Blooming life in my living room

This purple wandering Jew has been with me for about three years.

Here in mid-Michigan, the time for things blooming outdoors has largely passed. Sure a lot of people have their chrysanthemums, and our clematis and nicotiana have a few stubborn blooms. For the most part, though, the slow death of fall has begun, the leaves have largely dropped, and all color is disappearing from the outdoors.

That’s why it’s especially gratifying that my living room has been so floral. I have five plants in here but two — a prayer plant and an adopted orchid — are just foliage.

That’s fine. I’m a big fan of foliage, and have been known to choose plants accordingly. That’s why one of my longest lasting plants is a glorious purple wandering Jew that has been with me about three years. During the summer it lives outside, and the constant stream of sunlight keeps the leaves a beautiful purple.

This time of year, the light is less and so is the purple. However, from its perch on the piano, there is enough daily light to prompt the occasional small blossoms.

A bloom on the wandering Jew.











Another longtime love is my bougainvillea. This poor thing has been traumatized back to near barrenness at least twice, and I keep nursing it back. Right now it is rewarding me with its paper flowers:

Bougainvillea in bloom.












My great love, though, is my hibiscus. I was fortunate enough to pluck this beauty from Freecycle. A dear lady bought it thinking it was hardy enough to winter outdoors, then learned it was not, and would not risk poisoning her nine cats with it. I have one cat and took the risk.

The hibiscus and bonus Lab assistant.

If it is possible to be in love with a plant, I might be in love with this one. My daughter caught me staring intently at a blossom. I marvel at their intricacy and so I am unabashedly busted.

I find the pink tint from this angle interesting. It’s a trick of the light.
I stare for long moments at the folds and curves of these flowers. Nature is indeed marvelous.

2 thoughts on “Blooming life in my living room

  1. My apartment is filled with plants as well, and the wandering Jew is my favorite! It stays in my office on a small stand in front of the window, and it is beautiful. Mine has never bloomed though…odd. We live on the north side of our building, so it may just not be getting enough light to blossom.

    Your plants are gorgeous!


  2. Thank you, Lydia! I am fortunate to have a couple of windows facing east, so that is where my wandering Jew lives. Even when it blooms, though, it’s never more than about three flowers at a time.


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