Lusting in Ft. Lauderdale

Lusting in Ft. Lauderdale


Lusting in Ft. Lauderdale


It’s January; cold, dreary, sometimes icy.  The holidays are over; now starts the time of year my husband calls “the dark ages”.  Now close your eyes. Think of mild, sunny days, light breezes, and the fresh scent of rain in the air.  Nice fantasy.  But wait—do I hear a steel drum band?

While parts of the country were buried under ice and snow, during the third week in January, Florida was that fantasy.  It was reported that it was the only state that didn’t have snow on the ground somewhere.  For one week in January the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition comes to Ft. Lauderdale.  Five hundred vendors of all things tropical fill the convention center.  Plant breeders and nurseries growing foliage and blooming plants lay out elaborate displays to tempt and tantalize attendees.   Every year new varieties are developed; new colors, textures, shapes, and sizes of foliage or flowers are tweaked to dazzle the interiorscape or retail industry.  For example, if you are a colorful plant addict like me, one of the coolest is one called a neoregelia bromeliad.       Breeders have developed hundreds of colors and combinations, many of which will be called a name.  As I was salivating at the Oglesby booth, a rep engaged me in conversation.  I remarked, “I think of plant breeders as sitting up nights watching their plants make love, and naming the offspring after their mothers.”  He said, “Why, I’ve done that!”  I love it!

In the “best of the new plants” award room, you’ll see the winners displayed like little Miss Americas.  Their talents might be new colors or sizes or shapes.  Pineapple "Mini Me" ,  Alocasia "Black Magic",  Ludisia (Jewel Orchid) "You're so Vein"   But it may take a long time for that plant to be grown in enough quantities for it to reach the retail market.  Amongst last years’ winners was a kalanchoe called “Fantastic”. Talk about fantastic variegation! But none were available all last year.  This year, there were some nurseries growing them,  but after an unknown (greedy!) entity snagged 1000 of them, all we could get was a dozen.  For a plant addict like me, that’s like getting one tiny bite of a warm chocolate chip cookie!  More, more!  One look at that plant, and I knew our customers and sales staff would go apes#%t over it.  I want to give our customers that "oooo so cool " experience.  So as we peruse the show, we're thinking about the design possibilities and applications of a plant, but sometimes I just want one of my very own. 

One trend that is gaining popularity is the concept of the green wall.  To state it simply, plants are either staged or planted in a vertical space, outdoors in milder climates, or indoors year round.  We saw this configuration that can be two-sided; therefore suitable as a room divider.  The design possibilities are endless.  Foliage plants or colorful bromeliads could easily be used to create a cheerful addition to offices or public spaces.      Vertical spaces.. foliage..... Hmmmmmm 

There’s so much to see, so much to learn.  Here is pure heaven in the plant addicts’ universe. Amazing, outrageous, enticing, seductive, exclusive, luscious, textural pettable, ostentatious and architectural, sweet and petite.   Bedazzling and beguiling, sure to keep you smiling.            Oh yes, and houseplants grow as hedges down there.  It's kinda like meeting a celebrity:  "oooo Mr. Croton, I've seen you in a pot!"   You want to touch them, feel them, smell them, fondle them, and admire them.  Go ahead. You never know what you’ll find under those fronds!

5 comments (Add your own)

1. Dale wrote:
OMG! That's plant porno!

Fri, February 4, 2011 @ 6:55 PM

2. wrote:
I think someone had too much fun in Florida!

Mon, February 7, 2011 @ 4:00 PM

3. Chris Jansen wrote:
with this snowy weather we've been having it's a little glimpse of summer reading your blog! Thank you!

Mon, February 7, 2011 @ 4:56 PM

4. Natalie wrote:
Someone has been drinking in too much sun...having such winter fun. I'm sure you're making the snow drifts melt with tears of laughter!

Tue, February 15, 2011 @ 9:10 PM

5. Patty wrote:
All those plants and flowers are beautiful! Those plants are way taller than you Tami!

Fri, March 4, 2011 @ 7:41 PM

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