I practice what I preach. I make sure I have plants to help get me through the winter.In fact, that pot of narcissus was in my last post about cabin fever.
Flowers Now, and More Flowers Later
Yes, that is the same red dragonwing begonia from last winter. Last winter I brought a fairly big pot of it inside. This year I took cuttings before frost and rooted them in water, then potted them up. It makes for a smaller pot, thus more room for other plants. I plan to cut it back in March, and root those cuttings. Between the current cuttings and the ones I plan to take, I should have enough for a really full, large container, and probably some extras to give to friends. I am wintering over the coleus so I can take cuttings of it, too. Wintering over plants accomplishes two things: provides beauty and interest to help me get through the winter, and provides a source of free plants for the following growing season.
Forcing Hyacinths: Still LearningI started chilling my hyacinths earlier this year than I had in previous years, on September 30th. It seemed like last winter the flowers barely emerged from the leaves, and I thought that might be from not chilling long enough. Since I started chilling them that early, I could have started one on December 9th and it would have had ten weeks of chilling. And I would have had a hyacinth blooming sooner. Next year I will mark on the calendar when to take the first one out. It was always my plan to bring them out sequentially, so I would always have one blooming. But I seem to be giving many away, and why not? The promise of an early spring is a very fine thing to give away.
The Promise of Spring
Speaking of the promise of spring, the January thaw that we have been enjoying revealed this:
A Little Too Much Is Never Enough
And the hunger for beauty never ceases. Look what hopped into my grocery cart today:My Christmas cactus has a couple of blooms on it, too.
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.