Hello. I’m Stephanie. I’m 30 years old and I’m a little bit obsessed with plants.
Whether it’s owning them, taking pictures of them, framing them or standing in front of them for a photo, I think it’s safe to say that our generation has gone a bit plant-crazy. Even the recent increase in tufts of wisteria popping up near houses and venues around London speaks the power and influence that platforms such as Instagram can wield on us.
Admittedly, I never used to be green-fingered. In fact I used to actively avoid anything botanical due to my terrible hayfever and general lack of interest in plantlife. My Mother on the other hand is an absolute green-fingered fiend, and has a beautiful garden filled with the most exotic flowers and plants to prove it. Her love for growing things started around the age of 47, and now she’s completely obsessed. “But Steph!” she’d say, ” It’s fun watching something you’ve worked so hard for, grow and flourish. At least they aren’t messy or don’t talk back.” The shade of it all, but I still didn’t understand what the big deal was regarding plantlife. To me, I saw it as a hobby that old people did right before they take that old dirt nap.
But like your Mum’s beige corduroy flares from the 70s, trends from the days of old eventually catch up to us. The planet may slowly be dying due to us being absolutely SHIT at being human beings, but if it’s one thing millennials are good at, it’s keeping plants alive.
At first I saw it as purely an Instagram aesthetic thing – the place all good trends now stem from now (sorry print magazines!). As I’d scroll down my feed, I’d see an increase in influencers posing in front of Insta-cafes such as Elan Cafe, old-school bicycles parked in Mews adorned with Baby’s Breath bouquet or hotels with wisteria draped around the entrances. I’d see hipster cafes adorned with Millennial pink wallpaper and mini palm trees placed conspicuously around the space, in the hopes that an Insta-loving millennial will take a photo with it – which they nearly always ended up doing. I mean, there’s even a hashtag for it (#PlantsOfInstagram).
I saw myself ‘liking’ lifestyle photos that featured white + homeware green aesthetics. White walls with a palm tree houseplant? Like. Dressing table with a fern in the background? Like? Hell, as I write this, I’m wearing a PALM PRINT PJ SET FROM ASOS. I am plant crazy. I first bought an aloe vera as I thought this would be the most inconspicuous, yet durable plant to get. After all, I have asthma and this would be cleaning the air! I wouldn’t be participating in the fuckery. I’d be improving my health!
Well different eight plants later and I’ve been completely sucked into the rabbit hole. I’ve had ferns, ZZ plants and money trees, and the list is ever growing. I won’t lie. I’m a bit lazy when it comes to shopping, so I’ve always loved the idea of having plants delivered to me in the comfort of my own home as opposed to having a wonder down the garden centre. My sinuses are extremely sensitive so the prospect of being around hundreds of different plants and flowers at once makes my chest feel extremely tight. We’re currently seeing a small crop of companies who offer home delivery house plant services, and today I want to talk about Beards & Daisies, who ever so kindly gifted me two houseplants and a weaved planter.
Beards & Daisies is a company started by owner Jo, who left her corporate position in 2015 to retrain as a florist and start her online business. The aim of Beards & Daisies is to make flowers and plants more accessible to the public, and working with the seasons, they select beautiful flowers and plants, paying special attention to the less common variety that you don’t just see anywhere. I absolutely love the ethos of the brand and the wide variety of plants (AND SIZES) you can pick from. I’m also a fan of the diversity in plant life that they offer and unlike other plant delivery services, they deliver plants nationwide using a tracked courier service. No longer do you need to just be London-based or within the M25!
The plants arrive boxed up and padded so you don’t get any soil leakages anywhere, and arrived within two days of the products being shipped. I ordered the Sago Palm plant in a large (£35) and a Watermelon Peperomia in a small (£12.99).
The Sago Palm plant (which I am christening Aoife) is actually native to Japan and is widely known as an ornamental plant. The plant leaves also emit type of edible starch that can be extracted and is often used for cooking in Japan. We LOVE a multifunctional bit of flora! I’m absolutely in love with this plant, and it arrived in such a perfect condition – I cannot wait to dowse it with my love an attention (but not water, because that’s how I killed my last Aloe Vera *RIP Bobby*. (nb. The mere fact that I am naming my plants holds true to this whole ‘millennials see plants as their children’ theory huh?)
The Watermelon Peperomia (which I am christening Sam – it just LOOKS like a Sam doesn’t it?). Sam is a cute little NUGGET of a plant that is native to South America and is a part of the Piperaceae family, which boasts over a thousand varieties of plant. A FAMILY. The reason it’s called a watermelon plant is because of the leaf pattern, which resembles one!
I’m so excited to add them to the little shrine I’ve made in my room, where they can meet their other brothers and sisters, Kitt, Annalise Keating and Felicity.
Definitely check out Beards & Daisies if you’re looking to spruce up your living area with some awesome and sometimes-rate botanicals. They provide amazing customer service, have great communication, and also sell really cool planters, accessories and woven baskets in different sizes, like the rose-tinted basket above that Aoife is so kindly modelling for us.
There’s just something about looking after a plant and seeing it grow and thrive that gets me, which isn’t surprising as there have been many reports about Millennials delaying parenthood in order to concentrate on our careers and other life experiences. A survey by The New York Times revealed that raising kids is more expensive than it’s ever been before – finances are the main reason why people aren’t having kids or are having fewer kids than the number they consider ideal, Plants, although costly, are still cheaper than kids TBH.
It’s almost like plants have become our new pets. It fulfills our desire to interact with nature, as well as the wellness movement and I’m all for it to be honest. Plants have, and always will be crucial to our survival as human beings, and having a little bit of nature in your home can never be a bad thing, really.