Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Spear On A Spree / Una Lanza Se Va De Juerga

La versión inglés está antes de una versión español.

LAST MONTH, WE moved our African Spear (Sansevieria Cylindrica) from the living room to the terrace. It had grown so huge that [I decided] it was taking up too much indoor space. The pot weighs a ton (maybe less), so it's a two-person job. Whose idea was it to buy classy ceramic pots for inside? (Oh, yeah... mine.)

But the plant is really happy on the terrace. Each year it's been sending up one flower stem that is then covered with deliciously fragrant spider-like flowers. It had already bloomed this year, but in celebration of its new digs, it decided to bloom again. I didn't even realize there was more than one flower stem when I photographed the blooms last week. San Geraldo told me he saw five or six. At last count, there were nine stems!

EL MES PASADO, movimos nuestra Lanza Africana (Sansevieria cilindrica) del salón a la terraza. La planta había crecido tanto [decidí] que estaba ocupando demasiado espacio dentro. La maceta pesa una tonelada (quizás menos), por lo que es un trabajo para dos personas. ¿De quién fue la idea de comprar elegantes macetas de cerámica para dentro? (Oh, sí ... el mío.)

Pero la planta está realmente feliz en la terraza. Cada año ha estado enviando un tallo de una flor que luego está cubierto con flores de araña deliciosamente fragantes. Ya había florecido este año, pero en celebración de su nuevo sitio, decidió florecer nuevamente. Ni siquiera me di cuenta de que había más de un tallo de flor cuando fotografié las flores la semana pasada. San Geraldo me dijo que vio cinco o seis. En el último recuento, ¡hubo nueve tallos!

LAST WEEK / LA SEMANA PASADA.


18 comments:

  1. The new buds remind me a bit of asparagus spears.....one if my favorite veggies.

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    1. mistress maddie:
      I've noticed a number of cacti and succulents with flower stems that look like asparagus. There was an enormous agave that bloomed in our neighborhood in Sevilla that I called the giant asparagus.

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  2. ooooooooooooooooooooh, purdy!

    @maddie - is that because an asparagus spear reminds you of something/someone else?

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    1. anne marie:
      Yes, purdy. As for your question to maddie, doesn't everything?

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  3. I'm with Maddie. I thought asparagus also. Very pretty. I planted seven houseplants last month. Unsurprisingly, the pothos is doing well. Of the other six plants, one decided that she didn't want to live outside of Walmart, so she committed slow suicide. Her brother is doing quite well. Another is depressed and losing his leaves. Maybe he's mourning the death of his lover, who knows with plants. The others are fine so far. I'm waiting to see how many will fall to the curse of my black thumb before I try to add another hapless bromeliad to the family.

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    1. Deedles:
      Check this out from 2012 (https://mitchellismoving.blogspot.com.es/2012/05/giant-asparagus-after-lunch.html). We used to buy Jerry's mother a big beautiful plant for her living room... every year. We'd replace the dead one each time we'd visit... until one year she told us she felt too guilty murdering another plant each year. She bought a big plastic one.

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    1. Debra:
      It really is. It warms my heart. A few years ago, it was a tiny little plant sitting on the dresser.

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  5. Such a very beautiful and happy plant.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Parsnip:
      Can't wait to see (and smell) that incredible collection of blooms. It really is happy.

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  6. A happy plant is a blooming plant!! Beautiful!

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    1. Jim:
      Our terrace is teeming with happiness right now. More photos to come.

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  7. Love that African Spear. Have you noticed that you selected plants that don't really branch? Or maybe they selected you.

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    1. Wilma:
      Our terrace is ery long but not very wide (330 sq ft but only about 6-feet deep), so we have been focusing on plants that don't spread too much. You'll notice I'm using raffia to train the African Spear to grow more vertically.

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  8. Bloom where you are planted, and bloom again if you like where you are.

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    1. Travel:
      We seem to have found happy places for all our plants. It's a bloom fest right now.

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  9. First time I've seen that plant

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    1. Adam:
      You've probably seen sansevieria (mother-in-law's tongue, snake plant). This is another variety (cylindrical snake plant). I had never seen it until we bought this one (when it was tiny). It's not uncommon to find it here.

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