Not curtains, but plants hang from the curtain rod Essay

Not curtains, but plants hang from the curtain rod


Instead of a curtain, stained glass panels and a leafy screen give
privacy to the dining room shown above. The house plants thrive close
to window light, and their leaves help block the view of the
neighbor’s wall.



The hanging plants in the photograph are rabbit’s foot fern
(Polypodium aureum), creeping Jenny (Pilea depressa), and grape ivy. To
keep their growth lush, owner Winifred Anderson of Woodland, California,
rotates the side facing the window every few weeks. Every month or two,
she takes plants down, rinses off leaves, and submerges pots in water to
soak them thoroughly. Lightweight plastic pots with saucers attached
are the most practical. Unfinished Wood support brackets, finials, and
wooden rods 4 to 8 feet long and 1 5/16 inch in diameter cost $20 to $25
a set at large building supply or home improvement centers. You can
paint or stain them to match window trim.

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Chains and S-hooks are usually available at the same place or from
garden supply stores. You may have to expand one end of the S-hooks or
slip large metal rings over the rod and suspend smaller S-hooks from
them.



Below the plants, owner-designed stained glass fits inside the
existing pane. It is held in place by 1/4-inch quarter-round stained to
match the window trim and nailed to it.



Photo: House plants thrive in east-facing window. Wooden rod,
S-hooks, and chains support pots up to 9 inches across. End brackets
for rod are screwed to window frame

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