Los Angeles is commonly abbreviated as ‘L. A.’ or simply ‘LA’, which is not only insolent, but can be mistaken for Louisiana. I must spell it out. Anyway, I am in Los Angeles now. After postponing this trip for months, I left hastily without much of a plan. I am camped out in the backyard at Brent’s home, not only because it is the best place to stay here, but also because I did not bother to make reservations at the eccentric Hotel del Flores. I did not do much of what I wanted to do, and will not before I leave, but I do not mind. It has been good to simply relax and grab a few oddities from Brent’s garden, including #1, #2 and #5. Some of these shared earlier.

1. Platycerium bifurcatum, staghorn fern grew into a suspended colony that is about six feet wide. I may have mentioned earlier in Six on Saturday that it looks like coronavirus.

2. Platycerium grande, giant staghorn fern, which Brent and I refer to as moose antlers, flares out too much on top to form more spherical colonies like Platycerium bifurcatum.

3. Monstera Deliciosa ‘Albo Variegata’, variegated split leaf philodendrons is supposedly rather rare. I thought that it was more common years ago, but no one else remembers it.

4. Costus comosus, red tower ginger should bloom between late winter and early spring, rather than between later summer and early autumn. Maybe its bloom lasts for months.

5. Dichorisandra thyrsiflora, blue ginger, which is not actually related to ginger, should bloom about now, but is not blooming as spectacularly now as it did several months ago.

6. Aechmea fasciata, silver vase bromeliad should have bloomed half a year ago like red tower ginger. Likewise, bloom can last for a long time. However, this bloom looks young.

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate: https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/

12 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: L. A.

  1. Tony, I remember all the now supposedly rare plants (the ones that I have to grow in pots and call house plants) from years ago. I think we had 2 waves of “plant” fads. One went all the way back to the 1970s, Jerry Baker and NASA. The second is more recent–maybe late 1990s, early 2000s?

    Karla

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    1. Too many modern cultivars are available nowadays, as if we need ‘that’ many choices. I have not yet met one modern cultivar that is better than older cultivars. I would guess that this ‘modern’ variegated monstera is a modern cultivar, but I also thought that I remembered one just like it years ago. If so, could this be the same?

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  2. I see some familiar plants, I have the red ginger and staghorn fern. I really like the philodendron. And Karla is correct, the house plant fad is back and my kids live in apartments and all grow house plants now, just as I did in the 70s.

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      1. While in Los Angeles, I asked Brent about the old fashioned Boston fern, and found that one of his suppliers not only grows it, but grows it as a regularly saleable commodity! Apparently, people continue to purchase it. I can remember the introduction of the Dallas Fern, and thought that it replaced the Boston fern decades ago, with only a few rare Boston ferns remaining. I intend to get a few, although they should come inside for the winter. It is a bit too big I suppose, but it is also familiar. (Someone really should develop a Los Gatos fern!)

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    1. The split leaf philodendron without variegation used to be quite common. You might recognize it if the picture had been taken a bit farther back. The bromeliad used to be more popular a long time ago.

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