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The gallery shelves with an assortment of small bonsai trees

Welcome to Plant Workshop, the online home for Monstera and Ponsonby
Plants
and Bonsai of New Zealand

Follow us on instagram at @ponsonbyplants

Ponsonby Plants is at 252d Ponsonby Road (Ponsonby)
Hours: 8:30 – 5 everyday (approx)

Monstera is at the City Works Depot (rear of Depot via Sale Street entrance)
Hours: 10- 6 everyday (approx)

You can contact Monstera at monstera (@) plantworkshop.org and contact PP at ponsonby (@) plantworkshop (dot) org. Enter your email (below, right) for notice of new posts. To search, scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find the search function.

Open June 1: Monstera

 

 

When supply meets demand…

Come visit our new flagship indoor plant shop at City Works Depot – Auckland City. Specialising in indoor greenery, succulents and cactus, bonsai, and orchids.

The shop resides in the dramatic architectural setting of “the hoppers,” with an extended terrarium-like structure that glows with light.

We’re a great gift shop, with heaps of other goodies too.

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Small ceramic pots make nice succulent dishes

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Full dish of treats

 

Nice succulent dishes, with cacti and porcelain ceramics. $38 each at Ponsonby Plants.

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mugo pine bonsai resting on shelf

 

A newly repotted mugo pine bonsai in a handsome purple-clay bonsai pot. Not for sale yet, needs to settle in.

At Ponsonby Plants, we’re now making our own hand-made pots. Here’s a shot of some, with good proper, huge, drain holes. No glaze yet, these are just raw, thrown pots. More to come…

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Grouping of Canna Lily

Now at Ponsonby Plants – beautiful, strong, bright lilies… in ruby, yellow, and dark orange.

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Manuka – in flower

 
 
Some recent trees introduced at Ponsonby Plants.

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The Monster – Ficus

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Japanese Maple (acer pal.)

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Japanese Cypress

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Echeveria in flower – en masse

Echeverias love to flower but the blooms are usually not much to look at. This echeveria is, however, a flowering sensation.

Now on sale – in bloom – at Ponsonby Plants… while they last.

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CLICK TO ENLARGE !

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Close-up

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Venus Fly Traps and Pitcher Plants now in stock

 

Come to Ponsonby Plants and see our new stock of carnivorous plants … and flowering frangipani !

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Venus and Mars

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Frangipani now in stock – and flowering

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Frangipani Flower

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Two-toned pink

Cacti have been busy flowering this last month. A few examples.

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Wait for it…

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From afar

 

A near perfect Aloe, awaiting customers at the door.

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Teeth Visible

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Jaws

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Just re-potteed (tricky job for sure!)

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(overhead)

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(in situ)

 

‘Mt Tiger’ Aloe is said to be a mini-ature form of millotii aloe. With narrow leaves and long white stripes and teeth, it’s shown here in a large pot as a dense mound of interwoven leaves.

Zoom in for a closer look by clicking on photo of choice.

Some shots of the ever-popular Phalaenopsis Orchid (aka ‘Moth Orchid’).

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Hand picked and in transit from nursery to Ponsonby Plants

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Assortment

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Stare-down

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A favorite (1)

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A favourite (2)

Juniper over rock in a vintage Hanmer (New Zealand) pot.

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(overhead)

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(front)

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Red (Japonica) from Japan

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White (Japonica), from Japan

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Example of bonsai style

 

From the rose family, the chaen-omeles are a deciduous flowing shrub related to the quince and often referred to as “flowering quince.” They have serrated leaves and clustering 5-petal flowers that are about 4cm in diameter.

With their lush bulbous flowers, the chaen-omeles make a nice keshiki. Two are shown here from Ponsonby Plants, in hand-made New Zealand pots.

The lower photo shows an example of a chaen-omeles in full bonsai style.

Perhaps best known in the sansevieria genus is the common snake plant (or mother-in-law’s tongue). But a much finer specimen/species is the Sansevieria cylindrica (aka, African spear). No more tongue: these have beautiful cylindrical (spear-like) leaves, which the baboons of Angola have been known to impale themselves on.

The write-up on Wikipedia reads:

Sansevieria cylindrica, also known as the Cylindrical Snake Plant, African Spear or Spear Sansevieria, is a succulent plant native to Angola.

S. cylindrica has striped, round leaves that are smooth and a green-gray color. A single leaf is about 3 cm (1 in) thick and grows to a height between 1 m (3 ft) and 2 m (7 ft). The Spear Sansevieria grows fan-shaped, with its stiff leaves growing from a basal rosette. The species is interesting in having rounded instead of strap-shaped leaves caused by a failure to express genes which would cause the cylindrical bud to differentiate dorsoventrally or produce a distinctive and familiar top and bottom surface to the leaf blade. The 3 cm (1 in) greenish-white tubular flowers are tinged with pink. The species is drought-tolerant and in captivity needs water only about once every other week during the breeding season. The species was described by Wenceslas Bojer in 1837.

Here’s one, new on display in the shop (Ponsonby Plants)…

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Front

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(side)

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(overhead)

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