It's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day once again, and in the middle of January, outside blooms are non-existent. In some cases, I can't even find the plants because they're under a drift. I have no doubt my hellebores are putting on some flower buds, but they're one of the ones that are buried under the snow.
But inside, things are a different matter altogether. Though in past years, I've overwintered a large amount of plants in the basement and rest of the house, this year I've got a conservatory where they can continue to grow as if it were already spring out there.
|I cut the Streptocarpella 'Concord Blue' way back and it's |
blooming a lot more now, out in the conservatory.
|Rosmarinus officinalis 'Mrs. Howard's' is blooming up a storm, |
also in the greenhouse.
|Back in the house, but soon to go to the conservatory, the |
poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is hanging on to most of its bracts,
but the lower green leaves are pretty well gone.
|Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' has put out a new flush of blooms |
in the conservatory.
|The first bloom since September, when Romie rescued this |
Osteospermum I had destined for the compost heap and planted it
in a pot. It has more buds coming on, too. We now know who
really has the green thumb in the family, don't we?
|A simple white Phalaenopsis orchid has been blooming for |
two months now.
|The Impatiens are just as impatient for spring as I am!|
|These tropical hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), from Costa Farms, |
have been taking turns blooming all winter.
|These geraniums (Pelargonium sp.) like it just fine in the |
|Pelargonium 'Vancouver Centennial' began blooming a week ago |
and has even more blooms coming on. It's my very favorite geranium.
|The Echeveria blooms last a long time.|
|I love the color of this Bromeliad from Costa Farms.|
|I bought this Bougainvillea last year at the Ft. Wayne Home and|
Garden Show in February. It's beginning to show some color on its
bracts and I see buds!
|This is one of the African Violets (Saintpaulia) I brought home from |
the GWA annual symposium in Dallas, TX, in September.
|In the house, a parlor maple standard (Abutilon) is in bloom, |
which contrasts nicely with the Croton you can see in the background.