It's that time of year, time to bring those sweet little (or huge) plants in from outdoors where they enjoyed the sun and rain for four months. I had already brought in the spider plant and had it hanging from a long hook in the corner, but it was a pain to try to water it. I needed it down lower for easy access.
I've seen the ladders that bloggers have decorated for Christmas and other seasons, and always thought that was pretty clever. Also beautiful. They'd gone to great pains to refinish the ladder into shabby chic or whatever. I did not have a decent wood ladder available. Actually, there was a smaller wood one I could have used, but I'm pretty sure it would have collapsed under the weight of my plants. It was in bad shape.
So, the ladder I used is actually my very favorite ladder, for it's aluminum - very lightweight but strong. It's the perfect ladder for me, cuz it's easy to carry from point A to point B. And that brings one to the natural question, 'So why did you use it for plants?' The answer, simply, is because it's the one ladder Kevin doesn't use or need. And it was there.
I was in a big hurry to get this done, so I did dust it a little afterwards (I want you to know!), but didn't actually take time to do anything with it other than place a white bookshelf across the top shelf (the paint tray) and balance two plants on it. Then I pulled up my last two cayenne plants, tied them with macrame cord, and hung them from the ladder. My peppermint also needed picking, so that was next. Both will dry naturally as fall wears on. When the peppermint dries, I'll put it in an old Mason jar.
A Yankee candle on top, an vintage egg crate and milk can underneath, and I think we're set. Look at that crazy wild rosemary in front of the patio doors!
This spider plant was sitting out on a stump all summer, and had grown a ton of new stems (?) with buds. It is loaded with babies!
(Oregano, Carmen Peppers, and Orange Peel
Dried, on Table)
I made sure to put the oregano plant on the window seat in our bedroom. It's Tuppence's favorite. And no, I don't use the cat-chewed oregano for cooking. (I know what you were thinking ;-) I've already harvested and dried the oregano for the kitchen. (See table above.) The oregano plant is Tuppence's special treat. I'll awaken at night to hear her chomping away. Crazy kitty.
A couple winters ago
P.S. If I come across another ladder that would work just as well, I'll probably switch ladders. I already know I'm going to miss having my lightweight aluminum ladder to use for projects.
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