I bought a new plant recently. I don’t have the most stellar record with houseplants, but the little parsley was only $1.99 at the local grocery, so I figured what the heck. So far, it has survived the melon nomming on the leaves starting the day I brought it home, so I guess its going to stick around for a while.
The only problem was, the flowerpot I have is too small. So this weekend I stopped by a nearby garden store. The plain terracotta pots were the cheapest, so I picked one up for less than $5. Its kinda boring though, but I have a bunch of acrylic craft paint leftover from paint mad phase I went through in middle/high school.
Originally, I had some mad geometric idea, but crafts never end well when i get too ambitious, so instead I did a spin off of this. Super easy–wipe the pot down, mark off your pattern with masking tape, and paint! And the good thing about water-based acrylic is that it is easy to wash off or paint over if I get bored with it.
Mark off 1st color
Mark off 2nd color
I love ramps. Adore them. Fry them, pickle them, make them into kimchi, whatever. Ever since I discovered them in an Ann Arbor supermarket during law school (in an effort to challenge my cooking skills, I try to grab at least one unfamiliar ingredient per trip), I’ve always looked forward to springtime and ramps. But their limited availability is frustrating, so this year I held back a few to see if I could actually grow them myself.
I tried this last year as well and failed miserably; the ramp leaves withered and then the bulbs rotted. So this time I thought about the fact that it has a bulb, a lot like narcissus, and chopped off the leaves (and ate them with a fried egg, yum) before I stuck the bulbs in a glass of water. A couple weeks later, when the stems had grown back, I transferred them to the pot and have kept the soil on the soupy side. So far, so good–the end of the bulb is starting to develop little flower buds. If the leaves come back next year, maybe I’ll get a big planter and fill it up with bulbs.
The front of my rental looks rather sad (and weedy), so I decided to fancy it up a bit. After arming myself with a list of plants that would not harm the kitty if he decides to nosh on it, an admittedly frequent phenom, I headed to the local plant center to buy up some cheap flats of annuals–I decided on petunias and verbena. I think that it looks pretty good… even the kitty seems to think so.
This past weekend was the first time since winter started that I saw houseplants on sale at the Union Square Greenmarket. I’ve been dying for some flowers and picked up a $1 pansy for my favorite pot, which has sadly been empty all winter for lack of a decent plant (I’m not big on succulents, or those odd, spidery air plants, and that seemed to be all that the garden shops near me had during the cold months).
I bought this pot in Taipei, in a massive open-air garden market held under a highway overpass, and yes, carried it home in my luggage. Because I love it that much. I love the unevenness of the glaze, the way it seems to ripple when you look at it, the clean lines of the flared lip, and I love the simple yet eye-catching flower design etched into one side. That market had tons of this sort of thing, stuff that wasn’t expensive yet didn’t have the boring uniformity of mass manufacture. I don’t know why you can’t find anything like this in the U.S. You go into any number of knickknack shops and they’ll sell you all kinds of cool, unique mugs, but all the flowerpots look like they come from the same, single factory.