I thought my @mapiful poster would be a fun way to try and express the idea of "discovery". Last week I discovered a great resource for Fiddle Leaf Figs (fiddleleaffigplant.com). I am totally NOT affiliated with the website or specially formulated FLF fertilizer that is being sold on it but highly recommend reading the incredibly informative blog posts about FLF care. I e-mailed the owner of the site, Claire, inquiring about the liquid formula and to see if she mails to Canada (she does!). Claire told me that she tested four FLF fertilizers using different vitamins and micronutrients for 6 months side by side after consulting with FLF botanists and fertilizer specialists in San Diego. Her N-P-K ratio is 3-1-2 and I am dying to try it and support a small business. Everyone asks me what I use, and admittedly, my FLFs react well to the very commercial (but synthetic) Schultz fertilizer 10-15-10. I really want to make a change in their diet and try something new. Have a great #FLFFriday and don't forget to use the hashtag to discover more Fiddle Leaf Fig information. 🎻🌿💚💦 #mapiful#mapifulbirthday#mapifulsecret
Some of you saw in my stories that I divided Molly last weekend (my Philodendron Pink Princess, aka Philodendron erubescens, aka Pretty in Pink 😉💖). She was quite big and as I started to repot her she separated easily in to four plants. Swipe to see all four (2) and the original plant (3). Before you ask since I know these can be hard to come by - yes, I will be giving 3 away but they are all spoken for semi-locally. I am not a seller but do occasionally swap or give away. Speaking from experience these would be a *huge* pain in the butt to mail. 🤷🏼♀️#philodendronfriday#philodendronerubescens#foliagefriday#plantshelfie
This is a story of love, kindness and courage. Of being able to look beyond oneself and see the needs of others. Of transforming grief and tragedy into immense strength with which to reach out and touch other lives. This is the story of WithAarya, an NGO that supports kids suffering from rare disorders.
When their son, Aarya, (swipe right) was one and a half, Shital and her husband took him to see a neurologist because he could not stand and walk normally. The doctor prescribed tests which no lab in Mumbai was equipped to do. Shital sent blood samples to the Netherlands and was told Aarya had Neiman Pick 'C' disease (NPC). NPC affects about 1 out of 10 million people and there were only 500 known cases in the world.
There was very little informaiton available in India and they eventually found a specialist in the US who guided them through phone and email. But Shital often wondered, that if they were having such a hard time, how did the poor, with limited means, manage. And so, while getting their son treated, they started WithAarya to share information with relatives of other kids suffering similarly.
They lost Aarya a few months before his 7th birthday and this only made Shital's resolve stronger.
They realised how expensive all the tests were, and started helping people get these tests done with the help of donations. Shital also noticed that often the patient's relatives went without food because they could not afford it. WithAarya started an initiative called 'don ghaas' which, in Marathi, literally means '2 bites'. Today they distribute 250 packets a day of good wholesome food to patient's relatives, at just Rs. 10 each.
It always amazes me, how a shattering experience, that could have made Shital bitter and dejected, brought so much strength and good in her instead.
Day before I reached 5k followers... which seems a totally insignificant achievement, compared to Shital's. So I am trying to give it some significance and make it worthwhile. I can't possibly match what Shital is doing, but I could at least try to help her cause. (Continued in comments)
Almost missed #trailingthingsthursday 😱. Also works for #springintoplants “big and small.” I have 2 string of hearts. The long one in the foreground that is tough to get in one pic due to its length (it’s close to touching the floor now - maybe time for a trim! ✂️), and the small one in the background that actually also has smaller hearts (different variety). #ceropegiawoodii#stringofhearts
Would you LOOk at this!!😻🌿💚 A light, bright space with a plethora of happy plants, which is par for the course for this lucky kitty, Charlie.😽 It took us a millisecond to choose @arbor___ as our winner for this week’s #planteriordesign ! 🎉 As a plant and kitty mama, I feel right at home here. Dear Charlie, Gracie and Zoey would like to come visit you in your lush urban jungle. Can we schedule a play date PLEASE?😂😻
Keep sharing your plant filled paradises with us!🌿💚🌱🌵YOU could be our feature next week!🤩 Just follow your plant happy hosts:
And ME!☺️ . 📸 @arbor__
The Elephants Ears #alocasia in our little courtyard are thriving.
I read that the Victorians adored them & I can see why, as we have a mini potted tropical jungle!
They are so hardy; they had burnt a little with too much sun but they are happy now they’re back in the shade with plenty of water #elephantears