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The BIC Plant and Gardening Thread

Hello BIC friends and fellow gardeners! Whether you have a container on your balcony, some indoor plants, a whole garden, or even if you just happen to visit a botanical garden or see a lovely space or plant in your neighborhood you want to share, this is the place! Please share pics, tips, plans and tricks about all things gardening!  


For many years I had a container balcony garden with mostly flowers and herbs (when travel allowed), and I am now embarking on my first backyard landscaping and gardening journey. 

I am often taking inspiration from the natural world around me and have recently had some spring inspiration for the Makeup Challenge of the Week and have loved chatting about gardening in our other threads, so I thought a new thread would be nice. 

Itโ€™s always so interesting to me to see plants and gardens from different regions and countries, so I hope youโ€™ll join the conversation!  

PS: if you create a makeup look based on some plant or garden inspiration, please feel free to post your look or flat-lay here, too! 

Here are a few pics of my spring bulbs to start and Iโ€™ll share more soon (kindly ignore the weeds)! 





My old balcony (from the outside) - Iโ€™ll try to find an internal pic too:




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@Saradestin MACHETE!!! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ that's really the dream LOL daaaw thank you. I'll upload them slowly hehe not to overwhelm and blast this page ๐Ÿฅฐ thanks for encouraging!

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What cool plants, @jaaayp!

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@CookieGirl1 thank you ๐Ÿฅฐ

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Oh wow! Lovely!  thanks for joining us here!  I am slightly limited in my houseplants because my cat tries to eat them sometimes. I have just killed a mandevilla that I thought was making a comeback and two other really pretty leafy plants from Costco. But my fiddle leaf fig, my monstera and another unidentified spiky plant are mostly thriving! @jaaayp 

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@sister13 thank you for letting me jooooin! Ah, I totally get it. I have a little nibbler myself and she just loves to chew on everything when I'm not looking! I definitely have plants that I've buried... we just keep trying! I would love to see your fiddle and monstera ๐Ÿฅฐ heres my little chomper, Bandita, and my monstera, Marvin ๐Ÿคฃ


She likes to check if I'm looking or not....








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oh, and Iโ€™ll snap some pics tomorrow of my indoor plants. Mine might not actually be a monstera because it doesnโ€™t have those split leaves, they are solid leaves. My husband calls it a taro, but maybe itโ€™s an elephant ear? @jaaayp I really need to repot them all, poor things. 

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Oh my goodness, Bandita is adorable, if mischievous. Our kitty mostly chews on the two small palms, then immediately throws them up, lol, itโ€™s so annoying! Your plants look great! And I agree with @Saradestin , you are welcome to post as many pics as often as you like! @jaaayp 

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@sister13 totally get it. Bandit does the same. Can't count how many times I had to carpet clean for her chewing plants and throwing up. I love elephant ear! I don't have any yet but planning on getting some this year ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Your plants look spectacular @jaaayp!!! โค๏ธ And Bandita is the cutest!! ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป

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Hehe, thank you @Saradestin ๐Ÿคฃ

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I love that indoor greenhouse set up you have @jaaayp! Is it an actual green house or did you repurpose a cabinet?

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@JoSometimes thank you ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’– These are repurposed ikea cabinets. Weatherproofed, air-circulated, and humidity controlled. It's definitely work but it keeps them safe from my plant chomper, Bandita ๏ฟฝ

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Impressive @jaaayp! Do you have a behind the scenes look at all the environmental controls? Iโ€™d love to see how you managed all that. 

And I love your catโ€™s name. Bandita is super cute. 

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@JoSometimes @ behind the scenes? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค” like the wires and cables? LOL

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@jaaayp Lights, fans, weatherproofing, whatever you did to make it plant-friendly. Iโ€™ve been thinking of an indoor green house for a while and Iโ€™d love to see how you turned that cabinet into one. Sorry, I sometimes nerd out over technical things like that. ๐Ÿค“

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We recently moved out of a rental apartment and purchased a house with a little garden. The garden was in deep need of everything: trimming, mowing, cleaning, planting, fertilizingโ€ฆ. It will be a several monthsโ€™ work (and in some cases years) to bring it to where I want to, but that is part of the fun ๐Ÿ˜.

As some of you know, all the move and cleaning and rough gardening, ruined my nails, but it was worth it. I did so much!
Here are a few pictures of some of the work done (it is ugly, but it is part of the process):

The inspection highlighted that we needed to avoid any grass/weeds/plants growing under the stucco, so that was one of the first things I had to do.



The grass had grown inside the stucco to an incredible length, taller than me! ๐Ÿ˜ต And there were long roots from who knows what also all over.





But I was able to clean all the house perimeter (this is only one part). It took me several days.


I want to plant flowers there, but that when I find time ๐Ÿ˜

As you can see, the ground is pure sand. I need to add good garden soil to mix with it so plants can grow. 
I also took out several trees that I didnโ€™t like and with branches too close to the roof (also highlighted by the inspection) The worst was to take the roots out ๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿฅต





I planted a Rhododendron (that little green thing that you can see first) because it was on sale and this will be my โ€œacid loversโ€ garden. This one is supposed to be heat resistant. We will see, because I have not seen rhododendrons hereโ€ฆ

I want to add camelias, azaleas, gardenias, hydrangeas and nothing else because I would run out of space ๐Ÿ˜…

And for today I have bored you enough. I have done much more than this but it would be too boring/ugly to share.
Tomorrow more gardening! ๐Ÿ˜

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@Saradestin Great job! And congrats!!!

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Thank you so much @Samtian !! ๐Ÿค—

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@Saradestin ,

My hat is off to you!  You go, Girl!

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Thank you so much @tsavorite !! I lost all my nails but it was worth it! Now it is easy-peasy! 

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Keep us updated, @Saradestin!  Sounds like you're putting a lot of love into it all.

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