A Suitable Bed

The short version of the story is that I went to IKEA to get a new mattress (after nearly 8 years with my previous one that I got at a very reduced price), and discovered, after seeing a small palette-type setup of succulents, cacti, and pothos plants, that I had a surprising nostalgic connection to the little leafy plants, more perky in their youthful state than once they get long and fill out.

So I bought some: a cactus, a succulent, and two pothos plants.

That was 8 days ago, and in that time I went from no greenery in the home (except for whatever was in the fridge) to four plants, to twenty, and one little loner at the office. I also now have LED bulbs in bendy, clampy fixtures on timers for my new plants, and a plan for a vertical garden of sorts against a wall of my rented apartment, into which I should likely not be drilling holes. But that setup will come later, and along with it, hopefully, herbs.

This blog that no one but I will read (except that I’m quite fond of the name) will serve more as a log of my progress (or rather their progress) as I figure out all this planting business and keep a record of growth and successes and (hopefully no) failures.

Don’t expect articles. This will (liberatingly) likely be a much more mobile venture than my other blogs (for those of you who know those), with photos and a note here or there, a web version of a notebook for these guys, lots of pictures I’m sure, so that’s that.

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!

Robert Burns, To a Mouse