As is usually the case, there is a surprise or two when Garden Bloggers Bloom Day rolls around. There isn't a single thing blooming outside that I can see, and that's because if there are any blooms, they're buried under the snow. So we'll have to check on what's blooming inside.
Once again - same as last month - the hoya, three kalanchoes, heliotrope, and the yellow abutilon are blooming. The variegated abutilon bloomed a couple of weeks ago and will be in bloom in another week or so, but there are none of the orange blooms open right now. The three African violets are still in bloom.
The Passion Flower (Passiflora caerulea 'Clear Sky') has a big fat bud ready to pop, with a few more coming on. This will be the first it's bloomed since early summer! Last winter, it was in bloom all the time.
Two of the amaryllis are putting forth flower stalks - 'Apple Blossom' and 'La Paz'.
The coral-colored Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) has a few blooms, which it usually does throughout most of the winter, although not as many as it does in summer when I put it outside.
The surprise for me was when I noticed my Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum capsicastrum 'Variegatum') had two blooms. I bought this small plant at Winterthur when Mom and I attended GardenFair in September 2006. I had moved it away from the rest of the plants on the Baker's rack because I noticed it had some sort of teeny tiny bug on it. They are prone to whiteflies, but these looked tinier than the ones I was bothered with last year on the brugmansias.
It's in a very small bonsai pot that has holes on each side, so it dries out quickly and when I took it to the sink to water it well, I noticed the two white blooms. As soon as I saw them, I could see its Solanum connection. They're very similar to the eggplant blossoms I had last summer in the vegetable garden.
One of the very first houseplants I ever owned was a Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum), which I'd bought at Frank's during my first year of college. It wasn't variegated like this one, but it had orange marble-sized "cherries" and I hope my variegated one will get them, too.
Maybe by next Garden Bloggers Bloom Day I will have some outdoor spring flowers to show, as some of our fellow garden bloggers further south are having now.