Megan Amey
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Vignette Journal

A lifestyle blog and photo journal by Megan Amey

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How to Train Your Monstera: A Guide

Mildred has been part of the family (yes, she has a name) for a couple of years now. I’ve repotted her before (and propagated a few of her leaves), but this time she’s so huge I thought I’d treat her to a new pot AND something to climb up, to avoid the amount of horizontal room she’s currently taking up becoming overwhelming.

I thought I’d bring you along and show you how I repot a monstera:

Step 1: Gather all of your supplies together. You’ll need:

  1. A pot with drainage holes in the bottom, no more than 5cm larger than the pot your monstera is currently living in (you don’t want to put it in something much bigger because it will cause it to grow too quickly). I just drilled holes in the bottom of a zinc one I had already.

  2. Houseplant soil

  3. A larger decorative pot without drainage holes for the plastic pot to sit in

  4. A moss or coconut fibre covered poll for the monstera to climb up

  5. An old sheet or something to cover the floor with if you don’t have a garden, like me

  6. Cute watering can / cheeky cat are optional

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Step 2: Get your hands dirty. Pour some soil in to the drainage pot, I filled it about a third of the way up, and pack it down slightly, then put that in the decorative pot.

Step 3: Be gentle! Gently coax the monstera from it’s current pot. Organise and loosen the roots a little, leave space for the poll if you can and place in the drainage pot, pouring more soil in and packing it down as you go. For some reason I always imagine the mandrake root scene from Harry Potter when I’m doing this (facepalm).

Step 4: Stick in the steak. This bit is a little scary, I thought I was going to damage the roots, so I made a little hole with my fingers and moved them out of the way. If you do feel like you’ve damaged them a little, it should be ok, monsteras are very hardy - mine has been through a lot and it’s still going strong!

Step 5: The Pretty Part. Start to introduce some of the leaves and the aerial roots to the poll, wrap them around it and make it look cute! Pretty soon the roots and leaves will want to climb it, and mimic its natural habitat.

Step 6: Water it, DUH!

Step 7: Stand back and admire your work, you're done! You may have dirty hands and possibly cricked your neck while manoeuvring your body around its crazy stems and aerial roots, but you’ve definitely earned a cup of something hot, and your monstera looks beautiful.

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I’m planning on propagating a couple more leaves soon - if you’d be interested in a blog post about that process - let me know in the comments!

My Bedside Table

Right now, in this dark grey weather, bed is my happy place. I mean, it kind of usually is, but especially this month. Probably not the healthiest of statements, but we bought a new bed & beside tables recently and I've just wanted to spend all of my time in there!I always think bedside tables are so personal, and give you a tiny insight of the owners personality. Take mine for example - constantly littered with books, notebooks, hand cream, lip balm & jewellery. Whereas Harrys is an oasis of calm - simply a glass of water on a coaster. I don't know how he does it, but he's definitely this minimal in general life, too. Is anyone else's bedside table as cluttered as their mind?

Little Pieces of My Home

I'm not ready to share my entire home with you. YET. But I will! We're still painting the living room, the "hallway" (I say this in inverted commas because it's like a box with three doorways in it) needs painting and we need some major storage in our bedroom. Once we have all of the finishing touches done I'm planning on maybe doing a video tour to accompany some photos on this little blog. For now, here are a couple of cute corners in our apartment:

Little Lick of Life: May

Here's what I've been up to this month! I shot our first full renovation project as Stark & Goodwin. You can check out all the photos from this project here.

Went for lots of little walks & saw these beautiful rock roses, as well as loads of other pretty petally goodness.

Visited friends & went wandering in Lavenham

Lot's of Zissou cuddles, as usual!

Harry's mum harvested her first few radishes! So yummy!