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


  • Schlumbergera seedling no. 018 (again)

    Plants are the Strangest People Feb 17, 2018 | 11:00 am

    Ever since the Schlumbergera seedlings began to bloom, I have regretted planting multiple seedlings in the same pot. It's especially annoying with plants whose blooms vary according to environmental conditions during development, and seedlings coming from the same cross, because I can never tell whether I'm looking at a single variable seedling or two different but really similar seedlings. This

  • It's been almost a month

    Plants are the Strangest People Feb 13, 2018 | 11:00 am

    and I haven't written a new post yet. Sorry. Still here, still intending to blog.I do at least have name finalists chosen for a lot of the Schlumbergera seedlings, so once I start again, I should be able to rip through those pretty quickly. Not sure what to do with the Anthuriums; with a few exceptions, the blooms are mostly repeating themselves, which is a problem, and the second problem is

  • Question for the Hive Mind, Dynasty Edition

    Plants are the Strangest People Jan 19, 2018 | 15:31 pm

    A few weeks back, the husband and I started watching the original Dynasty1 on Amazon. I don't remember wanting to watch it when it originally ran, but it wouldn't have mattered if I had, because I was a child and it was forbidden. I was nevertheless very aware of the show, because it was a big deal (Dynasty was the top-rated show across all networks in the 1984-85 season, and in the top ten for

  • Anthurium nos. 0818 "Miss P" and 1541 "Miss Bounce"

    Plants are the Strangest People Jan 8, 2018 | 11:00 am

    Oof. Where to begin?I'm not saying I'm back yet, because I don't think I'm quite up to that, but it's been almost a month now and I figured I should check in. What happened was: camera died, and then I spent about two months trying to get a suitable replacement, which took enough time and energy that I was constantly feeling like things were never going to get back to normal. And then the

  • Anthurium no. 1589 "Anita Waistline"

    Plants are the Strangest People Dec 12, 2017 | 11:00 am

    Hello again.So I've gotten to the point where the camera and I are sort of getting along (except for the speck of something that's gotten into the lens, which I haven't done anything about yet because I don't want to send the camera away while there are Schlumbergera seedlings blooming for the first time, lest I miss the chance to document the flowers entirely). The adjustment process has been

  • Anthurium no. 1592 "Maliena B Itchcock"

    Plants are the Strangest People Nov 27, 2017 | 11:00 am

    Not quite sure what the correct form of the name is here. The "Maliena" part is consistent in internet searches, but the rest of it appears variously as:Bitchcock,B Itchcock,B. Itchcock,B ItchCock,B-itchcock, andb itchcock.And I could be leaving out a few variations.The no-period, separate initial, non-CamelCase, capitalized surname version seems to be what Maliena uses on her Facebook

  • Random plant event: Cyperus alternifolius

    Plants are the Strangest People Nov 14, 2017 | 11:00 am

    This is sort of two random plant events in one, actually. The first is that the Cyperus alternifolius plants in our east window started to bloom about a year ago.I mean, that photo is from January, but I assume it had been going on for a while before I got around to taking the picture. In any case, I was surprised that the plants would do this indoors, and even though the flowers aren't

  • More of the Same

    Plants are the Strangest People Nov 6, 2017 | 11:00 am

    A nice photo of Schlumbergera 070A Delia Webster. 070A appears to be campaigning pretty hard to win the Schlummy for Most Improved Returning Seedling, 2016-17 Season: it started blooming early (23 October), it's been blooming heavily and continuously since then, and the flower color seems a bit more intense this year besides.The Canon is now officially mine, paid for and everything, and we are .

  • Progress!

    Plants are the Strangest People Nov 5, 2017 | 16:03 pm

    I am still here. I also keep having unusual, somewhat urgent things happen that are of higher priority than the blog.Three camera-related developments:1) The Amazon third-party seller has removed the camera I tried to buy from their list of products, demonstrating, I guess, that they can be communicated with. Not by me, apparently, but by somebody. Amazon continues to tell me that the order

  • Still ugh.

    Plants are the Strangest People Oct 22, 2017 | 16:07 pm

    Looks like we're headed for either Plan B or plan G, as the person who offered to send an unused but functional camera (Plan D) has not responded to e-mail asking if the offer was still open. As it was a generous offer when first made, and I felt a little uncomfortable about considering it then, I feel like it would be bad of me to pester them with more inquiries, so I'm just going to let that