I have a confession to make . During my last travel, to the wonderful land of sunshine, breathtaking views, olives, lemons and Limoncello, I didn’t miss my own garden!
I know, it would be more appropriate to say that the thoughts of my own garden never left me. I could say that they followed my walks through the old narrow streets , stirred my mind during ferry rides from Sorrento to Capri and back and… well, you got the idea. But, I am an honest person, and I am honestly saying: Nope. I didn’t miss my garden, I didn’t worry about it, and the only concern, related to it, was: do they pick up my tomatoes? As I found out later, the did, but very few. Upon my return, I found many tomatoes rotten or eaten by slugs. It was late summer, tomatoes came not at the end of July, as usual, but in September. That is why tomatoes were on my mind.
While on the Amalfi coast of Italy, I didn’t have time to think about my garden. All my time was consumed by walking, sightseeing, admiring what I saw and getting excited and inspired. Between the walks (and there were a LOT of them!), I was sitting in a little outdoor café or on a bench near the town square and watching people.
Not thinking much about my own garden, I caught myself thinking about my houseplants pretty often. Always, the thought would come in a form of a question : But why doesn’t MY plant grow like this? Let me show you some pictures with amazing philodendrons, pothos vines, orchids, birds of paradise, etc. which in some parts of the world, of course, grow in the wild, but in my place are used as houseplants. Most of the pictures were taken in the beautiful hotel Le Sirenuse in Positano (except the next one, from the hotel Santa Caterina in Amalfi). No, we didn’t stay in Le Sirenuse, but we spent some time in its quiet, inviting sitting rooms hiding from the rain and enjoying afternoon drinks.
You might want to click on the pictures to see splendid furniture and fine architectural details and oh so beautiful Italian tiles!
For a fan of turquoise, green and blue colors, it was THE place to be! I think places like this can serve as a source of inspirational interior design ideas. How do you like this brilliant yellow color? Yellow is not my favorite color, but something tells me I could live with it during the grey days of our rainy season.
I think I got carried away again. Back to house plants. Actually, I guess the answer to my question is pretty clear. To have my plants grow better, I need to remember to feed them, provide them with moss sticks, move them further from the heating vents, and set them outside in a shady spot during summer.
Since we are already here, in this beautiful hotel, let me show you what treasures they have outside.
Lemon trees in terracotta pots, vines that are hugging the walls and columns and, again, this beautiful tile! And what views are there for everyone’s enjoyment! Even the low-hanging clouds couldn’t spoil them. They rather add some drama and mystery.
Houses clinging on the side of the cliff, boats down there, rain water on the tile floor… Ahhh…
I think I will return to these pictures again and again. Did I tell you I have 1200 of them?
Thanks for hanging around! Now, I need to go and take care of my houseplants… It’s time to bring my Chlorophytum inside. It spent the summer outside like its relatives in the pictures below. Although, it didn’t have such a picturesque location as those. BTW, is it an Aloe in the right picture?
And is it a Schefflera on the left?
Why did I name this post ‘I Won’t Show This To My Houseplants ‘? I am afraid they can pack their suitcases and go to the Amalfi coast, the wonderful land of sunshine, breathtaking views, olives, lemons and Limoncello, where they can grow big and beautiful.
Arrivederci, my friends, arrivederci!
***Copyright 2010 TatyanaS