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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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For years, I identified myself as having a “brown thumb.” (I did kill a succulent once, however, and that isn’t easy.) With our “New Perspective” in full effect here at the BSP this January, I decided to stop putting the energy out there that I can’t live with live greenery in my home. I have started collecting plants here and there and telling myself with confidence that I will keep them alive. It is (mostly) working. But the point is, I am starting to actually SEE myself as a woman who lives harmoniously with plants. A big part of this was that my absolute love for terrariums overrode my fear of being a plant killer. Once I got my first, I was hooked.

Moss + Twig is a personal favorite, friends. Lisa Yen grew up around plants and her love for greenery followed her to New York City. Without the space to cultivate a garden, Yen began creating a tiny “rainforest” in her apartment and these gorgeous terrariums were born. Utilizing wood, cork, and glass, Moss + Twig is chock full of the kind of adornment your space needs. There is something absolutely electric about curating an ecosystem and caring for it in the comfort of your home or office. And the easy maintenance makes this the perfect gift for your green challenged friends. (Hint, hint.)

Moss + Twig is giving away one Moss + Twig Terrarium Kit to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, January 29th. *Contest open to US residents only!* Contest now closed…good luck!
Please visit Moss + Twig and tell us: What is your relationship with plants and how has it changed (or not) from when you were growing up?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, February 3rd, to see if you’ve won!
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    Kate B says:

    When my sisters and I were younger, my parents gave each a section of the planting beds that were ours to do with as we liked. Mine was a wild little patch down near our pond, ringed in stones (unlike the more formal areas that lined the walls of the house and patio). Since it was overhung with trees, I got to pick out shade-friendly plants from the nursery, and when we got a tiny pine tree for Arbor Day in 4th grade, I proudly planted it in my little patch of earth. (Sadly, it did not survive for more than a few years, though my little sister’s from 5 years later is still going strong.)

    Fast forward to today, where my husband and I have a flourishing vegetable garden in the summertime. He does most of the work on it, but I help out with the tilling and planting and harvesting. It is so lovely to walk out our back door and gather a bowlful of lettuce for a fresh salad, kale for a smoothie, mint for a mojito, or basil for just about anything (because basil is delicious). I’m also supremely excited for spring this year to see if the daffodil bulbs I was gifted from my aunt last year will thrive.

    I’m less successful when it comes to indoor plants. If nature is remembering to water things for me, I have a fighting chance, but I’m so absent-minded about our indoor plants, that things often languish before I remember to rescue them. Sorry, indoor plants! (Though that terrarium only needs watering once a month or so? I could probably set a calendar alert and make that happen.)

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    Heidi says:

    My sisters and I each had a garden plot in our backyard growing up. it was wonderful, except when my mom woke us up early on Saturday morning to weed. As a young married adult living in apartments I cultivated African violets by the windows. Now that I have a small yard I have potted plants and herbs!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i have a love/hate relationship with plants. i love to eat them, but i hate to grow them! i have always been this way, but i married a green thumb (he’s an arborist) so he grows the stuff and i cook with it. 🙂

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    Deborah f says:

    I’m always happiest out in the garden. My nails show it too which is embarrassing but that is where I go to create, de stress and revel in our beautiful world

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    Pumpernickel says:

    When I was young my mom had spider plants and umbrella trees in our living room. I very distinctly remember the smell and taste (!) of umbrella tree leaves. Now I have a black thumb because I live in an apartment that gets almost no sunlight. I just KNOW that if I could get my hands in some real earth, like my own garden, I would do really well.

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    cindy says:

    I am an admirer of plants. I love the way they bring the outside indoors and give you the feeling of freedom and serenity and happy. I just wish I did a better job of keeping them alive! I have relegated myself to buying fresh flowers instead of fighting reality, but a terrarium is a great idea! That sounds very doable while still getting all of the pleasure of nature!

