Perspective & Plant – Do What You Do and Do It Well

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

In February 2016, I posted about these amazing anthurium hanging baskets I photographed in the Longwood Gardens Conservatory. When I visited the gift shop on my way out, I found single plants for sale at an amazing price and took one home with me. I’ve grown the anthurium in a terracotta pot as a floor plant since then, and although it has done well, it has never wanted to stand upright. After propping it up for years, I decided to let it do what it seemed to be destined to do well and planted it in a hanging basket.

““Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” ~ Dr. Seuss

The anthurium always looked interesting in its floor pot, but as a hanging basket plant it is unique and will never look common. A good lesson for me to follow too: Always be who I am, and not what others think I should be!

““Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Plant – Anthurium

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I have long admired the anthurium plants displayed each year in the Longwood Garden Conservatory in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. I have a small anthurium with red heart-shaped flowers, although in reality, according to horticulture experts, what we call a flower is a spathe.

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I’ve always hoped to run across a pink and green Anthurium, and recently I was lucky enough to find one to purchase. The plant is lovely and growing well in my living room. It receives strong morning sunlight and seems to be adapting well to life in my home.

Culture Tips for Anthuriums

Give Anthuriums a try for a bit of tropical beauty indoors.

Plants – Anthurium

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A few months ago, on the supermarkets “salvage” plant stand, I found an Anthurium plant. It didn’t have a bloom, but the leaves alone were beautiful, apple green with pink tinging the veins. I was thrilled to find it.

Through the winter the plant grew steadily, and this past week a beautiful bloom unfurled.

Here is a bit of history of Anthurium plants, and a how-to article on how to grow them.

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How to Grow an Anthurium

This year Longwood Gardens had a lovely display of Anthuriums. I am hoping to one day locate one of these pink beauties to grow in my own home.

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