Saturday, June 26, 2010

Just a Few New Plants

So I decided to go ahead and postpone my self-imposed plant buying hiatus. Last Saturday, we found ourselves with a couple of hours to kill near Libertyville, so I persuaded my husband to take me to Jamaican Gardens, a nearby nursery. Though this nursery and its Morton Grove branch came recommended by two different Garden Web posters, after my first visits, I found them nice enough, but not necessarily worth making 30 and 40 mile road trips. So I last visited them in 2006, and 2008, respectively. However, this time, I ended up with three really special plants, which I definitely haven't seen elsewhere in the area.

Monstera 'Cheesecake.' I had pronounced this plant "to die for" in the comments at PATSP

Tillandsia 'Eric Knoblock.' A really nice large specimen, about 8 inches long.

Hoya multiflora, with buds!

Closer view of the buds

Of course, once I get started, it's hard for me to stop. But I'll leave the latest acquisitions from a more local nursery, and Home Depot, for another post. For those who were wondering, my main reason for taking a six month plant-buying break (which will start on July 16) is to slow down, and really concentrate on appreciating and taking the best possible care of the plants I already have. I know myself (or at least I'm trying to learn--that's what I mean by "growing along with my houseplants.") I know that I often get caught up in little mini-obsessions, and there are times that I need to step back and focus. And I think that is one of those times.


mr_subjunctive said...

Out of curiosity, how did they have the Monstera tagged? (The ones at my ex-job were tagged "Philodendron 'Cheesecake.'")

Karen715 said...

It was just marked "Monstera var."

Julie said...

Well, I love all of your new plants. The Hoya is always so wonderful, and tillandsia is devine! The philodendron is really cool with its variegated self! I honestly don't think you could have found three better plants...well, at least till I see your other aquisitions!!! LOLOL!

CactusMcHarris said...

'Self-imposed plant hiatus'

And I promised myself I wouldn't become lachrymose with sadness this Monday morning, what with it (1) not raining and (2) the last Monday in June and (3) no work meetings to attend.