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    Nikki says:

    As a child and a teenager I couldn’t stand to weed the kitchen garden or the yard–now I love working in the dirt, pruning, watering, and weeding too!  I believe in having something growing in every room of the house and I even have small fern on the soap dish ledge in the shower, where it is very happy!  Plants add soul to the house and life to the yard, something that I never understood younger.  Now I am grateful to have good soil and nice weather to grow fruits and vegetables all year.  I ask my family for roses or fruit trees on anniversaries  Mother’s Day, and I love how they are healthy, vibrant reminders of love and life!

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    Jasanna says:

    I love plants! I’m constantly rescuing them from Lowes on the clearance rack, and I’ve loved learning how to grow new plants as I grow older.

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    Susie says:

    Honestly, my relationship with plants (especially vegetables) has evolved from pure bliss to taking them for granted to now being in awe and having much respect for them. I grew up with my dad’s garden, he’s got an amazing touch with anything he grows. Happiness was being asked to grab a bowl and pick the tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, or the vegetable of choice for that night’s dinner. I was surrounded by all this greatness, loved it for it was, but when I grew up, I wanted to have a FLOWER garden. I had the annual potted tomato plant, but that was it. Finally… I gave vegetables a try. How hard could it be to get instant organic veggies in your backyard, right? Boy was I in for a (wonderful) surprise. It is a lot of work! And even the soil needs TLC. We can’t just take from the soil and the plants, we have to give and be responsible with them as well. I have come to appreciate the fragile yet extremely important relationship between plants and all life forms. It makes those tomatoes and cucumbers taste all the sweeter.

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    Samantha S says:

    My mom is a bit of a horticultural Darwinist: every plant that enters our house struggles against nature, and only the fittest survive. Oddly, however, her plants outside thrive– the garden has become a mass of flowers, with mums reproducing at unnatural rates, snapdragons springing up in between the patio stones, and even the roses blooming well into the fall. Naturally, I love flowers, but growing up always wanted a vegetable garden–something about growing my own food appeals to my sense of completeness. I love to cook, and so growing my own food makes sense. However, I just moved into my first apartment, and although I have a lovely farmers’ market down the road, the building rules don’t even allow us to put plants in our windowsills. Still, I dream of rescuing a cilantro plant from the half-off bin at the market and putting it on a table just beyond my windowsill, and watching it come back to life.

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    rachel says:

    Now that I can garden, it’s so much for fun. I’ve always enjoyed plants but now I have a home to place them in.

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    Solducky says:

    I have always had what I called a grey thumb – meaning plants would slowly, slowly die under my care. I once killed a bamboo plant. 

    The last few years I have improved. I still kill a lot, but I have a garden full of heirloom tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, and peas. I still kill all the zucchini every year though, and my houseplants always looks a bit sickly. I’m getting there though! I love green things and want them to love me too. 🙂

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    Joren Robles says:

    Cats have drastically changed my love affair with plants…Terrariums are the only way to go with 5 felines. Thankfully we can all coexist peacefully and purrfectly now;)

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    I love plants and always have. I’d love to have more succulents and moss in my home.

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    Elizabeth says:

    I’m not sure my relationship could BE any different, although I find it a bit ironic.  I grew up in Montana. I should know everything about plants, right?!  No.  No such luck.  My parents grew nothing and we were lucky if the lawn was mown and if the dandelions didn’t take over anything.  We once paid an out of work friend to trim the hedges and it went so poorly that we never trimmed them again.  (My brother and I secretly called her the weed-wacker lady.)  Now I live in Oregon.  So, all the more reason that I SHOULD be planty.  And I’m trying!!!!  I have succulents galore, I try to garden.  (I mainly volunteer for a garden here that is huge and whose food goes to those in need.)  I – sadly – tried to make my own terrarium.  And failed.  So I’m still learning.  (I think, mainly, I didn’t have the right materials and I tried to wing it.)  So: in sum.  I’ve come from totally obliviously to totally hopeful, a bit like a puppy dog with great intentions and plenty to always be learning.

