Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Save Your Houseplant!

Welcome. Winters are hard on the Hoya Carnosa hanging in my bathroom window. Sometime in October, the heat of the radiator intensifies, the sun becomes stingy and the wax vines of the plant begin to shrink and fall. By April, the plant is edgy and dry, the leaves are shiny and slightly dusty. I remove the dead foliage and start again, celebrating the plant back to health. By July it is usually a living thing again.

This week in Margaret Roach’s In the Garden column, many of us are asking about hanging or crispy specimens hanging at the window and answering the question: “Can this houseplant be saved?” Roach consulted with Darryl Cheng @houseplantjournal, An Instagram account that distributes Plant knowledge Such as “Accept that your plants are always growing and changing” and “Don’t fall into the trap of believing that you have complete control in maintaining perfection” to over 600,000 followers. Some leaves can be saved. For others, it is farewell – as Cheng described, “a retirement party where to send the message: thanks for photosynthesis!”

We are all trying to figure out how to bloom again. Glynnis MacNicol reconsidered Nora Efron’s essay collection “I Feel Bad About My Neck”, published 15 years ago, and 14 months after examining her own neck on a video call, feeling great about her Has been doing. “One of the skills I have acquired since the age of 40,” she writes, “is the ability to recognize that there will always be a difference between seeing and appreciating a picture of me. This difference, I realized. Is, the time when it takes time for me to overcome all the ways I have been taught to value myself in the world. The older I get, the more I understand that delay as evidence of a kind of theft. . “

As Tala Schlossberg told us in his latest video for Opinion, the weight loss industry is counting on people’s subsequent dissatisfaction with their bodies for appetite-suppressive and fad diets. Jennifer Weiner wrote a guest essay on the subject a few weeks ago, concluding (about the epidemic) that “each of us should cherish the body that we got through it, rather than last year.” To be punished for failing to fit into skinny jeans. “

It has been a long time. Our bodies and minds, the leaves and flowers of our own organisms, need care and tenderness. Take a thank you photo. Hug someone you haven’t been able to for some time. Make a dentist appointment. (If you haven’t been to 2019 or earlier, I can’t recommend it enough.) Plan your June reading. (I pre-ordered Zakia Dalila Harris’s “The Other Black Girl” as follows: “If Jordan Peel’s ‘Get Out’ was a workplace novel.”) Plan a vacation. (Or just see how a travel writer spent the epidemic living in a modified SUV.)

Lyle Koivisto in Saginaw, Minn. Recommends a reunion with old friends.

I am a 76-year-old widower. A friend’s widow and I had been visiting Google daily for months during the epidemic. We both met after not seeing each other for seven years after getting the vaccine. There were fireworks! Joy Times 100!

How are you getting ready for summer? What, if anything, are you doing to prepare for the season – physically, psychologically, emotionally? Tell us: athome@nytimes.com. We are at home. We will read every letter sent. As always, more ideas for living a full, cultured life at home and outside appear below. See you on friday

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