The wild takeover began with just one Epipremnum, and then another. Flash forward probably one hundred plants later, and now here I am, with a fairly large fern growing on my bedside.
Keeping plants in the bedroom is apparently a feng shui no-no. However, my apartment is surrounded by lots of cars and asphalt, and all the extra indoor plants add a much needed vitality! My bedroom also happens to be the only room in the apartment with an East facing window (meaning, the best sunlight!)
I say, let them grow!
I like to think of my plant room (can I just call it another "plant room" from now on?) as like a secret indoor garden, where I get to practice an urban version of "forest bathing".
"Forest bathing? You mean, like, naked?"
Well no, it just means I get to absorb all the beauty and the nice green health benefits of plants, all from the comfort of bed! Yes, I just sit in bed with my twinkling eyes taking in all the magic that surrounds me, in perfect bliss, because plants are life. "Plants are life" has a nice ring to it... next forehead tattoo, perhaps?
On to the tour!
Meet the plants.
For reference, I live in Southern California in a Mediterranean climate (dry subtropical). Some of the plants you'll see here are not traditional houseplants. But they sure do look interesting!
The Kangaroo Paw Fern (Microsorum diversifolium) is an Australian native. This fern is an epiphyte, which means it gains support by growing on the surface of another plant (but is not parasitic). This fern will climb (check out those hairy legs peeking out the edge of the pot) up a tree or log to access more light than it would if it were on a forest floor. Here, notice this tender, yet peculiar fern growing on top of a shimmering tree stump, far above the shadow of the bed.
I love seeing the unfurling fiddleheads on this fern. The new fronds are irregularly lobed, so they look just like little tiny hands waiting to get high-fived! Who doesn't want to high-five a fern every morning!?
Positive vibes, dudes.
Side note: I have a box full of butterflies, you know, from that one time I practiced butterfly spreading (doesn't everyone go through that phase?)
Ah, the lovely Catharanthus roseus (also known as Madagascar Periwinkle). This flower has quite an interesting relationship to man, that I was completely unaware of until I brought this indoors (which is a different story, of roadside abandonment, and me, the crazy plant lady bringing home stray plants).
This flowering plant is indigenous to Madagascar, and has been cultivated and naturalised throughout the tropics and parts of the subtropics. Catharanthus has a long history of traditional and folk use as a medicinal plant: long before it found it's way in the hands of Western scientists, infusions and decoctions of the roots and leaves have been used to treat major diseases like cancers, diabetes, and malaria. American and Canadian researchers only noticed the usefulness of the plant, when soldiers stationed in the Philippines were using it as a tea instead of insulin during shortages. Now, powerful alkaloids derived from the Catharanthus are in important drugs used as chemotherapy treatments. Many websites list this plant as toxic, but this label is likely based on side effects from it's pharmaceutical use. Why are so many traditional herbs considered toxic? We'll talk about that on another day. For now, just remember, plants are cool - alright?
I love, love, love this flower as a houseplant! It grows wild. It flowers all year. It's pink! It gives physical cues when it needs a drink (check out those drooping leaves in the photo). And best of all, if you live in a subtropical environment, you probably won't ever catch yourself whimpering, "please don't die..."
This plant just does it's thing!
My dude 3D printed the plant wall mounts. I can easily hang up different plants, depending on my mood. Right now, we have the Catharanthus, a heart-shaped Epipremnum (a.k.a. Devil's Ivy), and a Hypoestes phyllostachya, a pink Polka Dot Plant that is also native to Madagascar!
Who wants to get out of bed, when we've got views like this!?
On the other wall, we have three Epipremnum's (one pot has a mix of two different ones, including a neon!). The middle pot houses some type of Bamboo Palm. Notice the minimalist design here. This is my dude's side of the bed. Also, that's a pretty awesome wooden clock he made.
Another polka dot plant (but this one is in white). Davesgarden.com lists Long Beach, CA as one of the 14 U.S. regions that grows this. ...Well you're gosh darn right, we do!
Shhh, try not to scare off the trio of 3D-printed plant pokemon, congregating in their natural habitat.
Killer plant, brah! My dude's in charge of feeding the Venus Flytrap. Squishing the heads of mealworms during meal time is, apparently, listed in the job description. That's just, not my style.
Wow, about these views... Plants in a bedroom!? "Sleepytime USA" definitely comes to mind!
The point of a bedroom windowsill is to line up all your gorgeous plants. Am I right, or am I right?
Well folks, that concludes the plant tour of the bedroom. Now can I get a little privacy, eh?