How I replaced my blood-red hands with green fingers.

Illustrated by Jihyang Lim

I used to be the kind of person who enjoys having plants at home, but doesn’t have any because they’re afraid to kill them… and then what’s the point? I’d mastered the art of killing plants, it was time for the challenge of keeping them alive.

In order to make the leap and spend some money on decorating my house with greenery, I needed to present myself with some rational arguments, and thankfully it wasn’t too hard to find them.

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I’m passionate about my health. Terms like gluten-free, organic, and sustainable are all words that lead to me pouncing when I spot them on packaging. When it comes to air pollution, Poland is the China of Europe, and since I live in Warsaw (or should I say Beijing) and my friends started buying air purifiers, I decided that investing in a little greenery at home would be a rational thing to do. To add to this, I found some stats proving that having plants at home can a have positive impact on your mental health – something which is always priceless.

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There’s also another factor – the whole not having kids yet thing. I wanted to become a “plant mum” to aloe vera and rubber plants, to succulents and birds of paradise. Bringing these species into the home is an added responsibility, yes, but it’s nowhere near as involved as having a child (there also isn’t nearly as much pressure to keep a plant alive as there is a little human being – who knew?). Knowing my ability to inadvertently kill plants – this wasn’t my first attempt – I found out I’m not the only one with this problem, and some people have already thought of solutions:

 

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The argument of being closer to nature is more powerful to me than anything else. I’m trying to escape civilization whenever possible; my apartment is right in front of a park, but a city is still a city. Judith de Graaff, co-author of Urban Jungle: Living and Styling with Plants, proves my point. She has been growing her indoor collection for years now and has more than 150 plants to date. “More and more people live in cities, they live in very small spaces,” Graaff tells us. “And they might have a few parks, but they’re not in touch with nature anymore. So, the easiest way to get back in touch with our roots is, well, going outside but also to have houseplants in your home. You see them grow and you learn how to be patient because they don’t bloom tomorrow or immediately.”

Stepping away from rational arguments, I’d be lying if I said I haven’t noticed the greenery trend, starting with Pantone choosing “Greenery” as the color of 2017 – their statement explaining its choice reads: “Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signal us to take a deep breath and oxygenate, leaving us feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.”

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At the far end of that trend I’d place succulent manicures or succulent soap. And to answer your question – yes, they are a thing, and no, I didn’t go that far. Yet.

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I didn’t feel it was appropriate to share photographs of my green kingdom yet – and there’s a simple reason for that. I want to show it to you as a proud mummy, and I’ll only be proud when my little kids survive a little longer than a few weeks with me. So I do promise pictures, but in the meanwhile enjoy a carefully chosen DaWanda green selection:

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write at 19.04.2017 - 17:10.

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