These are not your grandma's marigolds. But wait, she probably grew these too! While I love the traditional marigolds and have never had a single year of gardening that didn't include them of one sort or another, there's another "marigold" that I adore even more. The pot marigold.
|Calendula officinalis 'Flashback'|
|Photo by H. Zell|
|I promise this isn't an Osteospermum, even though it strongly resembles it.|
|Calendula officinalis 'Flashback'|
|Yes, it's pretty, but...|
|Nothing adds a spot of color to a cold winter's day like amaryllis.|
|Bromeliads like it shady when they grow outside, so they make an ideal houseplant.|
|Peace lily (Spathiphyllum cochlearispathum) is a real workhorse when it|
comes to cleaning the air.
|This staghorn fern (Platycerium sp.) likes it in our bathroom, where the humidity |
levels are naturally higher than in other parts of the house.
|Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema sp.) in my office, as featured in |
Indoor Plant Decor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants
|Orchids are one of the air cleaners and their beautiful blooms can last for several months.|
|This Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla), which isn't a pine at all,|
was about two-thirds the size it currently is when I got it just a few years ago.
|Instructions for how to make this succulent wreath is one of eight DIY|
projects in Indoor Plant Decor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants.
Ever since I've had my conservatory, when winter comes, snow on the roof skylights has been a problem. Because the quality of winter light is lower, that light is even more important for my plants housed inside, in spite of most of them being somewhat dormant at the 50°F we keep it in there.
|Snow on the roof, the sun can't melt it...|
|Snow is a good insulator, but|
it blocks the light.
|I didn't need to extend the roof rake to its maximum length in order to remove|
the snow from the skylights.
|The weeping spruce trees on the east side of |
the conservatory always look like they're
|Tree branches painted gold add a bit of glitz to this holiday display.|
|The waterfall in the rainforest is a popular photo spot.|
|Paperwhites were dotted throughout a sea of blood red poinsettias.|
|There are always orchids in bloom, no matter what the season.|
|Mini ruffled poinsettias decorate this holiday "cake."|
|Several lush poinsettia standards were placed here and there throughout the display.|
|Santa was clearly having fun this afternoon as kids waited in a long line to see him.|
|Hannah wasn't too sure about the reindeer, but I was impressed with their pedicures.|
In March of 2012, I had the good fortune of being able to travel to the west coast to attend Spring Trials, courtesy of Proven Winners. It was my first trip to California and there were many things that made it memorable.
|Debra and her sweet Lily in her garden in 2012.|
|I pretty much drool over agaves, large and small, but this one was really LARGE.|
It was taller than me.
|Imagine stepping out your front door and having to look at this. Such a travesty.|
|Doesn't this just make you want to hop, skip and jump to see what's at the other end?|
|I love the pottery and the aloes.|
|I'll take my morning tea right here, please.|
|Debra has this rainbow of succulents potted up on her balcony. Yummy!|
|Image from Debra Lee Baldwin|
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|From Debra Lee Baldwin's garden, 2012|
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