Peeking is a ongoing series where I peek into other’s gardens and snoop around. If you’re in the NYC area and have a garden you’d like to share, please email me. I’d love to see what you are doing and share your garden story! For more peeking posts click here.
Have you ever been to Ohio? Have you ever met anyone from Ohio? If you have then you can probably agree that Ohio is home to some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. I know I might be persuaded as my other half and his family is from Ohio and they are some of my favorite people in the world, but let’s look outside of that. The amount of times I have said “I’ve never met anyone mean from Ohio!” is high. I say it at least once a month. I know, there are probably people from Ohio that aren’t that nice but I haven’t met them! From the grocery employees in the Sparkle grocery store that I was amazed by their ringing out cheerfulness, to every single person who holds the door for me, to the woman who wrote “his and hers” on our Subway sandwich wrappers, to every single Ohio transplant I’ve met in NYC (there’s alot) – I love you all. You are all the bee’s knees.
So what does this have to do with the title of this post? Well nothing, except that my friend Steve is from Ohio and I thought this would be a perfect place to dedicate my love to “The Buckeye” state.
I met Steve from Matthew, they have that Ohio brotherhood thing going on. I quickly found out by word of mouth and seeing pictures online of his large (and growing) collection of plants. Knowing that I would fall in love with his plants and want to share them with everyone, I innocently invited myself over in a series of emails I sent to him. Steve kindly (of course) obliged and let me take some pictures and talk to him about his plants.
One of Steve’s earliest memories of plants starts in Ohio with a strawberry plant at his family’s house. From there he moved to Chicago where the collection truly started, a few at first and eventually growing into handfuls of planted pots that now reside in his Brooklyn apartment that lines all free window space. Sadly none of his plants have human like names (I volunteered a few but Steve seemed disinterested in this idea), but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love them. When he showed me around the plants introducing me to them, you could tell how excited he was to talk about them and share their stories of where they came from, how some plants have been split into multiple generations, and up keep. He told me a story of how he left on vacation once with post-it notes on every single plant that had directions for his roommates to water his plants. When he came back, everything was fine, except one plant that he left with no post-it note. Noone seemed to notice how it eventually became brown, begging for water and eventually toppling over. His heart was broken. But because he has so much love for his plants, he nursed it back to health and even though it’s not growing vertically straight anymore, it’s healthy and green.
So let’s meet Steve’s plants. At the end I included a little questionnaire that I asked him to fill out and pick his favorites.
When you walk in you are greeted with so many pots of green. Steve says his favorite plant is the Jade plant in the middle on the black table, which has since been separated into multiple Jade plants throughout his apartment.
There is one rack that houses about 20 individual plants.
A star of this rack is this plant that hangs over the edge with its beautiful “hair”.
This is a beautiful hen and chicks plant. The “hen” is the main plant, and the “chicks” are the offspring.
Who doesn’t need a refreshing spritz of water?
This here is the Jade plant that I discussed up above that Steve has nursed back to health. Doesn’t it look great?
These are cuttings of his Moses-in-the-Cradle plant that are rooting. They will be planted into their own pot very soon.
Steve has a big pot of overflowing basil that any kitchen cook would be uber jealous of. I smelled this plant about 8 times in my visit.
This is a baby spider plant that he’s transplanting soon.
This purple heart plant has a funny story. Steve was visiting New Orleans where he came across many of these growing throughout the city but didn’t have the heart to sneak one from someone’s garden so instead he found this one growing near a stop sign, where he pulled it out and the took it back with him to New York. From New Orleans to Brooklyn…
Now let’s go look at the plants on the other side of the apartment. Of course there are some plants seated midway as well when you walk through the space.
The other side of the apartment gets slight dimmer light but is great for these big plants here.
This is his Dieffenbachia plant, also known as “dumb cane”. These are great plants to have if you don’t have alot of sunlight as they do well in shade. I named him “Big Guy”. Kids and pets should be kept away from this guy though as it is toxic if ingested.
This is a Golden Pothos plant that has heart shaped leaves. These plants can reach up to 7 feet which you can see in this picture it is pretty close to. Bonus: Golden Pothos is a powerful plant that can improve indoor air quality.
Don’t give up the plants either! I also love the little ornaments decorated in between the plants such as the set of trains on this mantle or the Model T (under the Ohio flag a few pictures up) – all made by his grandfather!
This is another Jade plant that came from the original one in the first picture (his favorite plant). I love seeing generations – great grandpa, grandpa, papa, son, baby, baby baby.. that’s what I would name them.
Thanks Steve for taking the time to let me meet your plants and share them with everyone who appreciates brightening your home with green. It was truly a joyous afternoon to learn all about them.
And as a bonus, I was left in the kitchen alone so I snapped these too:
This wooden duck that his grandpa made holds a recipe to a broccoli and cheddar dish that I bet is delicious.
Thanks again Steve! Hope you all his enjoyed meeting his plants!