Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Sunday Drive......To An Awesome Nursery!

My husband and I love to take "Sunday drives". Today we were on our way to Fernwood Botanical garden in SW Michigan, but decided not to go that far. We hit a couple of antiques stores on US 12 and just enjoyed the scenery. He did however take me to The Root System, an awesome specialty cactus and succulent nursery in Jonesville, Michigan. I love this place and the owner and I always have a great conversation about the plants. (I like to pick his brains about all the plants and how he grows them.) Following are some of the plants I saw there. Most of these plants were for sale, but some were the owner's personal plants, for display only.

Leuchtenbergia principis in bloom
Euphorbia viguieri capuroniana
Synadenium grantii

Faurcaria tigrina
I love how the spines on this tiger jaw above are pink!

Glottiphyllum hybrid

Orbea variegata

Euphorbia perrieri elongata

I love how the trunk of this Euphorbia above and below twists as it gets larger.

I can't remember the name of this cactus, but I loved the orange flower.

Sansevieria elliptica
I may have purchased one of these Sansevierias........

Euphorbia suzannae x bupleurifolia

Oreocereus trollii
....and this Euphorbia on the left and the Oreocereus below....

Euphorbia suzannae x bupleurifolia

Peperomia columella

 I had a great time today, mostly because I spent the day with my husband, but also because I was able to go to a great place filled with hundreds of cool houseplants! I hope you enjoyed visiting this place with me. This was just a smattering of what they had there.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Cultivate 14' New Houseplants

I just returned from Columbus OH having attended something called Cultivate 14', a trade show for the green industry. This event is a showcase for the new plants that have been released to the green world. I thought I would show some of the new houseplants. 

Ficus benghalensis 'Audrey'
I absolutely love this new ficus above. Its pink veins make all the difference.

Aglaonema 'Pink Jade'

There were a ton of new agloanemas. I loved this one because I thought it was a Ficus elastica of some sort. This plant group has come a long way from the mottled dark green leaves that used to be the only thing to choose from.

Aglaonema 'Emerald Holiday'

Aglaonema 'Pink Valentine'

Ficus microcarpa 'Moclame'

Anthurium andreanum 'Orange Champion'

These two new anthuriums were beautiful. The orange one may look red at first until you scroll down and see the red one.

Anthurium 'Royal Champion'

New Optimara African violet mySensation

Of course I LOVED this new African violet by Optimara!  It is an amazing shade of green. For you African violet enthusiasts out there, yes, it does have 'Frozen In Time' ancestry.

Well, these are the plants I saw that are new to me and new to the industry. I hope you see these soon at an IGC near you. If you do, buy them!