Then the ankle-incident occurred. Another event that I had to miss. I tried to keep my chin up, at least I wouldn't be out there sweating in record breaking heat—and do I really need more plants? All in all I was coping pretty well until I looked at Instagram and saw this...
Hayden (@theperennial.victorian) posted several stunning images from the sale including the above photo of a heliamphora. I felt that tug... there it was, a special exotic...something I wanted and might of bought if I was at the sale, but I wasn't.
Then this photo came up on the HPSO feed. That's my cute friend Nanthawat working at the Courting Frogs Nursery booth. A little light went on...
... I texted Nat to see if the the heliamphora were at their booth and if there were any left. He sent me this photo...
And delivered the plant to me the very next day.
And that's how I shopped Hortlandia 2021 without even leaving my house.
It's a Heliamphora heterodoxa x nutans. Heliamphora are native to the mountaintops of Venezuela and they don't like temperatures above 80, which of course we've been experiencing. I know the growers must have felt it would do okay at the sale or else they wouldn't have brought them, Nat also took care to keep it "cool" before bringing by my place.
Needless to say it's living indoors in the A/C. These plants like consistency in their growing conditions and our extended forecast stays hot, too hot to take it outside. I need to find a suitable pot for it, but for now I'm trying to class up the plastic with a nice Jonathan Adler saucer.
Isn't it fabulous? Those little tips are called nectar spoons, they'll eventually get a little larger and bend over a bit more closely resembling a spoon.
I may end up getting a small light for it too, something like what I use on the planters on our mantle.
Thanks Hayden and Nat for enabling my Hortlandia purchase! And hey, if you're shopping for some cool houseplants and other things check out Nat's online shop The Other Side Nursery He doesn't currently have this specific plant, but he has some other carnivorous plants.
In case you're wondering about that owl planter sporting sansevieria hair, it was a gift (filled with flowers) from a group who toured my garden a few years ago. Not usually my kind of thing but I really liked this guy.
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