A new tropical order arrived on Sunday where I used to work, so the husband and I went to look at the new stuff on Monday. I did buy one plant (Vriesea ospinae var. gruberi), which will have to get a post of its own later, but this post is about the three interesting plants I didn't buy. (I may eventually decide that I can't live without one of them: we're still evaluating.)
The one that might call me back is Anthurium podophyllum. It's a total geek plant, in that it wouldn't stand out as special to most customers. It would, though, be one of the first things you're drawn to if you are jaded with the usual houseplants and are looking for something new and different:
At this point, I hesitate to buy mostly because this would take most of my remaining money, and it seems sort of risky. I love the whole Anthurium genus, but that's mostly because I get along really well with A. andraeanum: when I've tried other plants, the results have been a lot more inconclusive (A. "hookeri" lives, but isn't getting enough light; A. crystallinum 'Mehani' and I have had watering issues. Even some of the A. andraeanums have fallen apart after being repotted.). So we will have to see what happens.
Bachelor Number Two was tagged Philodendron 'Cheesecake,' though it was pretty obviously a Monstera deliciosa, not a Philodendron. (This might not be as obvious from the picture: the lighting was awful, and I see I didn't really include the one fully-split leaf in the photo like I thought I had. You may have to just trust me on this.) It didn't appeal to me so much: they're handsome plants, but I already have a Monstera at home which is extremely overgrown. It's all but pulled down the stake I put in the pot for it to climb on, and even before that happened it was very awkward to move or water or do anything with. Perhaps if I had a hanging basket for it. So until I figure out how to handle the one I've got, I'm not going to get more.
That said, I never expected to see a variegated Monstera for sale, here or anywhere else, and the price was pretty good, so I'm still a little tempted.
Finally, we had Aechmea 'Blue Tango,' which looks very similar to 'Del Mar' but has less white in its inflorescence --
I have to say, I was sort of ennh, whatever when I was actually in the greenhouse, but when I got home and looked closely at the pictures, I was impressed. This is a pretty inflorescence. It might even count as gorgeous.
It was, unfortunately, also $70, which would have been too pricey even if I had money, and also there's the matter of me already having a very similar plant (which is doing nicely, thanks for asking). So I left it. But daaaaaaaaamn.
Coming soonish: the plants I actually have bought recently.