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Lets hear it for the houseplants.

Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

I love houseplants and during the winter months they always cheer me up on those dismal and cold days when there's not much to do in the garden. I think they can really make a statement in your home and to be honest it was houseplants that first made me take an interest in the garden.

Over the years , I've collected quite a lot a lot and can't seem to stop buying them. I have a collection in one part of the room which I call my jungle corner - my latest purchase being a lovely monstera cheese plant which I thought to be a bit of a bargain . It was only £5 at our local supermarket image  However, I'm not sure where it's going to live when it gets bigger as it's growing at an alarming rate.

Here is my jungle corner. Does anyone else enjoy them as much as I do ? image





  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Wonderful, Jean - and they're in lovely condition.

    Every windowsill that I have is full to capacity with houseplants, plus a few extra shelves image

  • I have a deep kitchen window sill full of plants. One is a potted jasmine which grows like mad, but hasn't had any flowers since I bought it a few years ago. Any suggestions gratefully received.

    Also have a small parlour palm which has had lots of new leaves and flowers. Have just divided it into 3 plants. Will post some photos.
  • LunarzLunarz Posts: 93

    Your plants look absolutely great Jean.  I grew some indoor bulbs (small, white narcissus) this autum as recommended by Monty Don on Gardeners' World.  Unfortunately they smelt very strange - my husband kept thinking that we must have a mouse going to the toilet in the house until we worked out that it was the flowers! I will now be looking for some slightly less pungent bulbs to grow indoors for over Xmas and in Jan/Feb - any suggestions?

  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,013

    Your houseplants look really healthy Jean image I have quite a few but they certainly don't look as good as yoursimage

    Pam LL x

  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    Thank you all image

    Alina, it is good to hear that others are as obsessed as me image

    Have you ever pruned your jasmine , Glyn and do you know what type it is ? Looking forward to the pics image

    Lunarz, I was going to suggest Hyacinths but they also have a very heavy scent image How about an Amaryllis? They have spectacular flowers image

    If you like flowering plants I don't think you can go wrong with African violets. Mine are still flowering now. We are off out visiting soon so will be back later image

    Here are two of my African violets .



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    This is one small part of my indoor plants,this sun room is full and every room and window sill and porch has plants.Its imageobsession that I love.


  • Caz WCaz W Posts: 1,353

    Let's hear it for the houseplants image - lovely pics too.  If it's not a sunny day (and when I remember) the houseplants have a day trip to the conservatory to get some extra light!




  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    That must be a labour of love, Caz!


    Jean, some of my violets are still flowering too, though not as well as yours.

  • Gracie5Gracie5 Posts: 125

    Any suggestions for a flowering plant for a south facing bathroom window? I keep getting it wrong, for instance I bought a Christmas cactus and a Cyclamen but they are more suited to my North facing front porch windows where they are thriving.  I have a huge bathroom windowsill crying out for the right plant, would appreciate some advice on what would work in this aspect.

  • budlia63budlia63 Posts: 141







    Orchids are my guilty pleasure houseplants and in our conservatory we have a large ficus that keeps the humidity up.We also manage to get poinsettias to reflower here.  Each year my husband complains that he can't use the breakfast bar and I have to move everything around but they creep back!

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