Flowering Houseplants to Stave Off Cabin Fever: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day January 2012
January 15, 2012
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These paperwhites, a housewarming gift from a dear friend, are almost as white as the snow outside. They may not warm my toes, but they warm my heart!
The weather outside is finally frightful (subzero Fahrenheit as I write this, and dropping), so I can’t show you the pansy that had been blooming in the unseasonably mild weather. I do have more blooms than usual in the house for January, thanks to a thoughtful friend, a container plant wintering indoors, and an impulse grocery purchase.
I passed it by the first week. The second week it was the only one left in the grocery store, and marked down. Last year I had no success inducing dormancy and rebloom in a hothouse cyclamen, but this year I'm going to try again.
You saw it last month, and it’s still blooming: the Red Dragon Wing Begonia
When it was blooming outside, the flowers were a deep red. Now they are pink. I guess I should just be thankful it's blooming at all.
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.
In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.
in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons