Today we’re visiting with Nez, a plant lover who is building her own backyard botanical garden in Los Angeles.
I think of this Monstera pinnatipartita as my “soul plant.” My husband bought it for me in September 2021 as a congratulatory gift, because I was stagnant in my old position and chose to take a step back and make a lateral move career-wise in order to keep progressing. This plant was stagnant for the first eight months, then started growing with a vengeance. It has already needed to be repotted twice in order to keep growing.
Sometimes when it looks like you aren’t visibly growing, you’re actually growing on the inside and working on your “roots” (aka your mental and emotional health) and laying the foundation for your future self. Then when the right time comes, you’ll have stronger emotional and mental “roots” to support your new outward growth.
These tropical plants are huddling together outside and trying to survive an unusual cold spell in Southern California—and they’re doing great. We really need to chill out with the helicopter–plant parenting because plants are SO much more resilient than we give them credit for.
I talk a lot of crap about calatheas, but this Calathea majestica “White Star” is a favorite plant in my collection. It is prone to spider mites, so I have to keep it far away from the rest of my plants. It’s worth it, though, because look at the foliage!
I am obsessed with this Anthurium vittarifolium at the San Diego Botanic Garden. It’s as long as I am tall!
I got this Florida Beauty philodendron as a lightly rooted cutting, and it’s been quite the lesson in patience! We’re well on our way to a big beautiful plant someday.
If you want to see more from Nez, check out her Instagram: @staythirstymyfronds
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