Sunday, January 24, 2010

Lethargathons and the Deep Soak

This Lethargathon [Lazy Indoor Day] is sponsored, in part, by Mother Nature ~ with generous donations from Ice Crystals Unlimited and the Wind Chill Foundation.

It's a tad too cold to be playing outdoors today.

What began as a way to pamper my orchids, has evolved into a full-blown Sunday Spa session for most of my flowering friends.


I'm gonna need a bigger sink!

It's called the deep soak. When everyone makes the long commute all the way to the kitchen sink. Here, they get snipped and coddled, rubbed, tubbed and scrubbed.

Soothing weary roots with a wildly effective soak in organic compost tea.


Kate's Beauty Parlor is a full-service operation, complete with shower treatments ~ and suds ~ when we need to get rid of pesky bugs:


What's the point? In January, the air indoors is deadly dry. Some of these bright bloomers adapt. Which is why, after the holidays, we become the foster home for wayward Poinsettias needing more sunshine:


Some can't get a drink any other way. Like my baby Schefflera who is growing, without any soil of any kind, inside this lava rock:


Many of my hobby plants love the sun but can't take the dry air. They glare at me constantly. Teasing me with flower buds that won't open.

I get their telepathic messages loud and clear. They need more moisture.  So, during the worst of winter, when I'm in no mood to trudge outdoors, I shift gears, open up the beauty salon and give these gals the kind of special treatment we all deserve.





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32 comments:

jan said...

I am sure everyone feels refreshed and ready for 6 more weeks of winter after their spa treatment!

Kate said...

Let's hope so. And, we won't tell them they've got about 16 weeks left of winter... Argh! :)

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

I love this post! A spa day for one's indoor beauties. Great way to put it.~~Dee

Kate said...

Thanks, Dee :) I hope you get to keep one of those super cool lawnmowers.

prue said...

Hahaha lucky plants. They look so wonderful.

Kate said...

If only someone would pamper me like that...

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Yes, I too would like a pampering like this, Kate. Actually, you remind me that I have gift certificates to an Aveda spa..but I'm holding out til Farch when I will need them the most! Coddling the indoor plants is a fun way to spend a relaxing afternoon, though.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

I wish the Kate's Beauty Parlor could come to our town! That lava rock plant is a little wonder!

Kate said...

Lucky you, Jodi! I love Aveda products.

Hi, Tatyana;
I'm excited to try your recipes. And, you're not the first gardener to ask if I make house(plant) calls. :D

sweet bay said...

Your opening line is hilarious.

I bet your plants loved the spa treatment. My plants hate the dry indoor air.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Kate, It looks as though you've coined a great word... Lethargathon! What a great time you've had today, giving your plants the spa treatment! You've inspired to take a closer look at some of my indoor plants. :-)

Grace Peterson said...

It seems to me they're very happy, Kate. Just look at those floral rewards. Gorgeous. And your world beyond your four walls? Scary! Stay warm.

Wunx~ said...

Ooh, when did you get the cymbidium?

Melanie said...

Kate you are far nicer to your plants than I am. In fact than I ever am to myself. I should treat myself.

Kate said...

Thx, gals ~ It was a fun lazy day. :)

Like you, Sweet Bay, my poor plants really suffer in this dry winter air. So, this is a bit of a necessity.

Wunx! Long time, no see! :)) I still have a Christmas gift for you. What are the odds you'll ever receive it??

Carol said...

I use to put my plants in the shower...made quite a mess but they seemed to enjoy it... I should do it again... I will let them know you inspired me. Clever post Kate and your plants and flowers look so cheery! ;>) Carol

Liisa said...

Kate,
I have a couple houseplants that could definitely use a trip to your spa!! It looks as though your pampering has certainly paid off... your plants look beautiful!

Rose said...

I've had several lethargathons lately, but they didn't involve indoor plants:) I'm sure your houseplants enjoyed their special day at the spa--no wonder they all look so lovely and healthy!

Your outdoor scene does look cold--Brrr!

Kate said...

Hi, Melanie;
I love winter, just like you, but there are some January days that simply inspire a lazy day of goofing around. :)

Thx, Carol;
The shower thing is an extreme measure :) Such a mess. But, one little urchin of a plant brought home some bugs and I had no choice...

Thx, Liisa;
It seems to help. Our dry desert air is very difficult for Azaleas in particular. :)

Hi, Rose;
Glad to hear you've joined our club! :D We coined the term lethargathon for those days when we just couldn't muster the energy to do anything very productive outdoors. We believe that's why Januarys were invented.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful flower pics! I could use a massage and pedicure myself...

Titanium said...

Gorgeous orchids... wowza! Sure brightened this corner of the frozen world :)

Kate said...

Thanks, Gals -- I'm thrilled to read that my posies added a little happiness to your day. :D

gloria said...

Kate, once again I am amazed at the plants you can grow inside! I'm still thinking about that dwarf pomegrante. Your flowers are beautiful. You have a colorful thumb - Gloria

Kate said...

Thanks, Gloria - We made your chocolate cake again this weekend. It's so yummy! All the weight I gain I'll have to blame you. :D

Rosey Pollen said...

I had to laugh at this one... you are a clever lady. I think I am going to have to try this...and if anyone notices bits of potting soil all over the sink, I will act innocent.

Kate said...

Thanks, Rosey. Do what I do ~ blame all messes on the kids! :D

Di said...

Kate, all the plants look wonderful! and that first photo is a knockout. Diana

Kate said...

Thanks, Diana :)
I was telling my hiking buddy about your fab recipe today. We're both planning to bake up a batch of your muffins.

Sara Chapman in Seattle USA said...

I am deeply impressed, especially at all the flowering you have going on. I'm here at 700 feet, not 7000, and it's pretty temperate, very moist indoors, but nowhere near the bright light they crave. I think you can add some moisture easier than you can make sunlight. Good gardening!

Kate said...

Thanks, Sara; I guess that's true. :) We have no shortage of sunshine around these parts.

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

So creative! I love this! No wonder your plants do so well!

My orchids are getting the treatment today. I've done nothing with them since getting home from NYC. They do sit on moisture trays on the orchid table, which helps, but they're overdue for some TLC.

Kate said...

Thanks, Kylee;
Very sweet of you to say. I do love putzing with my plants. Having an indoor garden in a place where winter is the dominant season is a must. Without these flowers, I'd go off my rocker. :)