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Houseplants as eye-candy? See for yourself.

by Timber Press on August 15, 2012

in Craft, Design, Gardening

While fawning over Tovah Martin and her new book, as well as attempting to get our readers hooked on indoor gardening, we may have failed to mention how inspirational the photography is in The Unexpected Houseplant. Allow us to correct that.
Massachusetts photographer Kindra Clineff has worked for such diverse clients as AT&T, National Geographic Traveler, and Kent State. “I love chasing light,” she writes, “I continue to explore and record New England’s beautiful scenery, ever amazed that there is so much to see in this corner of the country.”

Through photography, Kindra’s mission is to capture “scenes that portray the spirit of the environment she’s photographing.” We think she’s done an amazing job of capturing the spirit of Tovah Martin’s home and her passion for plants. Read on and you can decide for yourself.

“The guest bedroom is where all the wanderers (of the green kind) stay,” writes Tovah. “Vining Ficus pumila, Jasminum polyanthum, Camelia sasanqua ‘Fragrant Pink’, and an ivy of questionable pedigree all camp out.” Not bad for a bunch of wanderers.

Don’t be afraid to buck tradition. While evergreens are a holiday favorite, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy them all autumn and winter, such as Chamaecy-paris obtuse ‘Blue Feathers’. An old foot from a bear-claw tub nailed to a door makes a for a happy (and dramatic) home to this Ornithogalum longibracteatum.

Finding the perfect spot in your home for a favorite plant is the fun part. Bellis perennis “Rominette Pink’ grown indoors will last longer than they will outside and Zanteseschia ‘Mango’ strikes a distinguished pose on this office cupboard, too tall for the cat to climb.

Speaking of cats. Pets and children do not have to end your relationship with your beloved houseplants. With some education and planning you can make a home for all of them.

All photographs: ©Kindra Clineff

You can see more of Kindra Clineff’s New England photography here and here.

For more information about animal toxicity, visit the ASPCA website.

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