Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, mostly because I don't like to follow memes every time they run. But in the bleak midwinter, we need an outburst of colour to cheer our souls, and I have to say my house is blooming happy right now. Let's lead off with those tropical-looking darlings, members of the hibiscus family. I have two young, vigourously growing plants, both of which are flowering right now. This porange (pink-orange) beauty is one of my favourite indoor plants.
liquid seaweed fertilizer in it.
Honeysuckle Pink, the colour of the year as defined by Pantone, but it's definitely a happy African violet!
phalaenopsis orchids quite a bit in the past few weeks, but I include this photo for a different reason. Local potter Denise Aspinall doesn't have a website yet, but she does have a profile at the Wolfville Farmers Market website. She has recently started doing plant pots along with her line of gorgeous, functional porcelain ware, and of course I had to add one of her big pots to my collection of great planters. I've suggested she make bird and butterfly baths too, so I'm hoping she works on those over the winter--I think they'd be spectacularly popular.
hellebore 'Golden Sunrise', which I bought last year and nurtured tenderly throughout the year. I went out to see how this plant was doing and found it budding nicely under the snow, took its photo for posterity, then replaced the snow gently, and mulched with evergreen boughs. I'll see them again in a couple months time. Spring always finds us again...eventually.