Chain of Hearts plants aren’t cool“, I told myself. “Indoor plants are weird. What do they even do?“, I wondered.

improvise Oh, past Jacquie. What a fool you were, an absolute FOOL. Don’t worry though, I now know that indoor plants are the bomb dot com. You can get so many different types – small, big, drooping, contained, you name it. As you may recall from numerous posts in the past, I have a few indoor plants. There’s Mary the maiden hair fern, Cynthia the never never plant, and Phil the aluminium plant. All three had a very close brush with death after I left them outdoors in the sun for a good week or two without any water. But I am pleased to report that all three have made a strong recovery.

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symbolize Not to take away from their miraculous healing stories, let’s move on because there’s a new kid in town. Meet Dorothy, the chain of hearts. Chain of hearts 4I’ve wanted a chain of hearts for a little while now (after I got over my misconception about indoor plants it was the first one I fell in love with) so when my mum asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I quickly blurted “CHAINOFHEARTSPLEASEANDTHANKYOU”. My birthday was last Tuesday and I didn’t have time that day to go out and get a proper indoor pot. Then came Wednesday, the first true day of my holidays (HOORAY!), and I found myself at a loss for what to do. My eyes settled on my new plant babies (I also got a string of pearls) and I made up my mind to head down to my local Bunnings to pick out a nice new plant home.

original site As an aside, Bunnings has a large range of pots but they are all largely quite shit. It is very deceptive. You think the whole aisle is full of opportunity and hope but when you step closer, the pots are either the wrong size, made of really cheap crappy plastic, or don’t come with a water dish. Nevertheless, I did manage to actually find a good quality one in a plain white with a water dish, which cost $12.48. I didn’t realise till I got home, however, that I really needed a hanging pot since I had envisaged hanging the plant somewhere in my room. Such a silly sausage, I am. It ended up not being a problem though because, while I was ferreting around outside looking for hanging pots, I spied an old macrame plant holder. After a quick wash (spiders, ew.) and a (very) quick dry in the sun (thank you, Australia), my chain of hearts was happily sitting in her new home, hanging from the ceiling in the corner of my room. And now I’m happily sitting on my bed, gazing lovingly over at her as I type this. Seriously though, she’s so pretty!

buy lasix over the counter Chain of hearts 2Do you like indoor plants, or plants at all? What ones do you have?


Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.


  1. Carolyn

    I, too, am a convert to the indoor plant. I have one in my hallway which has, miraculously, survived many years and this has given me the confidence to create a little indoor garden on a side table in my family room. Last week, I bought a peperomia with lovely rippled green leaves from the Greenery and I will go back for another but I just had to get a feel for the size I need. My eye was drawn to the lovely, colourful glazed pots but then I went to pick them up and found they were only plastic! Disappointment! I expected more from The Greenery! No matter…I found a nice black hammered metal one instead!


    1. birdandfox

      How lovely, Carolyn! My sister has a peperomia and loves it; it’s very pretty. Bit of a shame about the pots – I do dislike it when that happens. Though a black hammered one sounds excellent! Happy potting!


  2. Catherine Elizabeth

    She is so pretty! I also love that you just have a macrame plant hanger sitting around #lifegoals.

    I too used to think that indoor plants were no good! I think I thought they were really tacky. They conjured up images of gross 70s interiors with brown and orange colour schemes (of which I am not a fan). Who knows why. But I am now thoroughly on the indoor plant bandwagon! I mainly have succulents (after my maiden hair fern died a terrible death), but I’m keen to get some less succulent-y plants. At the moment I have a pink, white and red ‘freckle face’ (I think that’s what it’s called?), that is making a comeback after a near death experience. Sheesh, plants can be stressful, right?!


    1. birdandfox

      I’m so glad I found the macrame hanger – can’t believe it wasn’t being used!
      Haha yes, one does have to select trends from the past (and present, for that matter!) carefully, hey? I’m cool with the macrame and indoor plants, but that mission brown…man. Virtually my whole house is mission brown! And we have orange taps! And lime green couches! Crazy times, those 70s.
      Anyway, I’m glad you’re also on the indoor plant bandwagon! Oooh your freckle face plant sounds so cute. I did have to google it – I’m not yet an expert on indoor plants by any stretch of the imagination – and me likey. Very pretty. I have to say, after I published this post, Mary did take a turn for the worse. I looked up her symptoms and it seems I’ve been overwatering her :/ I think housesitting came at a most opportune time! Hopefully she will dry out a little – but not too much! – while I’m away and then I can come home to a back to normal, healthy maiden hair 😀 That’s the plan anyway. Phewph. So stressful.
      Thanks Catherine!


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