There is a nice blanket of snow on the ground and none on the roads. That’s the way we like it in cold climate country. We know we are not going to see blooms when snow covers the ground so we plan for ways to have blooms in the house. I’ve got some hyacinths forcing and it’s about time for them to come out of the basement. They don’t have blooms now, but maybe in time for February’s Bloom Day.
Then there are the blooms that you don’t expect, but surprise you. This frequently happens in the garden, so why not in the house, too? So I am pleased to report that my Thanksgiving cactus is reblooming.
How does this happen? This plant hangs in front of my not-very-insulated kitchen window. It set buds on the colder window side. When I see this, I turn the plant around so I will actually get to enjoy the flowers when they open. As it turns out, it bloomed just a bit after Thanksgiving this year.
Then we had a warm spell, when all the snow melted away. And then it got cold again. Apparently the warm spell was long enough that it tricked the Thanksgiving cactus into believing a whole cycle of seasons had passed, and the new cold spell encouraged it to set more buds. And I, the ever hopeful gardener, noticed there were more buds, and turned the pot around again.
But what happens if you forgot to plan for flowers? Well, then you buy some. My husband brought this pot of sunshine home for me yesterday and it surely did brighten up my day, and every time I look at it, it warms my heart.
I know some folks have success planting these miniature roses in their garden. We tried that once and the rose didn’t make it through the winter. I do know there are hardy miniature roses out there, so it could have been a problem with drainage or possibly that particular variety wasn’t hardy. I will try again with this one, if I can nurse it through the winter. But I think even cut flowers are a worthwhile psychological investment at this time of the year. After all, it will be March before the first snowdrops bloom, even though their tips have already emerged through the frozen earth.
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.