October 18, 2012
A Glimpse at my Houseplants
Last Saturday, I had a dinner party at my home in Bedford. It was a very pleasant gathering and the company and the food was wonderful. Today's blog focuses a bit on the party decor, specifically the gorgeous potted plants that adorned the rooms of my house. Most of these plants, I have had for years, nurturing them in my greenhouse. I feel so fortunate to have such an amazing collection of extraordinary plants to share with my guests and especially enjoy for myself.
1 As he does for whenever I entertain, Ryan McCallister, my gardener, chooses the nicest houseplant specimens from the greenhouse to decorate for the party.
2 Ryan chooses a pleasing combination of potted begonias, succulents, ferns, orchids, and other plants with great foliage.
3 This wonderful plant placed in a faux bois planter in the brown dining room is a bat plant, that can be found growing wild in the tropical forests of the Yunnan Province in China.
4 This is a photo of the bat plants bloom taken last August. The center of this unique flower looks remarkably like the face of a bat, not to mention the wings, tail, and whiskers.
5 In two corners of the brown room, Ryan placed a couple of beautiful topiaries in some stately urns. They are a type of brush cherry, or syzygium, a member of the myrtle family.
6 A lovely orchid in full bloom
7 A wonderful begonia in the other faux bois planter
8 Between the kitchen and the servery, there is a matching pair of marble urns. Ryan chose a set of jade plants for here.
9 The wicker planters in the canary room were adorned with snake plants. In its native tropics, this evergreen perennial forms dense stands, spreading by way of creeping rhizomes. I love its serpentine qualities.
10 A wonderful succulent - tall, spiky, and expressive
11 Another view
12 Ryan also decorated the canary room with some terrific orchids. This is an impressive lady's slipper.
13 And another in a tufa pot
14 A great spider orchid
15 A table by the front door was decorated with potted staghorn ferns and another begonia with beautiful foliage.
16 A closeup of that begonia foliage - Variegated green on one side and cranberry red on the other
17 This great serpentine plant is called Euphorbia Medusa - so aptly named.
18 The sunlight caught this colorful begonia in the corner by another door.
19 Another begonia between two armchairs
20 Variegated ivy on a demilune side table
21 An extraordinary maidenhair fern on a pedestal in the green parlor
22 Antique plant stands with begonias and kalanchoe
23 More begonias on a side table
24 And another great pair of ferns flanked the fireplace.