So, I guess I became a plant Mum

  • Claire OBeirne
  • Apr 10, 2020

When I was little, my Pop had this HUMONGOUS veggie garden at his house.  He would always plant very similar things each season, yet I always loved it. It meant that I could eventually go and pick said vegetables at a later point in time.  The veggies always looked amazing, and it was always immaculately cluttered but also chaotically structured working order. (It sounds likes my bedroom.  Maybe that's where I got my messy but creative streak from. Who knows? Anywho.)

Sadly,  I never inherited my Pop's green thumb.  Over the years, I've been gifted many succulents, and each one of them have died.  There's a running theory that I either:

A) Over watered them
B) Didn't keep them in the sun
C) Under watered them, or;
D) Completely forgot about them  (the more likely option)


This isn't to say that I didn't want to keep them alive - I was just young and naive, and the whole idea of keeping a plant alive wasn't really cool back in the old days.  Or, not to me at least.


Fast forward to my adult years:

Over the past few months,  my interest for plants has started to rise again.   A lot of the girls I used to work with grew plants, and my social channels, when they were being flooded with babies and engagements - there were plants.  I figured, well, I'm not getting engaged any time soon, and a baby is off the cards kind of indefinitely,  what about plants?  So I started on my journey for fake ones.

Kmart was a godsend for random-ass plants that looked pretty, and required el zilcho requirements on my part.  My favourite is one with a watermelon base (which was only like, $2 because the legs are cracked but that's a minor detail.)

This still didn't really feel like it was enough though. Y'know?  I loved seeing them, but I'm a hoarder.  The thing about being a hoarder is that all the inanimate objects that you collect,  you love them equally, knowing that they'll always be there for you no matter what.  Even if all your objects are taking up every inch of space in your available area.  (insert awkward smile here.)

The issue is though, unless you're super crafty, or at least semi-motivated, these don't actually change.  You can stare at your beautiful fake watermelon pot as much as you like - and it'll just sit there. Doing nothing. Year in, year out.

If we can remember one of the key points of my blog just for a key minute - I'm a midlife, mid-life crisis blogger.  AKA - I had a melt down at where my habits were getting me.


How absolutely banging is Sierra's bedroom and downstairs area, right?  I spent hours downloading mods one night, before deciding that I was going to take on an amazing house reno.  Apparently my inner child wanted to make it super amazing and bright -


I'm pretty confident by now we've all seen the movie Inception  and the idea of plants has just stuck in my head.  For months now.  So, I decided to do a real life Sims episode and renovate my deck, and the inside of my house and became a plant mum for the like, fourth time in my life.

Now I'm not an individual to test the water and see how we go - oh no.  Not me.
I went a little crazy:


These are just the ones that are outside.  There's another three cuties inside, plus a few other bright coloured ones that went to my front garden.  I'm pretty excited.  I worked my butt off making everything look pretty (and also avoided the builders next door which was a pretty large feat, if you don't mind me saying.)

I spotted a monstera today online which I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO ADD INTO THE COLLECTION but, I with withhold until I know I can successfully not kill at least all of these ones.  I shall keep you updated over the next few months.


Are you are a crazy plant person?  Do you have a favourite?
Let me know in the comments below!



  1. Carla

    April 25, 2020

    I am currently growing carrots! I recently discovered that carrots have a pretty long germination period. One day I was about to toss a whole batch into the trash when a little seedling caught my eye. Flash forward a few days and I now have 3 budding seedlings eager to grow. Your post about plants reminded me about how much I’ve grown to care for these little carrots. I’m not even sure if I’ll be able to eat them when the day comes.. for now, I shall nurture the heck out of them
    -a fellow plant mama

  2. Maddie

    April 15, 2020

    Ahh what a lovely post! I absolutely love plants so it’s great to see you loving them too. My favourite is my new monstera plant, or spider plants!! Thanks for sharing this post ?

    • shortgirlwalking

      April 15, 2020

      I would absolutely LOVE to get a monstera, but I’ve been blacklisted by my Mother from buying any more for the foreseeable future haha Thank you for dropping by!

  3. Tea Spangsberg

    April 15, 2020

    I’m not exactly the best plant mom and only a few plant species stay alive in my home. But this looks so cute and I totally wanna go plant shopping again. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Teresa

    April 15, 2020

    Ahaha, I LOVE this idea! I should mimic this because I’m also very gifted when it comes to killing all green things in my apartment. I’d really love to add a proper house plant into my home but in addition to taking a risk on its life, I’m looking to move out of the country, and the plant defo wouldn’t survive that. So, SIMS could be just the thing!

    Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog

  5. Sophie Lou

    April 15, 2020

    This is such a cute post! I love the idea of having lots of plants inside and outside my house! Hopefully you can look after them this time!! – Sophie Lou x

  6. Lotty

    April 15, 2020

    Love this post!

    Weve just started this year with edibles, cant wait to see them grow.

    Great post 🙂

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    April 10, 2020

    Thank you for consisting of the lovely pictures– so open to a sense of contemplation.

    • shortgirlwalking

      April 15, 2020

      Thank you very much! I hope you’re having a lovely day x

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