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Coleus Roots and Crazypants Time

April 2, 2013

ivy and coleus


A friend just brought me these ivy cuttings tonight (in the white pitcher).  I can’t identify the variety, but it has strange curly leaves, like it went out and got a perm.

When I put the ivy in water to root, I finally checked on the coleus cuttings I took ten days ago.  I discovered they already have a zillion little centimetre-long roots:


coleus roots


Technically, that makes these ready to pot in soil, but I’d like to grow the roots a little sturdier first.

When a mutual friend of ours recently packed up her house for a move, she purged at least as much as she took.  In the give-away pile was this lamp:




“Anybody have dibs on the lamp?” my ivy-bearing friend asked last week, her eyes narrowing as she contemplated it.

I had been looking at the base of the lamp and wondering how I might paint it.  I said, “Well, I was thinking of doing something creative with it, but if want it, you should take it.”

“No, no, I don’t have any room for it.  I was just thinking about doing something creative with it, too…”

“Well, I don’t have room for it.  I don’t need it,” I added.  Besides, I didn’t have a clue what I would do with the shade.  Spray paint it jade green maybe?  Nah.  No idea what I would do.

“I don’t need it, either,” my friend said.

We both looked at it for awhile, thinking, imagining. Neither of us wanting to take the lamp for what might turn out to be total destruction in the end.  Especially if the other person was just being polite or something.

“What were you thinking of doing?” I finally asked.

“I don’t know, but I can’t stop looking at that shade.”

It became obvious that a joint project was in order.

Basically, it’s this: tonight when she brought me the ivy, I kept the base, and she took the shade.  We decided on a colour scheme of sunflowers and cobalt blue.  That’s all we are going to tell each other.  We are going to work on our own halves, bring the lamp back together, and post the final result here!


This is my favourite plant corner in the Treehouse:


plant corner


I dug up everything that was in the urn last spring, except the Schefflera, and re-planted with a better light and water plan in mind for the cohabitating plants.  In addition to the Shefflera, there is a rapidly growing China Doll, and some Calathea and Devil’s Ivy I grew from cuttings.  It’s all come in quite well since then!  (Though the dear old Schefflera is now the dwarf in the planter.)

Incidentally, that isn’t my watering can, but the one my feline overlords use for a water dish.  What is it about cats that they will drink out of anything BUT a water dish?  The watering can is heavy to change, but I gave in because it fits my garden theme, and it keeps them out of people’s water glasses.  Even the Ponytail Palm is conspiring to turn the corner into a grotto for cats.


The plant grouping has always held strange secrets inside the jungle, if you look.  Recently, I changed things up with this glass head:


glass head


Haven’t you always wanted a glass head?  I got mine at Pier 1 about 10 years ago.

I filled it with LED mini-lights instead of incandescent mini-lights, as incandescents burn hot inside the glass. Then I wrapped a scarf around her and gave her a pair of sunglasses that was in my friend’s give-away pile.

I’m not too happy with the colour of the “white” LED lights – they are very blue.  I miss the warm yellow light of the others.  I may try it with a string of coloured LEDs.


It’s been awhile since I worked on a joint project with another visual artist!  Possibly the last one was the mural my mom and I did.  Our deadline for the lamp is the middle of April, so be sure to watch here for what we come up with.

This could be crazypants time!


Dodie Goldney

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related posts by Dodie Goldney:

Planned Parenthood for Plants

Kali the Destroyer:  Cereal Killer Version

Animal Creative Consultants

The Mural That Ate My Dining Room

Looking at the Overlooked


2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2013 3:44 am

    What happened to the lamp? Or is it me and I missed the follow-up?

    I just found your blog (apartment therapy I think) and read most of it this morning. Fantastic! I dig your prose and photography skills, and I love your art! Any chance of buying a print of the ficus watercolor, btw?

    Thank you for sharing so many brilliant things.
    I was procrastinating, dreading my chores, and stumbled over this blog. It – resonated. My brain started ticking, playing tetris with mental blocks, slotting some of them neatly into place. And not the usual “it fits, that has to do for now” place, but beautifully creative places that suddenly made sense.

    I couldn’t do that for a long time. And the coleus started it.

    My chores are done (with music), and I have a starting point for after work. A perfect starting point your blog gave me. And when I have started, I might treat myself to to the Van Gogh episode of the Doctor, and make plans for that lamp I have. You might have changed my life. Thank you.


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