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Not so soulless after all: In praise of lockdown-era artificial plants

As I hovered over the reviews for “ARTIFICIAL MONSTERA PLANT 60CM,” I felt a slight ickiness. But maybe it's not so bad to have something that can last forever

Recently I realised that I have the worst-kept balcony in my whole building. I wouldn’t have minded much before, but during lockdown we had no choice but to treasure our outdoor spaces, and it was painfully revealed that I had not treasured mine. Four tiles of my balcony have been given over to a piece of AstroTurf that my dog defecates on. The…

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