Saturday, August 12, 2017

Anthurium no. 1213 "Miss Foozie"

Miss Foozie is a Chicago entertainer, with a Wikipedia page, YouTube channel, and even a IMDb page, on top of all the usual stuff like Facebook and Twitter and what have you, and I gather she's kind of a big deal. I wasn't familiar with her before this, but then, I'm not in Chicago, and don't spend much time in gay bars or at Pride parades or whatever, so that's sort of to be expected.

Miss Foozie apparently doesn't consider herself a drag queen; her Twitter description emphasizes that she is a "character artist" without mentioning drag at all, and the Wikipedia article goes out of its way to say she's not a drag queen ("Today, Miss Foozie is not a 'drag queen'. She is a 'personality.'" [sic]). Why? Is there a story there? No idea.

In any case. The seedling has turned out to be more interesting and pleasant than it first appeared. The first bloom never managed to completely unfurl its spathe,

which was unexpected, since it seemed to be otherwise pretty well-developed. Not the most interesting bloom: pink's a fine color but I have a lot of pink-spathed seedlings already, and there was thrips damage later on,

so I figured Miss Foozie the seedling would be a pretty easy one to discard. But then a second bud appeared, and developed into a much larger inflorescence, without significant thrips scarring, and with green "ears"1 on the spathe. Which was actually really pleasant.

So, when I saw that the seedling was hanging on by a single root, and needed to be repotted or it would die, I went ahead and moved it to a 4-inch pot. That wasn't very long ago (28 July), so I don't know whether she's going to get herself back together yet, but I'm rooting for her. (So to speak.)

The foliage is mostly pretty good; it has an odd texture to it (not bad odd, just . . . different), and it looks like the thrips haven't been able to attack it much.

So I guess Miss Foozie's a keeper if she wants to be. It'll take a while before I know one way or the other, though.

Worth noting that the green-ears thing was just mentioned a few posts ago, in the post for 1224 Perry Watkins, and Miss Foozie looks even more like 'Pandola' (large, broad pink spathes with a thin margin of green on the ears) than Perry did. In both cases, I'm frustrated that the green doesn't show up in photos any better than it does -- in person, it seems like the color is much more obvious.

The next post will be 1299 Sinthia D Meanor, a.k.a. The Really Weird One. I'm excited. Are you excited?


1 "Ears" seems like a really bad way to describe the location, and yet, it's apparently what Anthurium specialists say, and I'm unable to come up with something more appropriate besides "lobes." And "lobes" doesn't strike me as any clearer about the location than "ears" is, so ears it is, I guess. But it still bothers me.

1 comment:

Virginia said...

Yes! I'm excited!