Hello lovelies! Did you know that it’s Arbour Day this Friday, 1 September? It’s the day we celebrate the beauty of trees (arbor means ‘tree’ in Latin) and all they bring us – from oxygen to a home for birds and squirrels, shade, beauty and of course food! To celebrate this very special day on the gardening calendar (and Arbour Week in general ) Stodels, the biggest garden centre group in the Cape have loads of brilliant specials on:
• They’re offering 30% off 10 000 plants (50 varieties in total) until 3 Sep
• They have a Buy-1-Tree-Get-1-Free special on until 3 Sep
• They have a Buy a R17 bag of dm compost and get a FREE tree special – on 1 September
All in all – if you’re in anyway in the market for plants, herbs, veggies, shrubs, trees… well you know where to go.
As part of their Arbour Day and Arbour Week specials, Stodels asked me to share what indoor trees i would pick for my space and they also wanted to offer one of you a voucher for R500 (see the giveaway details below). I jumped at the opportunity obviously, especially since our home is crying for some greenery and specifically a tree or two. I popped into Stodels and spent some time soaking up the beautiful green and then set to work.
I learned some interesting indoor tree titbits:
• Most indoor trees thrive in a space that varies between 15 and 23 degrees celsius – it’s a good idea to ask the nursery assistant whether the tree you have in mind needs a warmer space to be happy
• Low pieces of furniture like couches look great with trees that have skinny trunks and foliage on top (like some of the Ficus family) – larger pieces of furniture could do with more imposing trees.
• An awkward space can be transformed by a tree – one with sculptural leaves (Delicious Monster or Fiddle Leaf Fig) or one with leaves that spray out more – like a Fern.
• Indoor Trees need moderate water – this is GREAT news for the Western Cape because of the drought. We collect our shower water to water our indoor plants and veggies and i’ll be adding our two new trees to the water queue. Luckily they won’t need to be watered too frequently (once a week in warmer weather and once every ten days in cooler weather). I’ve taken a cautious route with our new fern and placed it in the bathroom where i know it will get moisture.
• Did you know that yellow leaves indicate over watering? So in the name of saving your tree and saving water – go easy on the water lovelies – using a natural mulch like used rooibos leaves from your tea on your indoor trees can help slow down moisture loss and it keeps bugs away too.
• Most indoor trees don’t like direct sunlight – a spot that gets some sunlight during the day is fine. Good news if yours is a space that isn’t drenched in sunlight. I’ve found that my Fiddle Leaf Fig doesn’t like direct sunlight at all.
Here are my two tree buys…
This is Ficus Benjamina – it’s a really popular Ficus variety and is a hardy little tree. I love it – and think it looks so cool in the belly basket too. Ficus trees also look great in a room corner – you’d just need a bigger one to create a focal point.
You may have spotted the Bamboo Palm in my previous post – i knew my bathroom needed something and when i saw the Palm, i was sold! It’s a whimsical touch to a space that’s mostly monochromatic and of course that pop of green is great!
My brief was to shop for trees but once i’d done that i couldn’t help myself.
This is a Fittonia and isn’t the pot fab too?
Aside from all their amazing specials, Stodels also has a Buy-1-Cyclamen-Get-1-Free special. They come in the most fabulous bright colours, love them!
That’s me getting up close and personal with a Natal Mahogany – what a beautiful specimen (the tree that is 😉
Want to WIN a R500 Stodels voucher?
• Tell me what tree or plants you’d like to plant this Arbour Day?
• Share this on Social Media and don’t forget to use the tag #stodelsarbourday2017