Indoor Plant Sale Medley

Today’s photograph and write-up were both done by Ruth Sanborn:

Drum roll please…It’s about time I formally introduce myself as the newest member of the photo of the day team. I will be submitting articles as well as the occasional photo and look forward to your comments and questions. I am originally from New Hampshire and have spent the last 5 years in California completing my undergraduate studies in Horticulture. I have recently moved to BC to fall in love — with a research laboratory at the Center for Plant Research, that is. I will be applying to the Faculty of Graduate Studies next autumn assuming I find that certain special research topic. In the meantime, please keep your gorgeous photos as well as your dialogue coming. I look forward to a fun year with Photo of the Day. Cheers!

As Daniel wrote yesterday, the Friends of the Garden are hosting their annual indoor plant sale at the Botanical Garden, until Friday to 6pm (doors open at 11am). I went shopping for a thing or two today, and came home with a car packed full of projects. With the helpful volunteers staffing the sale, I selected a handful of succulents with which to build a container garden. I also found some gorgeous Rex begonias and a basket that I filled with gourds for an autumn table arrangement. There was a steady stream of people browsing and purchasing plants, but there are still many choice plants left! Don’t miss this inspirational event!

Indoor Plant Sale Medley

29 responses to “Indoor Plant Sale Medley”

  1. Daniel Mosquin

    I’ll be teaching Ruth how to make her own postings soon enough — for the meantime, excuse any confusion caused by the format where I post her entries.
    I should add that this photograph was taken outside on the patio adjoining the reception centre.
    Oh, and if you are enterprising and want to go ahead and ID the plants in the photograph, please do so. I’ll start — the plant that looks like green beads in the foreground is Senecio rowleyanus, with a common name of string of beads.

  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Ah, and the miniature yellow pansies in the centre-left are from a hanging basket in the distance.

  3. Ewa

    I am smashed with the beauty of the composition… thanks for inspiration – I will try to make something similar 🙂

  4. phillip

    ……great wallpaper for an aquarium…
    ……hi lady ruth…its gonna be a good day for plants…

  5. phillip

    ….hens and chicks…

  6. Wendy Cutler

    Daniel wrote:
    “Oh, and if you are enterprising and want to go ahead and ID the plants in the photograph, please do so”.
    I’m not all that enterprising, but I can so rarely identify anything that I may as well add the two I recognize – I may never get such a chance again. The one in the front right drooping off the side is String of Hearts, also called Rosary Vine – Ceropegia woodii. And the tall backdrop is a Sansevieria, one of 130-140 species and cultivars, none of which can I identify. Common names are mother-in-law’s tongue and snake plant.

  7. Erich in Spain

    At the risk of embarrassing myself on my first post, I’ll still stick my neck out with the easy one and say that the medium height bright green plants in center, left and right sure look like Rosemary, called Romero here is Spain and seen everywhere as a fragrant and hearty addition in most gardens.

  8. j

    greetings from philadelphia!
    welcome, ruth!

  9. TC

    Hi and welcome Ruth!
    I’ve been following Daniel’s work here for some time and I know you’ll be an added benefit.

  10. Susanne

    Beautiful container!! My first question was: what’s all in there. If we keep guessing, will you, Ruth, or Daniel let us know in the end what’s right???
    The plant on the right with the heart shaped leaves I have seen before, I am thinking Dicentra, common name something with “heart” in it.
    OK, so how far of am I??

  11. Susanne

    Oh and of course there is the little pink bromeliad in front also.

  12. terri shane

    FABULOUS is all I can say! Thank you!!

  13. Connie

    What beautiful pictures. Thank you. I only found y’all yesterday.
    It looks like the Sansevieria is not planted in the same container as the low things. Am I right? And would all those little lovelies truly thrive together like that? How often do you water? And, do you water ’til the water runs out the bottom?
    Thank you.

  14. Scott McGillivray

    Welcome to the greatest place on Earth Ruth…I think that the tall tree in the background is a birch tree…risky guess….nice pic, thanks, and good luck….Scott in New West

  15. elizabeth a airhart

    hi ruth i am in florida
    west central florida
    watching the hurricanes
    swirl around the state
    do i see what we call asparagus fern
    i really do enjoy the links
    i have been useing the old curtis
    magazine site then put the name
    into search and see if the plant
    is alive in 2008
    take good care of the little folk
    and the fairys in the garden

  16. Flavia Bernard

    Welcome Ruth. I have most of the plants in the container but will try your composition, which looks great.

  17. Douglas Justice

    Scott, the tall trees in the background, which are barely visible, are Acer macrophyllum (bigleaf maple). They are very large–about 25m (80′) tall and probably close to 80 years old. They are quite a distance away, which might explain why a leaf that typically grows 30 to 40 cm (12″-15″) across might be confused with those of a birch.

  18. Charlotte

    Great pictures – wish I could come to your sale!

  19. cody

    The little bromeliad is a Cryptanthus cultivar. They are commonly called “earth stars.” I also see several succulents from the jade plant family (Crassulaceae), one or more of which may be an Echeveria, though that’s just a wild guess; I am no good at identifying genera from that family! I think the thing in the center of the container that looks like an erect fleshy green log with skinny little branches is a cactus. Opuntiodieae maybe?

  20. jenn


  21. steve

    I hope they aren’t all in one container, I think the moisture requirements would be different.

  22. Lynn

    The three ‘ferny’ plants-one o on either sideand one in the middle,that I think you are referring to as asparagus fern are Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ COPF, USPPP from Plant Haven. A versatile low-growing, evergreen succulent. The needle-like foliage is vibrant golden-yellow all spring and summer, only to turn a striking orange in fall and through winter. It stays low at 4-6″ with a 1-2’spread. I believe it has a z4 hardiness rating. Yellow flowers in the summer are a bonus, but I love it for the foliage alone. It is perfect to use as a ‘spill-over’ plant in containers and hanging baskets, as a groundcover, or a vivid addition to a sunny mixed border. It has enjoyed huge commercial success and is offered all over the world. It has an unusual habit of ‘beheading’ itself, and you will find small tips of the stems on the ground, without any detrement to the plant. Does anyone know why this happens? It’s not a problem, just curious.

  23. elizabeth a airhart

    thank you lynn
    this plant has a really interesting background
    i live zone 9

  24. tamberly

    help, please what are the tall long pointy plants in the back some with yellow borders

  25. saman

    nice plant and photos

  26. Daniel Mosquin

    tamberly, sorry for the late reply — just getting to the emails from last summer when I was away. Those are Sanseveria, but I’m afraid I don’t know the identity beyond that.

  27. Shobe

    Wonderful! I’d be glad to become as big as Thumbelina to look closer to each beautiful collection of plants 🙂

  28. nafisa

    its really awesome….. i like it…. both the presentation …..

  29. sewatanaman

    Nice sansivera

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