Friday Favs – SNAKE PLANT

Post #168

Friday, 8 February 2019

Friday Favs

SNAKE PLANT

Have you ever said –

“Nothing grows for me – I’m no gardener.

I kill everything!”

Before you write yourself off as a failure at growing plants or flowers –

consider buying a SNAKE PLANT.

You might find this an easy plant to take care of and you might even find some flowers blooming on your SNAKE PLANT one day.

You will be doing a “happy dance” all around the room!

Give  SNAKE PLANT a chance.

According to an article in the Old Farmer’s Almanac Newsletter on  February 6, 2019,

“A Snake Plant” is  also known as “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.”  That was a surprise to me.

In the 1980s,  I attended an auction at the home of a neighbor.  When the auctioneer held up a pitiful looking Snake Plant, I was the only bidder on it.  Obviously, it had ben sadly neglected for a long time. The long leaves of the plant were withered and  discolored – it did not look promising. But, I came home with that plant and began to take good care of it. The plant  responded to the light watering I gave it and it was not long before my Snake Plant began to send up tender shoots of new plants. Better yet, it started to bloom! That is a thrill when your succulent blooms.

The Snake Plant in my home today, is the same one I bought over thirty years ago at that auction sale on a summer day.

Each year, I bring my prized Snake Plant  indoors for winter, and it spends about 6 months of the year outside on my wraparound porch.

I make sure it is shielded from rain  because it does not like to be wet. And,

On my porch, it  gets a few hours of sunshine every day. It is on the south/west side of the porch. My Snake Plant rewards me with  lots of little white  flowers blooming on long stems, nearly  every year. I would say this is a plant that keeps on giving – for a lifetime. I expect one day this plant will be handed down in the family for another generation to enjoy. I’ve given starts off of it to family members over the years, too.

For additional information on growing Snakeplant and other succulents, please visit the Old Farmer’s Almanac.  You can read much more about how to care for your own Snake Plant.

I’d love to hear from YOU –

Do you have a Snake Plant?

I hope I have encouraged you to give SNAKE PLANT  a try.  Refer to the great article in the Old Farmers Almanac Newsletter for everything you need to know about this and many other plants you can grow in your home.  

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Photos by Lynda McKinney Lambert.  “my Snake Plant”

Copyright 2019. Lynda McKinney Lambert

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Friday Favs – Aloe Vera: Winter Delights

Post 151

11 January 2019

 

Friday Favs: Aloe Vera: Winter Delights

 

I often begin my morning by checking

the daily issue of the Old Farmer’s Almanac –

I receive a Newsletter which  comes silently

each day

in my mailbox.

First,

I check the front page for the poem of the day.  The featured poem, or fragment of a poem or proverb or quote always has a beautiful photograph or art work that goes with it.  To see a photo with some creative text is  inspiring to me.   Do you enjoy seeing an artistic image with a poem?  I think it is a WIN-WIN when there are TWO CREATIVE WORKS side-by-side.

How do YOU feel about that?

I think of  a POEM PLUS PHOTO  as a

MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN.

Word + Image = ART!

Below: Photo by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

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Today –

I spotted some photos of  a type of succulent plant that I love.

I bought my first Aloe Vera about twenty years ago at a rare plant store in Georgia. We were visiting our daughter who lived in Georgia at that time.

The Rare Plant store  was a thrill for us to find.  I never was in such a  a store that sold rare plants – we purchased a few of them and a container to plant them in. This purchase was how  I started my succulent collection.

I bought a shallow terra-cotta planter that looks something like a pie dish.  The circular planter  is wide at the top and shallow – only about 3 inches deep. I still have the dish I purchased  and I still have several types of Aloe Vera plants.

Aloe Vera plants brighten our  rooms

from late fall to early spring. 

As soon as I am sure winter frosts are over,  my plants go outside to live on our wraparound porch for about 6 months a year.  They thrive in the bright light of the porch, yet they are protected from  rain and direct sunlight.  It is important to keep the plants out of the rain  because they will get too wet and begin to rot.  The need to be in containers of terra-cotta for good  drainage.

With good care you can have your Aloe Vera plants for many years.

Everything you ever want to know about t Aloe Vera Plants

Here is a poem I wrote when my Partridge Breasted Aloe was blooming.

“Partridge Breasted Aloe”

She thrust her pointed daggers

upward and outward

concave deep green leaves

adorned with white spots

front and back.

Basks in winter sunshine.

from a center core at the base

spiny and plump

with white designs

on the spruce green leaves.

 

Winter is flowering season

one long stem bursts above

like a quiet barn swallow

shooting up from the center

of a rosette in the springtime

one salmon pink flower

fills my mornings with a delicate scent

no fragrance can match

the fragile beauty of her perfume.

 

Partridge Breast is a sun worshipper

thrives in the south-facing window

prefers to drink less in winter.

 

Partridge Breast is the Queen of my collection

succulents and cacti, my delights.

Partridge Breasted Aloe brings

a sense of peace to my home.

When spring rains turn towards

Summer’s cat-like days

my succulent friends spend their

vacation on my sun-drenched porch

where no grooming is necessary.

By Lynda McKinney Lambert, 2017.

Previously Published:

Naturewriting, Literary Magazine -, Feb. 13, 2018

Behind Our Eyes: A Literary Sunburst – Anthology #3. 2019

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