Why the Powerful Passion for Pot Plants?

Millennials are at the vanguard of today’s trend for indoor greenery. I find my inner twenty-something and join them…

You’re never alone with a pot plant. Picture courtesy of Pixabay.

We are surrounded by birds and animals and trees and fields and flowers and — yes — green. We miss it terribly when in Florence

Living two thirds of the year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world sounds — and indeed is — amazing. I married the Anglican vicar of Florence two years ago and we live “above the shop” in a fourth-floor apartment in an early sixteenth-century palazzo. We (mainly I) commute between this Renaissance gem and our country home, a somewhat bohemian farmhouse in an unknown valley in Tuscany called the Casentino. It is, to use a very common phrase here immersa nel verde, often badly translated as “immersed in the green”. You get the idea, I’m sure. We are surrounded by birds and animals and trees and fields and flowers and — yes — green. We miss it terribly when in Florence, which although it has a park and some green spaces here and there, is basically not a particularly nature-filled city.

My houseplant collection on a dark windowsill — one of the downsides of palazzo life! Photo: Fiona Lister

There is a huge disconnect between people and nature. No wonder they long for some greenery in their offices and homes.

I was fascinated by this. I remember when I was of Millennial age (roughly between 22 and 37) houseplants were something your parents had, often suspended in some kind of odd macramé holder in the bathroom window. Cheese plants and spider plants were particularly popular as I recall. Oh, and cacti. As a late-twenty/ early-thirty something, I could barely look after myself never mind a collection of houseplants, unless they happened to double up as hangover cures.

My Italian “Wilson” Photo: Fiona Cameron Lister

British Writer, Editor in Tuscany, Italy. Topics: Nature, Ancient History, Spirituality. https://www.twinclianpress.com twitter: @writerinitaly

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