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Plant Graffiti

Plant Graffiti

Z and M may be in love, but did they have to deface a plant to let everyone know? I don’t think so, but maybe I’m not romantic enough. Or maybe I like plants too much. Or maybe I really believe that plants feel pain, as in The Secret Life

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Orchid Excitement

Orchid Excitement

I’m so excited! My orchid is re-blooming! This is a Beallara Marfitch ‘Howard’s Dream’. I have a wonderful friend who buys beautiful orchids, and when they are done blooming, she is nice enough to pass them on to me. And somehow, I got this one to bloom again. I wanted

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February Cactus

February Cactus

What epitomizes February, but the heart shape? And, as a plant nerd, what could be better than a heart shaped plant?  As I strolled through the Matthaei Botanical Garden desert house, I came upon this wonderful heart shaped cactus. I immediately took a ton of pictures. How amazing is this

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African Violets

African Violets

I think this is My Joy African Violet. I wanted to share some pictures of my blooming African violets. They are so gorgeous. These were  bought at the Ohio State African Violet show and sale last September. They need to be transplanted into bigger pots, but I just haven’t done

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Ferns with Feet

Ferns with Feet

Davallia fejeensis rhizomes up close Notice the shallow pot. Rabbit’s foot, bear’s paw, kangaroo paw, green worm. What do all these names have in common? They all describe types of “footed” ferns. The “feet” are really rhizomes that creep and crawl across the top of the soil surface, sometimes even

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Holiday Cactus

Holiday Cactus

               I love this time of year. The holiday season is here, and it’s time for the Thanksgiving cactus to bloom. Some of mine are in bloom, but the Christmas cactus are just budding up. What is the difference? Thanksgiving cactus, or Schlumbergera truncata, is also called claw cactus or

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Patterned Plants

Patterned Plants

Haworthia limifolia Gasteria batesia One of the most beautiful aspects of plants is the pattern of their leaves. I’m not just talking about variegation, but also the arrangement and texture. Some of the most amazingly patterned plants are succulents. Haworthias and gasterias are a couple of my favorites. Haworthia limifolia,

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Frozen Plants?

Frozen Plants?

Poor, cold brugmansia. Well, we had our first frost last night, here at my house. Where are some of my houseplants? Outside, freezing. I’ve been procrastinating bringing my plants in. Why? I’m a procrastinator. There you have it. Yes, they are coming in today. It barely froze, so they should

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