May 6, 2013

Win a succulent prize at our Indoor Plant Decor book launch

If you live indoors and love plants, then you need this book—Indoor Plant Decor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants (St. Lynn’s) will open your eyes to artful ways of using specific plants to boost the mood you create in your home. Far more than just how to keep that Rex begonia alive (although there are plant care tips, too) Kylee Baumle and Jenny Peterson offer an array of decor styles, distinctive containers, and clever DIY projects.

And come on, who doesn’t love to take a quiz? Which is the plant decor style for you? Choose from chapters on Classic Elegance, Cheap Chic, Peaceful Zen, Vintage Vibe, World Beat, Traditional Mix, Modern Eclectic, and the more-macho-rather-than-Harry-Trumanesque Haberdashery. You’re already wondering which one is most you—right? Pick up the book and find out.

But first, enter to win an indoor plant prize! We’re co-hosts of the Virtual Book Party to celebrate Indoor Plant Design and we’re giving away a sumptuous $75 6"x12” Living Picture Kit of succulents from the famed Succulent Gardens in Castroville, on the Central Coast of Caifornia. You know those folks—the people who created the succulent globe at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.

Ready to win? Leave us a comment and tell us about your first houseplant. We’ll pick a winner on Sunday night, May 12 and announce here next Monday (as always, eyes closed, pinkie promise).

Win more prizes at the other blogs that are co-hosting this party!

Gossip in the GardenCowlick Cottage FarmThe Casual GardenerNot Just a HousewifePersonal Garden CoachDiggingThe Impatient GardenerGardening Gone WildUrban Gardens



Jennifer B says:

Well, of course, it was a pothos in my dorm room-everyone had one back in the day.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 5:53 am.

JamieK says:

My first houseplant was a sweet potato that I ‘grew’ in a mason jar of water.  At 7 years old I thought it the most beautiful thing!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:19 am.

Connie Beck says:

Oh I feel so guilty about my first houseplants!  I jumped in quite quickly and bought 6 tiny houseplants at KMart about 40 years ago.  I put them in a nice hot window (here in San Diego) and did not understand why they fried on a weekly watering.  As they met their demise one by one and two by two I gave up for years on indoor plants.  Eventually I got a clue and now my houseplants grow more than I want them to!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:30 am.

Sharon D says:

My first house plant was a spider plant!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:39 am.

Nancy Myers says:

My husband gave me a Boston fern for our first anniversary.  We lived in Arizona at the time, and I worked really hard keeping it alive in the heat and dry climate.  We moved to California almost 20 years ago, and it has done really well here in cool and foggy Monterey.  I have been married over 40 years, so I still have me first plant and it is still alive!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:40 am.

Leslie Guinan says:

I still have my first houseplant, given to me by my beloved 5th grade teacher Mrs. Griffin. It’s a String of Hearts, Ceropegia woodii. My sister also still has the one Mrs. Griffin gave her, 40 years ago!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:47 am.

Abby R says:

It’s hard to remember what my first houseplant was as my family always had so many when I was growing up. But the first plant I could really call my own was a spider plant I took to college with me, a baby taken from a giant spider plant my parents had at home. It was nice in that it felt like I was taking a piece of home with me. I knew I couldn’t live somewhere without plants, so the little baby plant lived in a little pot on my windowsill all through my freshman year. I still have that plant and it’s a lot larger than it was then and I’m glad I have it as a reminder of my houseplant filled childhood home.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:57 am.

Linda Mendelssohn says:

My first was the mother-in-law tongue which seemed to grow with or without my help.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:59 am.

Abbey says:

My first houseplant as an aloe. That thing was indestructible, and I passed it’s pups on to many of my broke young-adult friends as a housewarming gift.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 7:00 am.

Catherine MacPhail says:

Of a certain age where my first houseplant was a striated spider plant residing in a macramé hanger that I thought fabulous at the time.  Hearty, couldn’t kill that plant although I did have to eventually kill off the macramé hanger…

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 7:14 am.

Judy Sundermann says:

My first houseplant was the pothos, but what I really remember was all the macrame projects that I did for my plants. What I realize now is how many of my early plants I grow outdoors…spider plants, ferns, mother-in-law plant.  How lucky I am to live in Southern California!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 7:20 am.

Regina says:

I don’t remember what my first house plant was. I’m sure I didn’t know it’s name at the time. I did try some cactus. Yes, they died. hmmm

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 7:53 am.

