Unfortunately, I did not record the name of this particular plant when I took its picture. Beautiful foliage, don’t you think?
Doesn’t it remind you of some kind of kids’ building toy?
Yes, all of that fuzziness in the background are dozens of tiny pots of unusual cyclamen — all grown from seed! Barry explained that they are on their forth winter, which I thought showed quite a big commitment and dedication. Can you imagine the work involved in seeding all of those pots and then taking each plant through their growing and dormancy seasons for four years running? And let me tell you they are all healthy and near-perfect. Every single one.
But according to Barry, each year has offered some new stage of development in the tiny plants that has held his interest and excitement through to the next.
Dear god, I think I might be getting into cyclamen now. But what plant genus isn’t worth getting excited about, really? They all have their merits on some level. And to top it off, it’s hard not to catch Barry’s contagious enthusiasm for his plants. Thankfully I can live out this particular interest vicariously through Barry’s hard work. No need to bemoan the fact that I do not have the space and skill (or patience) myself.
I bought this strange, vining succulent, Ceropegia linearis ssp woodii, back in August at the Montreal Botanical Gardens.
I’ll have to take some pictures of the leaves as well — they are interesting in their own right. The plant has suffered a bit of legginess over the past few months as I’ve grown accustomed to its light and water needs, but I think it’s in the right spot now. I think the watering issues I’ve been having are on account of the undersized pot it came in. I am not looking forward to the balancing act required to repot this gnarly thing. It’s a disaster in the making.
Despite a rocky start, it has been flowering regularly since I brought it home, and has even produced seeds! I’m curious to see if anything will come of them.
Earlier this year I told myself, No more geraniums, unless it is a nutmeg geranium since my favourite plant bit the dust over the winter. However, that instruction fell out the window when I found this pretty, lemon-scented Pelargonium crispum x ‘Variegated Prince Rupert’ aka ‘Variegatum’ on sale for $1.99.
How could I not get it?
The plant was overgrown with several suckers coming up around the edges that I have since pulled out and put into some water. Interestingly enough, those new plants are not variegated.