Megan Amey
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Vignette Journal

A lifestyle blog and photo journal by Megan Amey

Posts in Lifestyle
The First Little While in Our New Home

The first month or so of our new place!

Lots of fresh roses from the garden

My birthday

A regular cat visitor

Working from home

Dog friends

And Zissou, of course!

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A New Place

We’re moving back to Suffolk next week (aaaahhh, still so much to pack)!

Last weekend we went to visit our new house, in our new sleepy riverside town, to see how the renovations have been coming along. I’ve not even moved in and I’m in love with it - hope I’m not jinxing it by saying that. All of the renovations that had to take place before we moved in have been done to such a high standard, it made me forget it’s a rental!

I can’t wait to get in there and start taking photos, and making things in my shed studio in the garden (!!! dream come true alert)

speaking of dreams come true, there are ROSEBUSHES:

Favourite Outfits: January

Cold weather means jeans, jeans and more jeans - even under dresses!

Some Outfit details:

  • Black scarf - hand knitted by your truly!

  • Grey jeans - Levis 501 skinnies

  • Wide leg jeans - Uniqlo

  • Necklace - Wolf & Moon

  • Cream jumper - Uniqlo a couple of years ago

  • Sandqvist bag - second hand Ebay find!

  • Pearl necklace - Helen Burgess Jewellery on Etsy

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!