Katina says:

My first house plant?  hmmm….Probably, technically, the sweet corn that I started from seed in the house when I was in college.  Yep.  Sweet corn.  Because that always transplants so well out to the garden.  First actual plant that was meant to be a house plant was the bonsai tree I started from seed.  It actually did well until I moved to Austin (into a house that isn’t bright by any sense of the word).

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 7:54 am.

Jo Ellen Roe says:

I am sure it was a philodendron ... my mother grew them in water all the time, and I did the same when I first moved out on my own.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 7:57 am.

Britt says:

I guess my first houseplant was an african violet we had the back of the toilet in the “kids” bathroom growing up. it bloomed exactly 1 time

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 8:17 am.

Maureen Larkin says:

Of course, I was a newlywed on the east coast when I first discovered succulents.  I wanted to beautify our first home, so I purchased six different succulent plants, all about 3 or 4 inches in size.  I planted them in a large clay saucer, the kind you put under a very large planter.  They did marvelous in an east facing window with a white lacy curtain.  They were really quite spectacular.  People who visited often commented how lovely they were.  They did not require much of my time, which was appreciated, since I was a busy career person.  It broke my heart to leave them behind, when some time later my husband and I moved to California.  With much regret, I left them with my sister.  Now, many years later, I have at least 120 rare and more common succulents in my home, garden and patio. They contribute to a sense of serenity.  So, in essence, I gave away my first loves, and found them again in sunny California.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 8:26 am.

Janet says:

I purchased my first houseplants in the early70’s. Several spider plants that I hung from the ceiling on macrame hangers with beads!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 8:28 am.

Laura M says:

A prayer plant…are they stilled called that?

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 8:35 am.

Sue says:

Your comment

Just can’t remember what indoor plants I first planted.  My Dad built a big indoor window box he filled with plants below the macrame (of course) hanging planters-house plants were his specialty.  We were left to try our luck with the marigold seeds in the styrofoam cups.
PS Glad a link was provided to the succulent globe-amazing!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 8:36 am.

Joan D. in Texas says:

My Granny tried to help me learn to not kill a plain ol ivy plant! LOL! Seemed like every time I took a plant inside it died! So she started and gave me part of her Ivy that took up half of her kitchen dining area and grew like a weed and I tried it in my newlywed house! LOL!:D

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 8:48 am.

Kathy says:

My first house plant was an African Violet.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 8:50 am.

Stephen S says:

When I was a young boy I was not permitted pets - but my Mom allowed me to get house plants.  There was a small indoor plant shop at the Village Corner in Los Altos (circa 1975).  I used all of my spare money to buy small plants in pots that were perhaps 3”.  I named all of the plants - spotty, greenie, spidey, fern (not so original on that one).  I even made little name cards for each of them.
I’ve had a love of plants ever since and my yard is filled with beauties from SG.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 8:52 am.

Evelyn Vincent says:

My first houseplant was a spider plant. It didn’t live too long, reflecting back on it, as I recall because I didn’t put it in a sunny enough area of my apartment.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 8:59 am.

Sharlene Stipp says:

The first houseplant I remember is a Kalanchoe with an orange bloom.  I still have one today, 30+ years later.  If a leaf or stem breaks, you can just stick it into soil and it grows a new plant.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 9:09 am.

Cindy Whitley says:

How fun this is, it has really made me go way back in the files s of my mind. The first things I temember trying to grow indoors were weeds I would dig up from outdoors and bring into my room in a pot bowl box whatever I could find. My Mom would get upset with me and they would dissapear. I was only 3 or 4 years old.  My Mother would try to throw away a Potato Carrot Beet ect. and I would plant it. I was obsessed and still am. My first House Plant was an Avacado Tree started from seed with Varigated Spider plants growing around it. I packed this plant around for many years until my house burned down. I still have the Spider Plant because I had a piece of it growing outdoors. My favorite passion now are Succulents.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 9:15 am.

Ellen says:

I think it was an ivy.  It grew leggy and over the door.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 9:32 am.

Maureen says:

I had a spider plant in my dorm room.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 9:34 am.

Kathleen Denny says:

In college I hung a grape ivy from the ceiling of my (rather dim) bedroom.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 9:40 am.

Henry Nader says:

The first houseplant I can recall in our household was the yellow butterfly palm.  My mom got it over 20 years ago and it is still practically the same size!  In the same pale pink vase!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 10:07 am.

Jenny Peterson says:

Thank you for the wonderful review and support of our book, Charlotte! I’m coveting the Living Picture Kit myself—I’ve seen it in person and it’s fabulous! Good luck, everyone!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 10:28 am.

