I’m not big on shopping, but last year I had two mad spending sprees: decorative boxes at Michaels (they rope you in by offering a 40% off coupon every time you buy something) and plants for under $5 at Canadian Tire.
I picked up most of the plants from the Eaton Centre location, just south of Tiny Flower, during my lunch hour strolls.
I really like the contrasting white and green of the dumb cane leaves. I bought quite a few plants (possibly 4 but I can’t remember). One survived, only to be attacked by thrips at the same time that I was dealing with them on the ponytail palm.
Thankfully, the dumb cane had a better outcome.
I liked the shape of this mammillaria pilcayensis or bristle brush cactus.
This one was labelled ferocactus wislizeni. I found it at the Yonge and Church street location with two closed up blooms. I thought that if I managed to get it home without the blooms dropping off, it would have more of a chance of opening than under the dim lights of the store.
I was attracted to the thick leaves and red tinge of this kalanchoe longiflora coccinea.
Wish I’d looked closer at this chalkstick plant before I bought it.
And I really wish I hadn’t passed on this ponytail palm (I didn’t know the cost, but I assume it was more than $5), especially in light of what happened to my other one. Will keep my eyes open for more this coming spring.