Friday, January 17, 2020

Visiting a few houseplant shops, in Los Angeles

Knowing I'd have a little time to kill after closing down the Huntington Gardens and before meeting up with Andrew and other family for dinner, I researched a few houseplant stores in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles. Houseplants are exploding in popularity in Portland and across the country, I wondered what trendy L.A. would have up it's sleeve. I used a story in L.A. Magazine for reference, even though it was from 2018 I figured as long as the shops were still in business they'd still be worth visiting. First up, Planta...

Plants like this along the sidewalk are a sure sign this is gonna be a good stop.

Inside the nursery a few plants were showing off their holiday spirit.

I don't think I've ever seen so many dyckia in one place.

Moving undercover...

Mounted plants and kokedama. Kokedama with dried Spanish moss, I don't think I've seen that before.

It's always good to be reminded of where you are in the world.


These 6" pots were going for $21.

Oh baby! Yes I am falling hard for the dark sansevieria. This 10" pot labeled Sansevieria kirkii var. pulchra was going for $75. Nope, I will not be spending that kind of money on a sansevieria.

I headed to the inside shop next, but it was small and nothing caught my eye—remember this is L.A., even the houseplants can pretty much be outside.

Next up was Ponderosa Cactus.

Love, absolutely love, their sign.

By the front door...

And inside.

Based on the fact the shop was almost empty and I spotted the sign below, I think they were closing. I didn't get a chance to ask the person manning the shop. She was busy helping folks pick out plants. Their Instagram account only lists the Tucson location now. Bummer.

My next stop, The Juicy Leaf. Ya gotta love that name.

This was a fun shop to browse...

And like with Planta, if I lived in the area I would definitely stop in on occasion.

None of the shops I visited had anything that made me think they had their finger on the pulse of the next "hot" thing though. Our Portland shops are just as good...some even better.

Headed back to the car I spotted Nature's Perfection across the street. There was no question they had plants.

Lots of them. No great displays, think plants as convenience store inventory.

Finally, I thought I would link to a story from The Guardian: A growing concern: is it ever OKAY to steal plant cuttings?  It starts with a theft from Portland's Potted Elephant (which I visited here) and concentrates on the hot houseplant market. I posted a link to it on my personal FB page and followed as it appeared on a few other FB group pages. Lively conversations ensued. Some comments—people okay helping themselves to bits and pieces—I found very concerning. Oh and thanks to the blog commenter who suggested I share the link here, I wouldn't have thought of it.

Weather Diary, Jan 16: Hi 43, Low 32/ Precip .16

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

I return to Potted, L.A.'s "indoor style for outdoor living" shop...

While in the L.A. area and on my way to the Huntington Gardens, my car magically took a little side trip to Potted; home of the circle pot and inspiration for the book Potted by the shop's owners Annette Gutierrez and Mary Gray.

The day was December 21st and there were lots of shoppers mingling about inside, not so many outside though, in the "cold" (it's all relative, I thought it was lovely).

Color! (pow)

And plants, of course there were plants.

I need one of these dark sansevieria, perhaps I can find one at the Portland Nursery houseplant sale (starts today!, January 16th)

This beauty was what almost came home with me, Orthophytum magalhaesii.

They were only $18, but the leaves were so rigid I was afraid I would break them trying to smash it into my luggage.


Love this guy, he was an aphid magnet in my garden though.

Hmm, also love those little guys with the dark leaves, in the center.

As I mentioned there were a lot of people inside the shop. I managed to grab a couple of shots without crowding anyone, or making them nervous.

I ended up leaving without purchasing anything. It was the first day of our week-long vacation and I knew there were be plenty of opportunities to buy other things that wouldn't fit in my carry-on bag.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Bloomday for January, 2020

I came close to doing something different for this Bloomday and going with a Wednesday Vignette format, Hamamelis x intermedia 'Rochester' being the star. It's reached some new stage in it's growth where the entire plant is covered in little fragrant explosions, like never before. I am in awe.

I wish you could smell the flowers.

But since I treat Bloomday (hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens) as a cataloged record of my garden month to month, year to year. Well, I broke down and photographed the other blooms in the garden too, even though most of them are repeats from last month. Let's walk...

Stachyurus salicifolius is pumping up those catkins.

If the wind blows just right it's possible to get a mix of the fragrant loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) blooms and the hamamelis, it's a bit over-powering.

Mahonia x media 'Marvel'

Helleborus x hybridus 'Jade Tiger'

Washed-out blooms on Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’.

Grevillea miqueliana

Helleborus x ballardiae Pink Frost

Out in the front garden the Arctostaphylos x 'Austin Griffiths' is absolutely covered in flowers, much to the delight of several hummingbirds.

Flower close-up.

The eternally blooming rosemary...

Mahonia x media 'Charity'

This is the most advanced Euphorbia rigida in the garden. Most of them barely have any color at their tips.

I 'll end with the first open florets on Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold'. The fact a few flowers have opened has not escaped the local hummingbird population. I can watch them from the window. They try them all, even the closed parts, but return to the open ones over and over.

Weather Diary, Jan 14: Hi 41, Low 32/ Precip .04"

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