#houseplants

TPP Workshop Series: Houseplant Care + Culture Sun. 3/17 12-2pm!

Houseplants.  Workshop.  Silver Lake, Los Angeles.  The Plant Provocateur supplying Silver Lake, Echo Park, Atwater Village, and Los Feliz.

Spring is almost here! Get into it! I’m so ready for spring. What an amazing time to feel the healing positive vibes of plants. The Plant Provocateur is offering a workshop for those interested in growing and knowing houseplants. Houseplants can freshen an environment, reduce stress, and improve well-being. It's time to have some in your life, don't you think?!  Come learn about various hip houseplants to grow, how to care for them, and add some houseplant style to your lifestyle profile.

This workshop features:

  • The Plant Provocateur talking about Houseplants (types, aspects of growing: soil, light, water, fertilizing)

  • Q + A (bring your questions)

  • Each participant receives their very own 6” plant + container to plant up

  • Each participant will be shown techniques for planting + plant their new plant

  • Each participant will receive 10% off any additional shop purchases on day workshop is held

  • Refreshment of your choice from Muddy Paw Coffee provided by The Plant Provocateur Proceeds from purchased refreshments go to MPC’s chosen Pet Rescue of the Month

Workshop fee is $50.  Workshop is limited to 6 people.  Tickets are available through the 'SHOP' menu above. 

Workshops are held on the patio at The Plant Provocateur shop in Silver Lake.  TPP is located at 3318 W. Sunset Blvd. on the back patio behind Muddy Paw Coffee at 3320 W. Sunset Blvd., next door to Night + Market Song Thai Restaurant.  Metered street parking is FREE on Sundays!

The Plant Provocateur Private Collection Plant Sale Event!!! June 13-14

|Heirloom Tomatoes + Tigridia pavonia|

|Heirloom Tomatoes + Tigridia pavonia|

It's time to kick off the summer season with some super cool offerings from the The Plant Provocateur shop.  The Plant Provocateur is bringing you the best of his private collection of hard to find, rare, heirloom, and unusual plants.  Some are drought tolerant; some are for the collector of all things cool and groovy in the plant world.  Are you a plant-a-holic?  When you see cool plants do you get weak in the knees?

Well, The Plant Provocateur has got a few things for your plant fix!  Heirloom and old fashion tomatoes are on the menu.  Got a lot of great varieties to choose from.  Funky bulbs like the brilliant Tigridia pavonia and deep black forest Calla lily will be in the mix.

|Aechmea sp. + Cereus forbesii|

|Aechmea sp. + Cereus forbesii|

What about some easy care, low-water tropicals?  Or Stunning drought tolerant plants that you don't see everywhere.  All kinds of plants will be offered!  The Plant Provocateur has got 'em!  Isn't it time to up the style of your plant profile with some horticultural hotness?!

|Stictocardia beraviensis + Sarracenia leucophylla|

|Stictocardia beraviensis + Sarracenia leucophylla|

The plants offered have either been privately grown or collected from The Plant Provocateur Botanical Garden or beyond!  Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th plants will be featured both on the shop patio shared with Muddy Paw Coffee and in The Plant Provocateur shop.  So, mark your calendars and get ready for the ultimate Plant Provocateur plantasy! 3318 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026.  This plant event can be found on the patio behind Muddy Paw Coffee at 3320 W. Sunset Blvd..  Shop hours: Sat 6/13 11am-6pm and Sun 6/14 12noon-5pm.  For additional info call the shop at 323-774-4836 during store hours. 

This Weekend 4/25-26 TPP Cut Flower Bunches $15!

Ok.  Time to get your cut flowers on.  First of all #findtpp come find The Plant Provocateur at 3318 W. Sunset Blvd. LA CA (Silver Lake) 90026.  Cross street is Micheltorena.  Next to the super amazing Night + Market Song Thai restaurant and behind #muddypawcoffee on the back patio.  Come and discover the newest secret in Silver Lake.  I'll be putting together cut flower bouq's and you can get 'em for $15!  I've got lots of cut flowers in stock and they need your love.  So bring it!  Shop hours Sat. 11-6 and Sun. 12-5.  Get 'em while you can!  They'll brighten these cloudy days.  Oh and if cut flowers aren't your thing The Plant Provocateur has got some pretty cool indoor plants too!  Plants for the People!

