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!

Surprise Paris Trip: Part 1

The first set of photos from our little trip to Paris last week!

I’ve wanted to stay in The Hoxton in Paris ever since they announced they were renovating an 18th century building there. Of course, it was beautiful. And the fooooood!! 

We had been to Paris once before around 5 years ago, and did all of the classic touristy things then. So this time, we whiled away our time just wandering the streets and eating lots. Just what my little heart needed.    

The First Week

Our first week living in Hastings;

Surrounded by boxes, eating vegan donuts, relaxing on the beach & working in the office.

This week all that busyness has caught up with me, and I'm now sitting at home nursing a horrible cold, but through the flurry of balsam tissues, I'm still thrilled to be here.

A Warm Weekend Through My Phone

The weekend was warm, busy and a little intensewe found a place to live in Hastings - the first place we saw! It has beautiful bay windows and original fireplaces, I'm now dreaming of decorating it with all of our things and cycling to work on the seafront. Zissou is going to love the views of the park with all of the moorhens Four weeks to go!

Fluffy peonies in my grandparents garden My Sunday outfit and my dad & stepmum soaking up the sun