14 December 2007
Garden Blogger's Bloom Day--December, indoors
Well, there aren't going to be to many blooms outdoors in my garden for this December issue of Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, created and encouraged by Carol of May Dreams Garden. No, not with more than a foot fo snow covering all of the garden, and more soon to come. Or was that rain? Or both? Weather in Nova Scotia can be entertaining, if nothing else.
I still have plenty of plants in bloom in the house. You've seen the first of the amaryllis (which has another bloom opening today) and of course last week we explored the joys of poinsettias. Like many other gardeners, I find solace in cyclamen at this time of the year, because they do so well in my office.
The Blue Haze evolvolus is still tossing up flowers (and still festooned with cat hair), and provides a cool blue tone for the season. But I'm not having a blue Christmas here.
It's true that Christmas cactus are kind of uninteresting for most of the year, and they can also be decidedly hard to photograph. But Once they get around to flowering, all is forgiven. Although I have the traditional red and fuchsia pink types, I'm quite fond of unusual coloured varieties.
I had to have this yellowish-apricot variety when I saw its buds at my local nursery, and it's been a joyful addition to our livingroom window. I'm happy to report that there has been no bud drop on any of my cacti this year, which has been a surprise to me. The fuchsia and scarlet ones aren't in bloom yet, but they're developing buds nicely and they might bloom by Christmas...or they might be 'after Christmas' cacti!
Still flowering, my beautiful phalaenopsis orchid has been such a star despite my best efforts to try killing it earlier in the summer and fall. And since it still has buds forming, it may well be the ONLY thing in bloom for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day in January...
Oh, there ARE still blooms outside...mind you, they're of the dried variety! A woman I know makes the most beautiful wreaths, and since tis the season to be busy...I bought one from her for beside our front door. And tomorrow, the outside should 'bloom' in our Christmas lights...if it's not snowing or raining, that is.