giving him plants to chew on.
We all make compromises for the people and things we love. At least we should. Its goes with being part of a family and group of people. Very few people would fit into our world without some sort of compromise. Though, at first glance cats may seem to have the better end of the bargain, one has to look at what they have given up to be a part of our family. Dayton gave up his front claws, his freedom and his manhood. Though, I don’t think he misses any of it, who knows?