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


  • Ugh.

    Plants are the Strangest People Oct 13, 2017 | 10:00 am

    Still no acceptable camera replacement. It turns out that if an Amazon third-party seller doesn't feel like responding to any of your messages, and doesn't provide Amazon with tracking information for their package, there's not really any way to find out if they actually have the product they're offering, or whether it's been shipped, or whether it might be shipped in the future. And you can't

  • Anthurium nos. 1752 "Reyna Terra Esova" and 0642 "Bianca Donk"

    Plants are the Strangest People Oct 9, 2017 | 10:00 am

    So this camera-replacement thing is going on way too long, and I'm very frustrated about it. You'd think it would be as simple as going to Amazon and finding a third-party seller who had the camera,1 finding somebody with the best balance between camera condition, buyer ratings, and price, and then ordering it. But no. After a week, I have no camera, no evidence that the seller has actually

  • Anthurium nos. 1344 "Boeff Stroganoff" and 1437 "Darah Landon"

    Plants are the Strangest People Oct 3, 2017 | 10:00 am

    The ongoing camera crisis appears to be near resolution, though in a sort of weird way: I've elected to order a replacement for the old Olympus and return the new Canon. This feels weird, because the Canon is a superior camera in basically every way, but it turns out not to be superior in the way that actually matters: the ability to get close-up images of Anthurium and Schlumbergera flowers with

  • Anthurium nos. 0645 "Mabel Syrup" and 1721 "Leonid the Magnificent"

    Plants are the Strangest People Sep 29, 2017 | 10:00 am

    So the new camera isn't exactly working out badly, but I'm still having a really difficult time with the color balance. Like the previous camera, there are preset options for "cloudy," "incandescent," "fluorescent," etc., in addition to an "automatic" color option; unlike the previous camera, none of the new camera's options are good at accurate color reproduction. In fact, "auto" is surprisingly

  • Anthurium no. 1634 "Helena Handbag"

    Plants are the Strangest People Sep 23, 2017 | 10:00 am

    So, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that the average quality of the photos I post here will probably, and I stress probably, improve in the next few months. The bad news is that A) it might not, B) even if it does I'm not sure you'll actually notice, and C) it's because the camera I'd been using for the last few years abruptly died on me this week and I've been scrambling to find

  • Anthurium no. 1103 "Valeria T."

    Plants are the Strangest People Sep 21, 2017 | 10:00 am

    I'm pretty sure this is one of my own names, and no drag queens currently perform as "Valeria T.," but I still found Twitter, Flickr, Yelp, YouTube, Facebook, and other accounts on-line under this name, so who knows. The intended reference doesn't really have anything to do with anything and isn't even the right color, so 1103's a lot more likely than most seedlings to get her name changed at

  • Anthurium no. 1419 "Maya Douglas"

    Plants are the Strangest People Sep 19, 2017 | 10:00 am

    The real Maya Douglas would probably not be impressed with her namesake seedling. All I knew about her when I started this post was that she is a pageant queen, and they tend not to be the ones I like the best;1 the stereotype is that they're so focused on achieving a perfect, polished appearance that they are often short on personality or other skills, so I didn't have high expectations when I

  • Anthurium no. 0886 "Zaria Baudit"

    Plants are the Strangest People Sep 17, 2017 | 10:00 am

    Zaria Baudit, obviously, is best co-planted with Schlumbergera 096A I'm Really Sorry.1I like Zaria's color, though it feels kind of unlucky. I suppose a lot of the seedlings of any given color wind up getting thrown out, but it feels like the purple-reds and purple-pinks do so more often. Maybe it just feels worse because it's an interesting color.The leaves are unusually big, which I like,

  • Anthurium no. 1594 "Roxy-Cotten Candy"

    Plants are the Strangest People Sep 16, 2017 | 20:27 pm

    Before you ask: yes, that's how it's spelled. I checked. (This is actually pretty smart, because although search engines will try to correct the spelling, if you say no, you stupid search engine, I typed it that way on purpose how dare you question me, almost all the results delivered are actually for the drag queen. Imagine coming up with a way to get a search engine to deliver relevant results!

  • More re: Anthurium 1707 "Kandy Ho"

    Plants are the Strangest People Sep 14, 2017 | 10:00 am

    The husband has observed that The Cars released an album (and song) in 1979 named "Candy-O," which is possibly the intended reference, not prostitution. He didn't understand the word "ho" to necessarily indicate prostitution in the first place, even, which surprises me but people use words differently sometimes. So maybe I got all uncomfortable over nothing? Or sort of nothing? Maybe Kandy Ho