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Posted on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 : 9:10 a.m.

Garden Faerie: Try something new in your garden and in your life in 2011

By Monica Milla

On a high from not yet killing my orchid, I ordered a miniature bonsai Canadian sugar maple! It's not even a tree; it's a seed starting kit. Apparently I now embrace ridiculous high-maintenance indoor gardening. So I officially declare 2011 the Year of Wackiness!

I've never been much into houseplants, even though I've grown them from the time I was 14. It's just that I spill soil and water and don't have a lot of room indoors. And I really believe in plants well-adapted to a region, and, generally, that means being able to survive outside over winter.

There are exceptions, like my Norfolk Island pine, which is my Christmas tree. And my super cute 'Illustris' elephant ears from Old House Gardens. And my tomatoes which I had to plant indoors because the seeds started sprouting when I left them in water too long, and it was plant 'em or lose 'em.

This year, I planted my first roses, and I'm growing my first orchid. On new year's day, I will sow my bonsai maple. It feels a little weird and, frankly, a little unnerving to be treading on this new high-maintenance plant ground.

The point is, it's never too late to try something new or to change your perception of yourself. Or, for that matter, to reinforce your perception of yourself. And I've decided next year will be all about that.

In 2011, I resolve to keep trying new things, living honestly with an open heart and being unafraid to be who I am. I'm calling it "wackiness," but you can think of it any way you want.

Just get out there and try something new, in gardening and in life. Who's with me?

Monica Milla, the Garden Faerie, is a master gardener volunteer, garden speaker, garden coach and author of "Fun with Winter Seed Sowing."



Mon, Feb 7, 2011 : 2:49 a.m.

Hmmm. . . looks like I missed this post. Glad I came back and read it Monica! (or should i call you Monz?) I was recently reminded how great it is for our health having houseplants, because they do such an efficient job cleaning the air. Like you I've never been big on house plants, but have always had them. After reading more about how well they clean up indoor air pollution, I'm much more enthusiastic about them recently. Succulents are my new indoor gardening passion. They're such cool plants, and so easy to take care of since they need so little water. Have fun with that maple.


Tue, Jan 4, 2011 : 11:02 p.m.

Good luck with the wackiness, Monz. Yes, your new name is Monz, I feel like Monz would have no problem with being wacky.


Tue, Jan 4, 2011 : 10:36 p.m.

Good luck with the Bonsai! There's nothing wacky about being an amazing person like you are.


Thu, Dec 30, 2010 : 3:12 p.m.

Love your post, Monica! Good luck with your bonsai maple! Happy New Year!


Wed, Dec 29, 2010 : 1:38 p.m.

Fairy gardens are whimsical and lots of fun. Heavenly Scent Herb Farm in Fenton is well worth the visit all year round (but especially in spring/summer)!


Wed, Dec 29, 2010 : 12:32 p.m.

Sow cool.