I know I said the next post would be all about the master bedroom, but A) I still haven’t found a bed base I like (and while mattresses on recycled pallets can look industrial-chic, mattresses on the floor only ever look povo) and B) I haven’t finished the fabric jewellery board I’m aiming to take pride of place on the rear wall. I’ve also been annoyingly hindered by a complete *C*) of a throat infection I may or may not have brought upon myself by inhaling a kilogram of teak dust over the weekend. Sanding back wood without the proper PPE is like clubbing past the age of 30: it seems harmless enough at the time but inevitably leaves you dirty, nauseous and consumed by self-loathing.
So instead, I’d like to introduce the latest addition to the household; a baby Monstera deliciosa I paid way too much for at a local florist’s last week while walking home from the pub. Serves me right for drunken plant-perving, I guess.
Monstera deliciosa (also known as Split-leaf philodendron; Fruit Salad Plant; Hipstera magnes), artfully positioned to disguise the leaf damage I caused by dropping my phone on him.
I have a particular fondness for Md’s, as my Mum kept a gorgeous specimen in our living room for years when I was a kid. When I bought this one, he (yes he; all my plants are male) had already outgrown the pot so much that his roots were climbing over the edges and crawling through the drainage holes like tiny, angry alien tentacles. I immediately transplanted him into a much bigger pot, thinking I was doing the right thing giving my new baby room to breathe and grow and maybe even dance a little when I wasn’t watching, but it turns out I may have screwed up – apparently when repotting you’re only supposed to go up another inch or so in pot size to avoid the roots taking in too much water and developing rot.
I don’t want to traumatise him by repotting again so soon, so I’ll keep him dry for a bit and see what happens. Seeing as it is July and all, I might give myself the same treatment. Or if not for the entire month, at least until I find another route home.