|Epipremnum ‘Silver Satin', aka Satin Pothos, Silk Pothos, |
or Silver Philodendron is a variety of a plant I grew in the '70s.
I started with houseplants. They sucked me in as gateway drugs are known to do, and when I moved to a south window-bearing apartment, the real madness began.
|A sign of the times, or this iteration of the succulent trend is well-illustrated with these wine cork plant holders.|
|A fresh batch of Echeverias at TPIE.|
However jade plants and aloes arrived in the Midwest, I fell in love and wanted more. It was long before Google and online commerce, so researching sources for some of the more unusual succulents took a bit of imagination.
One of the first books I bought on the subject was published in 1977 by Jack Kramer. I still have it, and at the back of the book is a list of sources. Most are in California, although there were a few outside that state. One of them, Lauray of Salisbury in Salisbury, CT, just closed its doors in 2015. Also closing its doors in 2015 was Abbey Garden, Carpenteria, CA.
I was able to find a few still doing business. Abbey Brook Cactus Nursery in Sheffield, England is still in business. Grigsby Cactus Gardens is selling its cacti and succulents online. Logee's and Karutz Greenhouses are still going strong.
|Stromanthe sanguinea ‘Tricolor’|
There is no common name for Stromanthe (stroh-MAN-thee), but it's not that hard to say. A particularly striking variety called 'Tricolor' caught my eye at the Tropical Plant International Expo in Ft. Lauderdale. What a gorgeous foliage plant! If you have a bright, east-facing window, you can grow it as a houseplant. It can be grown in dappled shade outdoors when weather is consistently above 60 degrees F. It's a Brazilian rain forest native, so it likes lots of humidity.
|Today's succulents do a lot more|
hanging around than they used to.
|Dracaena marginata 'Ray of Sunshine'|