The first blooms of the year are always my favorite. After a cold and colorless midwestern winter nothing pops brighter than the green of new spring growth. I get excited when the buds start to appear knowing that one day very soon hundreds of blossoms will bloom and winter hibernation will truly be over.
Every year, as the world comes alive outside, I find myself overcome with the urge to fill my home with green. It is my own personal attempt to capture the magic and bring it indoors. That way I can fill my home with that same feeling of new possibilities that greets me every time I step out of my front door. Every Spring I attempt to take on the responsibility of one, maybe two, new plants in my condo. Gardening experts are consulted, and plants are chosen based on 1) level of hardiness (must be high) 2) sunlight requirements (my condo faces south) 3) water maintenance (needs to be low). Yet somehow year after year by the fourth of July, I am looking at the brown and shriveled remnants of what was once glorious foliage.
This year I have decided, I am breaking with tradition, the few plants that have managed to survive under my care over the years, will not be supplemented with younger weaker siblings. This year when my desire for more greenery strikes, I shall be going faux. That’s right I have decided to embrace the faux plant with a fervor that hasn’t been seen since the early 90’s. Now unlike the burgeoning silk flower bouquets of the past, this time around the faux scene is much less fussy and much more sleek. There are orchids that are so realistic at Crate and Barrel I embarrassed myself asking the sales associate if they were real… they weren’t. And the faux succulents on the market right now (plants that are supposed to be indestructible, and yet I have never had one survive under my watch…) are also looking incredibly convincing and with no watering required, might just be my new favorite thing.
The key to keeping your faux florals and foliage (gosh I love that word) looking fresh is to keep it simple. Stick with a uncomplicated color palette (I favor green and white) and don’t skimp on quality. Bad fake flowers and leaves are like knock off purses…sad. Pick flowers and plants that you love and then revel in the fact that you can enjoy their beauty permanently with no caregiving responsibility required (double yes!). Go on vacation, don’t worry while you are on that work trip, all of your “plants” will be exactly as you left them when you return!
Now go enjoy your new found freedom!