Plants are the Strangest People

PATSP is a long-winded, intermittently humorous blog which is mostly about houseplants, particularly Anthuriums.


There are frequent posts / discussions about orchids in this blog


  • Announcements

    Plants are the Strangest People Jun 1, 2019 | 10:00 am

    One: the article I mentioned writing last year for the Old Farmer's Almanac Garden Guide is out; print copies have been available on their website for a few months. I've also heard of print copies being available in actual stores, though I have yet to witness this in the wild. Two: you've probably figured this out already, but I think I'm done writing the blog. Or at least I'm going to stop

  • Anthurium no. 1733 "Jayyvon Monroe"

    Plants are the Strangest People Feb 5, 2019 | 11:00 am

    Jayyvon isn't doing anything bizarre that needs explanation like 1332 Alexis Gabrielle Sherrington or 1715 Tyler Linoleum; I'm giving him a post anyway because he's so pretty. Seed parent is 0108 Deena Sequins, who herself was descended from the NOID purple, so that might explain the color. 'Krypton' could be in the mix somewhere as well: Jayyvon looks a lot like 'Krypton.' The leaves are

  • Anthurium no. 1332 "Alexis Gabrielle Sherrington"

    Plants are the Strangest People Jan 19, 2019 | 11:00 am

    And then I caught a cold, so there went another week. This year I seem to be catching every single illness that's going around: cross your fingers for me that the flu shot works this year.1 So. Alexis. Alexis is mostly notable for being a color combination that I wouldn't have guessed possible and have never seen before: green and orange. Which more or less speaks for itself, I think. I mean,

  • Anthurium no. 1409 "Ramona West"

    Plants are the Strangest People Jan 5, 2019 | 11:00 am

    From time to time, a seedling will do a little fake-out, making me think that I'm getting one kind of bloom and then actually delivering another. 0330 Faye Quinette was one of the first of these, producing a brown bud that became an orange spathe, and 1731 Robyn Millyonz was another (green bud became a beigey spathe), and now we have Ramona. This was the bud: And here's what I got: (And just

  • Anthurium no. 1715 "Tyler Linoleum"

    Plants are the Strangest People Dec 30, 2018 | 11:00 am

    So now I'm faced with a sort of problem. It's a completely optional problem, but it's still a problem. The thing is that there's a completely unreasonable number of unblogged Anthurium seedlings,1 and most of them are not interesting on their own, at all. I could possibly make them interesting by talking about some other, barely related thing and ignoring the seedlings entirely, but that's kind

  • Explanation

    Plants are the Strangest People Dec 19, 2018 | 14:59 pm

    Intended to be posting Anthurium photos by now, but I got sick, then my computer monitor died and had to be replaced, then I got sick with something else that was worse than the first thing, then the computer's power supply blew up and the computer was dead and had to be replaced, and so on. So posts are coming, but I'm going to have to get my life back to normal first; it's unclear how long

  • The 2017-18 Schlummies (New Seedling awards)

    Plants are the Strangest People Dec 12, 2018 | 11:00 am

    At long last. . . . Most Floriferous New Seedling (2017-18) Most Floriferous is a straightforward category: either the plant produces lots of flowers or it doesn't. Not a lot of ambiguity to it. Granted, I don't count them, so it's possible the seedling that produced the most flowers has never actually won, but in principle there's objectivity. In any case, this year it was pretty easy to guess

  • The 2017-18 Schlummies (Returning awards)

    Plants are the Strangest People Dec 3, 2018 | 11:00 am

    At long last, about six months too late, we have the 2017-18 Schlummies. This post will cover the awards for seedlings that bloomed in previous years, and then the next post will deal with 2017-18's seedlings. Sound good?1 Most Improved Returning Seedling (2014-15 Season) "Most Improved" has turned out to be a rougher category than I initially anticipated; I'm never sure whether to choose

  • Schlumbergera seedlings: assorted (end of 2017-18 season)

    Plants are the Strangest People Nov 26, 2018 | 14:17 pm

    Last four to name: 172A Proverbs 22:16 Seed parent: NOID magenta Explanation: There's a lot in Proverbs that I'm not all that crazy about, like for example the verse just before this one,1 but 22:16 ("One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich — both come to poverty."2) seems pretty darn timely, and has I think been historically demonstrated as well

  • Schlumbergera seedlings: assorted (for a third time)

    Plants are the Strangest People Nov 19, 2018 | 11:00 am

    Had kind of an odd week, so I didn't make much progress on the seedling names,1 but we can deal with half of the ones that are left, at least. Perhaps I can make up for the low number of seedlings by showing you more photos than usual? 157A Kapow Seed parent: NOID peach Explanation: The NOID peach's offspring have been almost entirely disappointing: many died early, the ones that didn't die