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Featured Gardener | @SaffronsGarden

Published on February 9th 2020
A close up of a flower
Every gardener, houseplant connoisseur, serial plant propagator, and succulent collector's passion and interest started somewhere and is still growing and unfurling into a beautiful story.
Here at Candide, we delight in sharing your gardening stories. This week we dig into indoor plant aficionado, @SaffronsGarden's story.
"My love for all things green started with my mom."
As a small child, I was bundled up in the early mornings and put down in a position where my mom could keep an eye on me while gardening. Every spring our garden would explode into colour and I would imagine being a fairy amongst the flowers. Later on in life, I only realised how important a garden was to me when I was living in Taiwan with no access to one. I vowed that when I could, I would make up for this injustice.
An orange and cat lying on a bed
I moved to Hout Bay about a year ago and for the first time, I have more than enough space to do what my heart desires.
I can't quite decide where my passion lies in the garden, I hop between outdoor gardening, succulent collecting and recently - going urban jungle crazy. I have over 200 indoor plants in my house and I don't think I'll stop anytime soon. My house has plants in every corner and propagation stations on every shelf.
staircase with plants
My plants have taken over my life in the most positive way possible and I've incorporated it into all factors of my life. I've started working for Candide and it has been such a wonderful eye-opener to the strength of the plant community.
A living room with plants and a baby
On the side, I help organise the Cape Town Plant Swap and run Saffron's Garden Projects which includes a plant club. My animals, daughter and husband have learnt not to intervene in my plant crazy addiction and I like to think that they're better for it.
A woman standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera
The biggest challenge about having so many plants is being able to read them all and to then try and keep up with their demands. I have a rough schedule because one can't be too strict with plants - they adapt and change as their environment changes and so, you have to be flexible. I have 'watering Wednesdays' where I check my plants' moisture levels and work accordingly. This can take me up to two hours for just the plants in my house, including the garden and my succulent collection it's become almost a part-time job in itself.
My favourite gardening events to go to are any kind of plant swap, the Rare Plant Fair at Tokara and the Calitzdorp Succulent Festival.
These are some of the plants you can find in my house:
A close up of a Platycerium bifurcatum staghorn fern plant

Common Staghorn Fern

Platycerium bifurcatum

Polka Dot Plant

Begonia maculata

Delicious Monster

Monstera deliciosa

A close up of a variegated Monstera leaf

Variegated Swiss Cheese Plant

Monstera deliciosa 'Albo Variegata'

A close up of a young green Monstera deliciosa var. borsigiana plant

Swiss Cheese Plant

Monstera deliciosa f. borsigiana

A close up of a potted Monstera adansonii plant with green holey leaves

Monstera Monkey Leaf

Monstera adansonii

A hand holding a pot of Rhaphidophora tetrasperma against a white background

Mini Monstera

Rhaphidophora tetrasperma

Flamingo Flower

Anthurium andraeanum

Davallia Ferns

Davallia spp.


Calathea Freddie

Goeppertia concinna

Rose-Painted Calathea

Goeppertia roseopicta

A close up of a Goeppertia ornata houseplant

Pin Stripe Plant

Goeppertia ornata

A close up of some Stromanthe sanguinea 'Triostar' leaves

Prayer Plant 'Triostar'

Stromanthe thalia 'Triostar'

A close up of a mosaic leaf of a Calathea musaica 'Network' plant against a white background

Calathea 'Network'

Goeppertia kegeljanii 'Network'

Peacock Plant

Goeppertia makoyana

A close up of some green  Rubber Tree Ficus elastica leaves

Rubber Plant

Ficus elastica

A close up of a Ficus elastica 'Ruby' plant with attractive leaves

Rubber Plant 'Ruby'

Ficus elastica 'Ruby'

Jade Plant

Crassula ovata

A close up of an Alocasia amazonica plant

Amazonian Elephant's Ear

Alocasia × amazonica

Rock Rose

Echeveria elegans

A pot of Sedum rubrotinctum with jellybean like leaves

Jelly Bean Plant

Sedum x rubrotinctum

Sea Urchin

Euphorbia obesa

Give @SaffronsGarden a follow to watch her indoor collection grow and advance her green thumb.

A green plant
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