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    brenda says:

    I have always loved plants and had them in my bedroom as a teenager. Right now, I have an obsession with succulents and have dozens upon dozens in both tiny pots and giant planters all around my house.

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    Sparrow says:

    As a kid, I would sneak outside to weed the flowerbeds because I loved the feeling of really grabbing the nasty weeds by the base and taking them out by the root. I loved watering and cultivating my little flowers. I still love to weed and to plant green things. Just this last year, my husband and I bought our first house. Out of the concrete jungle into a half acre. Oh the bliss. I started planning my garden immediately. Fresh herbs. Heirloom tomatoes. Peppers. Artisan lettuces. And then we arrived at our new home. And I planted like a mad woman, hungry for the bounty. And it turns out that in our little corner of the world (we moved to a new place with the Air Force), the summer kills everything. The water runs out so terribly that they put severe water restrictions on the whole city. No pools. No watering the yard. No water. Everything turns dirt brown and yellow. Dies. Blows away with the tumbleweeds. Needless to say, everything I planted died. Absolutely everything. Shriveled and blew away as dust. I’ve been devastated. Living in a yellow dusty wasteland. I yearn for green so badly I think I see green in my dreams. I feel for you living out in NYC. It’s hard to be away from the life and the vibrancy of green.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    We didn’t have many houseplants growing up and now I really enjoy having them around the house. It liven’s up my place.

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    natalie says:

    My husband and I love filling out home with plants. We like the freshness they add t our decor. Growing up, I had no real relationship with plants, because my mom only used fake plants, and never gardened. 

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    Charlotte D. says:

    Love plants.  But living in the city makes it hard to have a yard.  I do have potted plants all my life.  Love having them around my house.  I have them on my dining room in one corner and on my stairs on each landing.  So I see them all the time.  It just make me happy!

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    Heather N. says:

    Growing up, my brother and I used giant pepper trees as our hide-outs, hibiscus flowers and sour grass as our “food,” and picked wildflowers to give to our mom for mother’s day. Now as an adult, being outside among plants is where I feel most at home and the most alive. 

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    Joann says:

    When I was little, probably around the age of 5, we lived in a house that had a very large backyard. My mother loved to garden and her roses and fruit trees were always well cared for and delicately trimmed for the seasons. It was my playground and I always recall how magical that garden was to me. My family’s first dog had puppies there, I would always hunt for butterflies and caterpillars, and best of all there were always things to look at and wonder about. That garden is what I hope to have again one day. Not the same exact one of course, but personalized to my tastes. For now I live in a small home with a  more urban garden that is raised on a concrete ground. Both types of gardens are quite pleasing and I like the urban and eco friendliness of this new garden. I hope that I can combine both types in my own some day. The liveliness of the old, and the quaintness of the new. 

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    Amy Z. says:

    I’ve always loved plants, ever since taking home a spider plant back when I was in elementary school! Lately living in the city, I’ve found myself really missing having more greenery around so I love having plants to keep inside. 

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    Nicole H says:

    My mom gave each of us a girls a patch of garden of our own.  She’d take us to buy seeds and then we were required to tend after them.  I loved hollyhocks the most-always so mysterious–more fantasy than reality.  I hated the daily work of weeding and watering… but forgot each moment of drudgery when those seeds began to bloom.  Those fond memories are ones I hope to repeat for my own girls.

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    Jenni says:

    My parents always let us help out in the flower beds and in the garden. We would get to pick our our favorite seed packets every year, help plant them and then watch them grow! It was one of my favorite activities as a kid in the spring and I remember going outside every day to see if they had bloomed.

    I adore plants and I wish to have a beautiful garden one day. Currently I live in an apartment that is free of ledges and I am therefore unable to give plants the light that they need to thrive. I’m hoping in our next home to have a picture window where plants can live!