Sigh. You’d think I’d be better at saving money in this economy. But you guys, it’s just so hard when there are so many pretty plants to be had!
This is actually the first time I’ve gone the way of focusing heavily on seeds instead of living plants, with the exception of the peony root I bought for Jeter so I can’t give a huge progress update on these just yet as I’m waiting for things to germinate. But that doesn’t mean we can’t come together and dream of the potential, right?
Heirloom Seed Haul from SeedGeeks
So I ended up buying a TON of seeds from this seller and figured it’d just be easier to group them together.
I’m particularly excited about these growing because I want to put them in my small flower box that’s attached to our house number. Also the name…so goth! Bestill my black heart…it goes so well with my “bleeding heart” plant!
Like the Amaranth, this was another “goth” plant I needed to have. I actually stumbled on it during my black plant roundup and immediately fell in love.
Like the spinach seeds, these will be my first venture into edible plant seeds (well, the sunflowers too, I guess). I’m someone who’s known for buying vegetables and forgetting to eat them in time so I figure having the live plants around might make that easier.
The Rest of the Plant Haul
White Fusion Calathea
I got another white fusion calathea because my last one didn’t make it through the dry winter (blame ADHD for not caring for it the right way). I actually picked mine up from another seller but their shop has gone MIA and FancyPlantsy’s listing was right around the same size + price point.
How’s it doing? Honestly? Not great. It’s getting sun in my office and water full of delicious fish poop straight from my aquariums but seems to be struggling so it’s currently under observation. Ahem:
I mean, not to gloat, but I’m typically pretty good with caring for Calatheas…white fusions have been a real PITA for me, though.
Pearl Weed from AntGoods
Yep, another aquarium plant. I picked this pearl weed up because I wanted to begin working on carpeting the bottoms of my tanks to A) clean up the waste and nutrients the fish leave and B) make it look nicer.
How’s it doing? Pretty well! It requires a lot (ish) maintenance in terms of cutting it down and replanting the cuttings but that’s a good problem to have, you know? If I were more diligent about it I’d have a nice, full carpet in at least two of my tanks now.
I’m also impressed with its ability to grow not only in the sand but in gravel substrates, too!
A Few Other Plant-Related Purchases
These ones I got on Amazon instead of Etsy but figured, you know, plant haul means plant haul.
I got this vertical planter to hold my lettuce and spinach seeds. I might experiment with other veggies like peppers but for now, one thing at a time!
Our backyard hose is one of those expandy ones that almost reaches the entirety of the yard, so I got this watering wand to help me reach the corners of the yard and get a nice spray on our potted bamboo that are 15′ high.
I’ve ordered this set of terrarium plants from JMBamboo numerous times and have never been disappointed. I actually got these for an upcoming paludarium build that will house some vampire crabs, but more on that later!
Yeah, it’s not an exciting purchase but in the spirit of being complete with regard to my plant purchases, I got a wall hose mount. We had a gorgeous decorative metal one you drive into the ground but the area near our house is really rocky (it’s the wildflower garden) so it wouldn’t ever stay up. We finally just gave in and went for practical over aesthetics even though it always makes me nervous drilling into the exterior of our house.