Or the planters. Or the dirt. I’ve often seen tillandsia on tables at art fairs and home and garden shows without thinking much about them. “Air Plants!” proclaim the signs on the tables. “Freak plants!” I think, and dismiss the idea of owning organic matter that sits around on tables looking like little dried up octopi.
But then I saw an installation of these at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. They were hung on fishing line in rows looking like airy curtains, and I quite liked them.
In the meantime, the two Boston ferns currently taking up window space in my back room seem unable to thrive. Other tropicals, tenders, and forced bulbs in this space—colocasia, gardenia, hibiscus, hyacinths, and more—grow happily, but the two hanging plants have always faltered. Besides being a pain in the ass to water.
It turned out that the hardest part was buying the things—they’re not quite as cheap as you might think. It was then simple to tie them along the fishing line, and they look quite distinctive backlit from the window. I can see I need more.
Anyone using these plants like this? Issues?Posted by Elizabeth Licata on March 4, 2013 at 8:00 am, in the category It's the Plants, Darling, Shut Up and Dig.