Cindy Pinkston says:

My first houseplant was a piggyback plant.  It’s a fuzzy leafed plant that sprouts little baby leaves on top of the larger leaves.  I had one as a teen in Ohio, which I hung from a hand made macrame hanger…all the rage in the 70’s.  Fast forward 30 years, I stubbled upon this plant again in California.  I have it planted outdoors in a pot on my shaded patio.  To my surprise, the little baby leaves are stretching upward and sprouting blooms!  Who knew?  It seems to like CA better than OH, as do I!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 10:39 am.

Brenda says:

My grandmother encouraged me to grow house plants. I believe that my first plant was an avocado that lived for over 15 years but didn’t do well in a move.  My grandmother gave me geranium slips and begonias as well as mother-in-laws tongue and zebra plant.  Fond memories!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 10:57 am.

May says:

When I was 7 or 8 in Hawaii I picked some little maidenhair ferns out of a shallow, grassy ditch, planted them in some tiny wire baskets I somehow made - and attached them to the living room wall.  As a young adult in my first apartment, it was either a hanging asparagus fern or a pepperomia.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 11:13 am.

Kylee Baumle says:

Thank you, ladies, for being a host on the Virtual Book Tour!  As you know, dirt du jour is one of my very favorite blogs, so it’s an honor to have you share in our excitement about our new book.  I love the stories I’m reading here about everyone’s houseplants!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 11:28 am.

michele says:

I love your blog.  so glad I found it. thanks

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 11:46 am.

Shirley says:

My first plant was a pothos ivy I kept in my room during high school.  I still have the same plant many years and many moves later.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm.

RBell says:

Love succulents, so can’t pass up a chance at that!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm.

Deborah West says:

My first plant was a pepperomia. I loved the texture of the foliage and the odd spike-like bloom.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 1:56 pm.

Faith says:

I think a Pothos was my first plant and I dragged around with me as I moved around the country.  When I returned to California I couldn’t bring in any plants so I had to start anew.  I have the perfect place for the a Living Picture of succulents.  I think succulents are perfect indoor plants.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 2:13 pm.

MR says:

My first houseplant was an airplane plant, but the first houseplant I fell in love with was aloe. Twenty years later, I have about 50 plus aloes - its a good thing its not an addiction…

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm.

Patty Soriano says:

I was so young.  I remember my mom taking me to the home of two ladies from our church.  They were sisters.  And gardeners.  They gave me what I think was a succulent.  I’ve never been the same since.  Now I have plants of all kinds, and use up every square inch of our huge patio for hundreds and hundreds of potted plants.  I propagate everything and share with anyone interested in what I have.  I had to do a double take—I live in Castroville—and never heard of Succulent Gardens.  But I’m in Castroville, TEXAS!  thank you for hosting this fun giveaway!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm.

Iris says:

my first houseplant was a vinca I dug from my girlfriend’s mother’s entryway garden… I did finally learn the difference in inside and outside plants and moved on to ferns, spider plants and aloes in macrame hangers…  thanks for the chance…!!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:35 pm.

Denise Stratton says:

My first house plant was a coleus. It did quite well until I got too busy to water it.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:40 pm.

Diane C says:

The first plants that were really mine, as in under my complete care, were 24 geraniums.  I was 14 and using them for an experiment on photoperiodism.  I felt sad some had to die but it was in the name of science.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm.

kathy says:

OH! Would love the book to guide me !

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm.

Marlys says:

A spider plant in a macrame hanger…of course!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 9:36 pm.

Candy Suter says:

I am pretty sure that my first house plant was an African violet.  My Mom used to grow them so I learned watching her.  They were fairly easy to grow for a girl fresh away from home.  But now I am all about succulents.  Sure would love to win this prize!

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 11:50 pm.

Judy says:

I’m not very good with houseplants. I’ve been trying to grow African violets for years. Love the flowers, but they need more attention than I seem to be able to give them…

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 1:26 am.

Ally says:

I have a vague remembrance of a pothos ivy hanging in a macrame plant hanger in my dorm room.  I think I still have that plant.

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 4:25 am.

commonweeder says:

My very first houseplant was a Christmas cactus when I was about 10. I have no idea how I aquired it. No one in my family had houseplants. I killed it because I thought as a cactus it should be watered maybe once or twice a year. In addition I had potted it up with soil from my back yard. Bad all around. I am happy to report I am much more successful with all my succulents today - in the house and in my outdoor hypertufa trough. The book looks great!

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 5:07 am.

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