Friday, July 3, 2009

Pretty picture: Pentas lanceolata

It is apparently true that not only will writer's block pass, given enough time, but that after it passes, you'll have more ideas than you know what to do with. All of a sudden, I have a whole mess of potential new material, when just last week I was worried I wouldn't be able to come up with anything ever again. So that's good, kinda.

Took this picture yesterday at Menards. The garden-center season is pretty close to being over, now that we're into July, but there are still plants to be had, for anybody who's interested. Annuals are 50% off now where I used to work, if I remember the e-mail newsletter properly. Probably no Pentas left, though.

Point of interest: Pentas is both plural and singular. I won't say where, but I have seen signs at a garden center in the area extolling the virtues of the "Penta," which made me die a little inside. The same place was also really pushing the "springrey" ferns (the correct version is sprengeri, meaning: named for Sprenger) which didn't make me die inside but did make the baby Jesus cry. The first step in pretending to be a garden center is being able to write down the names of the plants you're selling, y'all. (Or at least it oughta be the first step. Yes I know I am being a pedantic jerk.)

We didn't have Pentas where I used to work in 2008, but we did get some in for 2009. They were . . . okay. I never quite figured out the appeal -- big balls of flowers (Pentas, Hydrangea, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana) don't usually get me excited. I hear butterflies like Pentas, and I'm happy for the butterflies, though.


GardenJoy4Me said...

Dear Mr. S.
This is a new plant to me .. very pretty indeed, so thank you !
P.S. I agree about the correct plant ID issue .. "you would think they would know ?" LOL

Clara said...

What fun! You have such a cool sense of humor. Your blog is a delight.

sheila said...

I've grown pentas for several years, when I can find them. I like them because you get a nice shrub with decent-sized flowers (at least some of the pentas are shrub size, I think some can be smaller though). And they deal beautifully with being ignored, quite drought tolerant, unlike most other tropical looking things. I especially like the red ones. I love all bright red tropical flowers.

Dee said...

Well the big balls of flowers like hydrangea make my heart speed up so I thought this was just lovely...and your commentary very entertaining as well. Happy 4th of July!