No Bed of Roses?

No Bed of Roses?

          Have you reached the state of mind where if you get one more tired-out-been-there-done-that-soon-to be-blasted-out bouquet of roses that you’re going to march right down to your lawyer’s office and file for divorce?  YIKES!!  Get a grip--there is a better way.

          You could instead drop a few not-so-subtle hints. Let me show you some alternative choices that not only will last much longer than the standard bouquet of roses, but also make your valentine marvel at your creative selections. 

          Let’s start with the sweet and petite.  Here we have a lovely bunch of violets.  With some bright light and plant food made for blooming, these ladies will give you delicate color as they grow and grow.  Here’s a plant obviously made for the month of love.  It’s called a heart fern and just look at those heart-shaped leaves!  Being a fern, it likes medium light and humidity.  Touch it—the leaves have a fuzzy texture!

          Here’s a plant that is easy to dress up for the occasion.  It’s called an anthurium.  These large-flowered varieties are usually seen in several colors.  Here are some in the traditional valentines’ ones.  How about burgundy, white, pink, and bright red.  These guys like bright indirect light and like to almost dry out between watering. The blooms are long-lasting, and if fed a little, will continue to make flowers.          

          If you love is a free spirit, why not give them a wild and fragrant jasmine?  This plant looks gorgeous spilling over a container.  This plant is cool because it blooms in the winter.  Take it outside in the spring where it will get a little sun but shade in the hottest part of the day.  Cut back the stems in the fall when you bring it in, then let it hang out by a sunny window.  You will be rewarded with this show next winter.

          Here are some more choices that send out “buy me for valentine’s day” hints.  Azaleas will give you a month or so of color.  This guzmania bromeliad is called “Deb”.  I like the delicate shading in her color.  Another bromeliad choice is this Neoregelia called “Cotton Candy”. The pink and green look so fresh together.  Deb will keep her good looks for 2-3 months, and Cotton Candy for many more. 

          Does your valentine lean toward the exotic?  Here are two choices to fill that need.  For a tall and textural statement, here’s an orchid that grows long spikes of flowers paired with an interesting succulent and pot.  Here’s a Chinese evergreen plant bred to have color in its leaves and stems.  I love the way the sun backlights the pink and burgundy, and looks awesome in this tall teal pot. 

          Is your valentine just plain kinky?  Here’s something you don’t see every day.  It’s called a sansevaria braid.  If you’re familiar with the plant called the “mother-in-laws-tongue”, this is just a form that has cylindrical leaves.  Super easy to care for, it likes to get quite dry between watering. 

          Wow your valentine this year with one of these fun plants!

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