And while snow and ice are burying the few flowers that had appeared in my garden (essentially hellebores, nothing else yet)…
… I keep myself busy with my indoor friends. After my last post on the subject, a very kind reader and neighbour came and gave me a beautiful chlorophytum comosum – it gladdened my heart, as they remind me of biology lessons, of hometown and friends. Here it is, throwing a new inflorescence up. We detached its biggest pup and planted in a silk-clay container made by my daughter. Thank you again, Will !
Speaking of new growth, I can’t tell you how happy I am to see my very small maranta leuconeura Fascinator preparing a new leaf. I was doubtful this plant would make it in my cold draughty house, as members of the prayer plants family can be a bit demanding.
Nevertheless, if one is going to grow houseplants, one would find difficult to overlook calatheas. Their leaf patterns and graceful habit are second to none. Some even have the most gorgeous textured leaves : I don’t think I have ever touched anything as soft as the underside of calathea rufibarba leaves (also aptly named velvet calathea) – except maybe newly-unfurled beech leaves. Many houseplants have variegated, artistically patterned or dramatically coloured leaves, such as aglaonemas or dieffenbachias, but in my opinion, nothing can beat the calatheas. One of their common names is peacock plants – they certainly deserve it.
It’s funny how things can surprise you. I had seen a lot of posts about syngoniums and they didn’t particularly inspire me. Yet I bought this syngonium White Butterfly and it is now one of my favourite plants.
Next time, I would like to show you my vines, but for now, I will leave you with a picture of the view from my study (sounds grand but it is, in reality, not much bigger than a cupboard).