Tuesday, January 18, 2011

[Exceptionally] Pretty pictures: transmitted light -- Part XXXVIII

There's probably a name for the condition of having writer's block, but having it with everything you try to do, not just writing. I don't know what the term would be, but I lived the experience all day yesterday (Monday). Couldn't bring myself to water, couldn't get anywhere writing the blog, mildly depressed (the AdSense decision factored into this, but I don't think it was the main cause), couldn't even manage to take a nap. In the end, I wound up on the couch, watching Beavis and Butthead Do America, which is my emergency self-treatment of choice for depression. It worked, in that it cheered me up (it always does; that's why it's the treatment of last resort. It'd be the treatment of first resort, but I'm afraid overuse would decrease the potency, so Beavis and Butthead only get brought out in extreme situations, maybe once or twice a year), but it didn't make me any more able to get anything done.

Which is why we have transmitted light photos again. Although I traditionally try to come up with a comment about each photo individually, I'm going to stop doing that unless I can think of something worthwhile to say: not only does this save me time writing, it also saves me the agony of trying to come up with something clever (or interesting (or even remotely connected)).

For this particular batch, with one pink exception, we have a green-or-orange thing going on. Hope you like.

(The previous transmitted light posts can be found here.)

Homalomena 'Perma Press.' It's turned out to be a less-terrible houseplant than I was expecting, from my experiences with H. 'Emerald Gem.' The main problem is that it wants to be really, really big, so all the petioles are bent and twisted because I don't have a spot where they can extend themselves the full two feet that they want.

Neoregelia NOID. It's really, you know. Pink.

Anthurium andraeanum cv. I don't know what happened to cause the water-soaked patches here: I didn't do anything to the leaf as far as I know, and although it's happened before, it's pretty rare. But it makes for a more interesting Anthurium photo than usual.

Ficus benjamina 'Midnight.'

Hemerocallis NOID, flower petal.

Syngonium wendlandii. Bad photo, but it's a good plant. I'm happier with my S. wendlandii than I have been with any of the S. podophyllums, amazingly enough.

Codiaeum variegatum NOID (most likely 'Petra.').

Zingiber malaysianum.

Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Splish Splash.' Tied for my favorite picture from this batch.

Canna 'Tropicanna.' The other picture that's tied for favorite. Less dramatic than the previous Canna photo, but arguably that works in its favor. The other one was pretty intense.


Diana said...

I always enjoy these images. I imagine your house - where you don't have plants you have these images framed and hung on the walls.

It's possible that you could print these up and sell them. I can tell you that making a profit out of art is HARD but these are unique and, let's be honest, neutral in content. That helps.

Here's also a late THANK YOU for the posting on office plants. I get my office key tomorrow and I'm sure I'll have at least ONE plant on my desk before the week is out. You gave me some great ideas that I hadn't thought about!

Pat said...

This scientific paper on writer's block may amuse you. There is another linked in the comments that is a follow-up.


CelticRose said...

I believe the word you are looking for is lethargy.

Tigerdawn said...

That paper went directly on my facebook.

grumblebunny said...

I'll second lethargy and toss in torpor, acedia/Weltschmerz, seasonal affective disorder and lassitude, because I'm garrulous like that.

bloomer grows said...

Love the photos. just noticed your list of easy-to-hard-to grow plants and wondered if you've seen the new cordyline called Festival burgundy? I bought 2 last year to use as deck plants and they were really easy to care for . . .brought them inside to see what they'd do over the winter in a sunny room and WOW - the easiest house plants I've ever grown. I've never had a plant that I could use both indoors and outdoor successfully - glad I finally found one.

mr_subjunctive said...

bloomer grows:

I haven't seen that variety specifically, no. I used to really like Cordylines, but have cooled off on them in the last few months, because 1) they all started to get spider mites simultaneously in about mid-November, just like last year, and the year before, and I am tired of trying to fight spider mites, plus 2) 'Kiwi' in particular, but also the NOID burgundy ones, started to get burnt tips and margins all at once, really badly. I suspect hard water. Which, I'm not willing to buy special water for them, and I don't have a good way to collect rainwater or snow at the moment, so I watered them, then stuck all but one in clear plastic bags in the basement. If any of them survive the winter that way, then I'll cut them back and they can resprout in the spring, but honestly, I'm kind of hoping they fall to pieces and I can throw them out. They're very pretty plants, but they're not worth the constant mite problems, and it looks like the harder water in the new house might make them impossible for me to grow now anyway.