This is the flower of the peacock plant (Calathea makoyana).
As seen in the Garden of Weedlessness greenhouse at the Montreal Botanical Gardens yesterday afternoon.
The Latin is Jasminum nudiflorum. It reminds me of forsythia.
Here’s another adorable succulent from my tour of Erika’s apartment, Conophytum blandum. Don’t they look like lots of little hearts?
On first glance the Latin blandum (blandus) seems wrong — these plants aren’t bland! To be sure I looked the word up in Gardener’s Latin and it turns out that blandus translates to pleasing or charming. This I think we can agree on.
Last Friday, a friend with a car (THANK YOU JOHN, I hearby bequeath my first born to you. The cat is also an option.) drove Davin, myself, and another friend on a field trip to Richters Herbs about an hour outside Toronto, in Goodwood, Ontario. The goal was to enjoy some greenery, buy some herbs to use as table decor for my forthcoming book launch party (more on that soon), and of course, get a few plants for myself while we were at it.
The goal was not to get loud and obnoxious on caffeine, plant oxygen, and a half glass of wine… but I did that too. You can’t take me anywhere.
Here’s the outside. Look they got the fancy log reindeer out just for us! No, not really. We are not special.
The entire operation is made of of several greenhouses but only one was set up for retail. It consists of three aisles with four long tables of plants. Since it’s winter, the place wasn’t as stocked as I imagine it will be come spring, which is just as well since it was difficult enough to make a selection and avoid overspending. Here I am pondering what to buy for the launch party. I think you’ll like my choices. And if you hang around long enough, you’ll get to take one home. It pays to be a party hanger-on.
There was much agonizing over plants and purchases. We look absolutely tortured, but I’d imagine that what Davin has actually captured here is a blissful moment of total plant geekery. This is what my face looks like when I am having fun and in my element. For the record, I did buy the plant Barry and I are so painfully considering: curly chives (Allium spirale).