Smell the Roses: Tess

Hello friends!
Ready to start this new week?
Let's take a look back at last week's smell the roses - care for a house plant.


I have a confession to make.
I'm a disaster when it comes to caring for house plants.
I love plants but always forget about them - and let them dry and die.

I really wanted to give it another shot - not only do plants add greenery to a room but they also purify the air & reduce stress.
So I went to the closest garden centre and instantly set my sights on the cutest little plant - a white Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana.
Pronounce kal-un-KOH-ee or kal-un-kee.
"Great!" said my husband - that one requires minimal care!

Once I got home, I read all about the plant and its growing tips.
Indeed, Kalanchoes are not particularly hard to care for and grow - just little watering.
The Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana is a succulent flowering plant coming from the island of Madagascar, and it usually blossoms between February and April.

I repotted the plant into a larger vase - with the help of my husband, who loves gardening.
He also told me about compost but to be honest, I completely forgot about it.
I just wanted to take my little plant and place it on my coffee table.

Since I will try and grow this little beauty, I decided to name it.
TESS - like Tess Durbeyfield, one of my favourite literary characters.
At first glance, the plant looks so innocent and angelic.
Well... later found out that the Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana could be poisonous if the leaves are ingested.
So maybe I could have named it Lucrezia, Elle Driver or Yvonne...

That smell the roses is a real, long-term challenge for me - but it's going to be great to see that plant grow and flower.
Then I could have an indoor garden!
You'll be able to follow the development of Tess on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #growingTess.

Did you stop and smell the roses last week?

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