Today’s photos are from Pauline, aka The Awkward Domestic.
I’m a 32-year-old novice gardener living in the DC metro area. I have always enjoyed caring for plants, but I got more serious about the hobby three years ago when I purchased my first home. In addition to florals and veggies, I maintain a decent collection of indoor plants (68 plants and counting). I am a strong believer that gardening and spending time in nature have the ability to heal and nurture one’s soul.
Pauline’s plant-filled office! It used to be you couldn’t easily keep plants happy using lamps like this, because old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs don’t produce enough of the wavelengths plants use for photosynthesis. But modern compact fluorescent or LED bulbs are not just more energy efficient—they also are great for plants!
A beautiful Monstera adansonii, aka the Swiss cheese plant.
Who needs curtains when you’ve got houseplants?
Giggy the cat appreciates all the greenery indoors.
Giggy also appreciates the outdoor floral beauty. It is almost like he knows that a backdrop of the yellow leaves of creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zones 3–9) will show off his dark fur to perfection.
Pauline’s a great vegetable grower. Her baby cabbages are just getting started.
Fast-forward a couple of months, and the cabbages are growing to perfection.
Pauline with a spectacular cabbage nearly as big as she is! Why don’t my cabbages look that incredible?
Gladiolus (Zones 7–9 or as a tender bulb) just popping into bloom.
A pretty spectacular crop of lettuce.
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