The Plant Stand

I watched my actions, and they all seemed normal until I caught the stick on fire. Sitting on my zafu meditation cushion, I grabbed the lighter and lit a stick of Palo Santo and thought, “What would a man think seeing me light a stick on fire inside the house, with music for plants playing in the background?” Just another reason why the doorway is still empty! πŸ˜‚

I mentioned here about having house plants, so now I’m really into plant stands. Just like everything else, I’m particular about them, so the one that gets my attention has to speak to my heart. World Market has become my favorite store. It’s inspiring to walk through, and it’s close by which makes for a refreshing, afternoon break from the laptop.

The first plant stand was for this smallish fiddle leaf fig. This guy was my test subject, purchased at a local nursery for less than $20. I left him sitting in his plastic pot for almost a month, just to make sure he was happy before any further investment. Since placing him in the plant stand, he’s doubled in size, so he’s happy.

Sunshine pillow and plant stand ~ World Market.

This may be the first stand for this plant, but he was sitting in a woven basket before this stand. I did some research on plant stands to see what was available in stores before driving around. I hadn’t purchased a plant stand for an indoor plant in years, and I’ve learned it’s best to see something in person if possible before buying. Nowadays, the picture seems to outdo the actual product.

I saw a stand on the WM website, which showed it available in store, so off I went. When I got there, they were closing the doors, but let me in with a warning, “We close in 10 minutes.” Quickly, I walked over to the plant stand area, but didn’t see it, so I walked through the store thinking it might be part of a display, and it was. It had a large, artificial version of my plant sitting in it, which was a good sign.

I wanted more time to ponder the stand, but felt pressured by the store closing and couldn’t decide. It was pretty, but it looked better in the photo than on the store floor. As far as I could tell it was the only one in the store, so I was taking a chance leaving it. There was a less expensive woven basket sitting nearby that would work, so I took it up to the cash register to pay. The cashier told me if it didn’t work, to bring it back.

Stepping outside, I heard the click of the double doors locking behind me. Holding the receipt, I already knew I’d be bringing it back, because I’d listened to my head instead of my heart. A few days later, I returned to the store, but this time came home with the plant stand.

Cover photo by Spacejoy on Unsplash


10 thoughts on “The Plant Stand

    1. Right? It becomes a wrestling match for me between heart and head. We’ll see how my most recent purchase turns out. I bought a floor lamp pillar for the corner of my bedroom which arrives tomorrow. I never dreamed I’d pay that much for a lamp, and it was on sale, but my daughter confirmed that’s normal price for a good quality one. Obviously, the heart has no budget. πŸ˜‚


  1. I liked this post and your story a great deal. You have classic taste and you obviously purchase with thought. I look forward to what you decide to purchase – would you consider a lemon tree or orange? I bought my mom an orange plant and it had fragrant blossoms.

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    1. Hi David and thank you for your kindness. I will have to ponder a citrus tree. They do great outdoors in TX, but don’t know if this house would give it enough light. For now, I’ll stick with what’s alive. πŸ˜‚ Baby steps. πŸ’–

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    1. I have this neighbor who is older than me, and he would say, “Barbara…if that is your most difficult decision of the day, you have a good life.” πŸ˜‚ Thank you Jeanne. Follow that heart. πŸ’–

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