I started the week out on the good foot with a reinvigorating morning at the community greenhouse I visited last winter in the suburbs of Toronto. Oh that good air and the smell of warm soil and life. The smells! There were smells. I left feeling energetic and doing air punches in my head. Suck it winter!
Last time I regretted bringing only a digital camera along. The personal details and quirks took me by surprise and were something I had wished I could capture with my film camera. Remembering my mistake, I left it behind and focussed on shooting film this time. Once I shot off a few rolls I could not resist capturing a few shots (actually about a hundred!) with my cellphone to share with you here. I hope they give you a little booster shot of colour — an inoculate against the mid-winter doldrums.
Shortly after arriving we met a sweet man named Romeo who was there watering his plants — mainly orchids from his home country (the Philippines) and these unique double Bougainvillea. I’ve seen a lot of Bougainvillea courtesy of trips to tropical locales, but I have never seen a double flower before! We got to talking for some time and like most gardeners Romeo was as generous as can be, sending us off with clippings to add to our collections. Uli was given a very sturdy colocasia and I now have clippings from a red kohleria and an orchid that I truly hope I can keep alive in this dry house.
Haworthia attenuata, a wonderful succulent houseplant.
At the end of the morning Uli asked me which plants I liked best and without hesitation I directed her to this incredibly creamy variegated Aloe arborescens. It’s like a striped octopus!
Uli and I marvelled at the way this sansevieria was able to survive cramped into a tiny pot. Nice form, though.