 

Give 2 Me Your Leather. Take From Me My Lace. - Alsobia dianthiflora

|Alsobia dianthiflora petal detail|

|Alsobia dianthiflora petal detail|

So lately, in my world, a hot topic has been super sexy houseplants.  I know that might sound a bit racy for some of you, but, I'm talking about houseplants that offer a little more than a lump of static greenery.  Now don't get me wrong, there are some outstanding green foliage houseplants out there.  You just gotta know where to look. In my travels this summer, I stumbled across a plant that I don't see too often.  Don't know if you've met?  Everyone...this is Alsobia dianthiflora.  Alsobia dianthiflora this is everyone.

|Alsobia dianthiflora floral profile|

|Alsobia dianthiflora floral profile|

In some circles, this gorgeous angel of elegance is referred to as Episcia dianthiflora and commonly in others as the Lace Flower Vine.  It is in the gesneriad family of plants.  You know some of Alsobia's common name cousins...African Violet and Gloxinia.  When I first saw the fringe and frill of its dreamy, illuminating ivory flowers I was a goner.   So elegant yet so savage.  Be still my horticultural heart!  Alsobia dianthiflora comes to us from the climes of places like southern Mexico and Costa Rica.  It is a perennial plant that is replete with sumptuously soft, downy deep green leaves and produces stunning white trumpet-like flowers, whose petals are detailed in a filigree of white foxy fringe.  As an added bonus, for those who like to look a bit closer, the throat of each flower is delicately spotted with dreamy drops of violet color.

|Alsobia dianthiflora foliage + flower + form|

|Alsobia dianthiflora foliage + flower + form|

Alsobia dianthiflora likes bright, indirect light, shady spots, and can tolerate a part-sun situation outdoors.  It vines up to around 3 feet long if it's happy and gets about 8" tall.  It's low and likes to stroll.  It likes to set its roots down in a well-draining, fertile soil and prefers regular water.  It's hardy down to around 35 degrees fahrenheit/1.6 degrees celsius, if outdoors.  I keep mine on the porch and let it creep and sprawl its way around.  Looks so luxurious that way.  It also does well indoors and makes for one sexy houseplant.  So if you're in the mood for a houseplant with a lush, plush, knight-in-white-satin kind of vibe... look for, find, and grow Alsobia dianthiflora. You can find them online here.  You might even find them at The Plant Provocateur. Huh?!  What's that you say?  Stay tuned...

Smokin' Hot Electric Lava Drops - Seemannia sylvatica

|Seemannia sylvatica - throat detail|

|Seemannia sylvatica - throat detail|

Have you ever stared down into the mouth of a volcano?  Take a closer look.  Can you feel the visual heat?  It makes me sweat with excitement just looking at it.  What you are looking at is the inside of the amazingly electric, tubular bell-like flowers of a plant from the Gesneriaceae family.  Same plant family as the African Violet.  Let me introduce you to 'Violet's' cousin from the new world tropics, Seemannia sylvatica also referred to as Gloxinia sylvatica and Bolivian Sunset.

|Seemannia slyvatica - foliage + form + flower|

|Seemannia slyvatica - foliage + form + flower|

Seemannia sylvatica comes to us from the eastern Bolivian slopes of the Andes.  It's a rhizomatous perennial that forms a trailing, yet bushy groundcover outfitted in narrow, satiny lance-like leaves.  Slight hairs on their surfaces give them that extra luster. Plants grow to around 2 feet by 2 feet in size.  When seasonal temperatures are on the cool side, Seemannia sylvatica punctuates its plush stems and foliage with lusciously luminous flowers that are symbolic of smokin'-hot-electric-lava-drops.  The color demands to be visually tasted, leaving you stimulated by its electric eruption of deliciousness. And if that weren't enough, the flowers continue to intoxicate with their stunningly seductive yellow-orange throats speckled with volcanic visions of rich, riotous red.

|Seemannia sylvatica - bud + bloom|

|Seemannia sylvatica - bud + bloom|

Seemannia sylvatica likes to luxuriate in part sun/bright light conditions with regular moisture and, ideally, some humidity.  It likes to grow in fertile, well-draining soil and is a colorful candidate to grow indoors as well as out.  It is fairly hardy down to 30 degrees fahrenheit/-1 degrees celsius.  Another thing to note is that it can get scorched and wilt in hot, dry conditions.

I first saw Seemannia sylvatica in the Conservatory at The Huntington Botanical Gardens.  Stopped me in my tracks.  If you want to check it out in bloom, visit late autumn through spring to catch the light show.  This is definitely one stylish plant to know and grow.  If you can find it (I've only seen it available online), get yourself one and bask in its electric awesomeness!