Please welcome two new guests. Starting from the left to the right: a Mickey Mouse cactus and a rubber plant, courtesy of the San Francisco Flower Mart. I’ve been on a hunt for new houseplants and had a field day making my selections.
The disc-like shape of the Mickey Mouse cactus was comical and unexpected at first sight. After chatting with the shopkeeper, I learned that the cactus will grow ears. The number of ears is a mystery but a Google image search yields humorous and unpredictable results (Mutant Mickeys!). I also learned that each ear can propagate when cut from the main cactus pad so I’m wondering how many Mickeys can be made by the end of the year. As far as the rubber plant goes, the maintenance is a bit different from some of my other houseplants. In addition to watering the plant, it is common to wipe down its leaves as they are thick and rubbery and have a tendency to collect dust and residue from the elements. In a way, this plant feels a bit like furniture.
As I mentioned above, I found these guys at the San Francisco Flower Mart. It’s a place that has a lot of history – its origins date back to the late 1800s where local growers would bring their flowers to sell to various retailers. Currently, the Mart holds different hours for the public later in the day. I arrived close to 11AM on a Saturday. Although some of the stalls were closed during my visit, the selection seemed diverse and bountiful. I’m very curious about the Mart’s offerings during the earlier wholesale hours – Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2am to 10am and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 5am to 10am.
A small sampling of the Mart’s selections:
In other news, the young parsley from the previous post have matured and grown big enough to incorporate into a meal – a few generous sprinkles of green to go on top of grilled fish from the local fish market. Not bad for balcony parsley given the strange weather changes in San Francisco – ranging from cold stormy nights to really warm sunny days from this past week. Next time, I want to try growing flat-leaf parsley.