Here's a scene that anyone who reads my blog is no doubt familiar with. But instead of focusing on what's up on the mantel, let's look at the cast of characters below...
Starting on the left. The big tillandsia is a T. xerographica, I don't have ID on the one stuck in the large carved out seedpod.
I bought this Aechmea fasciata two years ago. It was blooming at the time. That should mean it would begin to produce pups and the main rosette would start to fade and die, right? But that hasn't happened. It hasn't produced a single pup, and the foliage still looks as good as the day I bought it, so strange...
Another plant I purchased while it was blooming, an anthurium with super dark flowers. I like the foliage, and don't mind that I haven't gotten any more blooms.
I wish I could tell you the name of this monstrous cactus, unfortuantely it came to me unlabeled.
Over on the right side there are a couple more tillandsias, a NOID sansevieria and half of a staghorn fern. Why only half? Because I killed the rest of it, not on purpose, of course.
Not a houseplant, I'm sneaking in a picture of my vintage "driftwood" table lamp.
Visible in the photo above, in a corner behind the sofa, is Zingiber malaysianum 'Midnight'.
On another table in the living room is a pair of Monvillea spegazzinii (Cereus spegazzinii) in vintage Royal Copley planters.
In front of the living room window...
This bromeliad (× Cryptbergia 'Red Burst') sat on my desk in the basement while I was working on the book, now it's graduated to the natural light upstairs.
Cryptanthus 'Black Mystic'
I know, not houseplants, but I'll share them anyway. The top of a bookcase in the living room is overflowing with dried protea, I can't just toss them after-all.
Currently on the dining table there's a small green cryptanthus, along with a vase full of alstroemeria and another piece of pottery with moss and lichen.
The wall next to the dining table is full of plant prints.
And the corner cabinet contains more dried flowers and seed pods.
These are from when I grew scabiosa from seed.
A cone from my magnolia and a dried peony from a friend's plant.
Dried nigella pods.
We're in the kitchen now, this gang hangs out behind the sink. Oh and that one in the black pot does go outside for the summer, so I guess he doesn't really belong in this houseplant post.
The Nepenthes alata seems to like the moisture next to the kitchen sink.
Hellebore blooms don't always do well in a vase, but H. x hybridus 'Jade Tiger' does.
Vintage light, Andrew's artwork, and more plants...
I think this is a Haworthia limifolia.
Once upon a time I knew the name of the one in the back, but no longer. The small one is a NOID sansevieria.
Another pair of small pots with plant's whose names I've forgotten. The carved figure is Andrew's work.
The Lila portrait a friend gave us hangs in the kitchen, After all, it was her very favorite room in the house.
Another of Andrew's figures with an agave spike (from a dead leaf) and a small Euphorbia tirucalli.
On top of the refrigerator is a dried arrangement that's been in this vase for at least a year and a half. What can I say...
In the bathroom now, and pulling back the shower curtain...
Is the variegated Boston fern a friend gave me a piece of. It's happier than it looks in this photo.
Eryngium in a vase, spiky agave photos on the wall.
There are no plants in our bedroom, so moving into the "media room" (TV, computer) here's the last plant of this post. An orchid given to us by Andrew's employer when we lost Lila. It's still alive, I really should take it outside this summer and give it some love.
So what about you, are you a houseplant person? Or one of those folks who doesn't believe in plants in the house?
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