16
Feb
08

Garden Blogger’s Bloomday February

phalaenopsis.jpgIt’s been Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day again, and this time I would like to start with some indoor plants. First of all this phalaenopsis that we received from my grandma as a wedding present now almost sixteen years ago. My grandma having passed away a few years ago, this orchid still keeps thriving, and serves as a remembrance, flowering faithfully every year, even if it is rather pink. For some reason putting it into a room we rarely use and not fussing about with it, but only watering it every once in a while and giving it some (normal) fertilizer once a year has given it a boost: this year there are two stems with flowers.

 

 

 

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Another specialty I have to offer is this flowering avocado, which my son grew from a seed and which seems to thrive on little light, even less care and the smell of dirty socks that you find in the room of a fifteen-year-old. I’ve always thought, avocadoes don’t flower in captivity, however, it seems, you just have to provide for the right conditions. 😉 Also, if you see them in relation to the fruit, avocado blossoms are rather tiny.

As I’m not really good at growing plants indoors, these two count as our great successes. Most of my indoor plants — there are only a few left — have a really hard time in the winter, only recovering when I put them outside on the terrasse in spring. So let’s now have a look outside. The following fotos were taken about a week ago, when we had an unusually mild day. Since then it has cooled down, so that the flowers still look the same — only the bees have remained hidden because of the frost.

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First of all the crocusses, the first picture showing them about two weeks ago when they had just begun to show. It’s amazing what a little sun and some warmth can do in such a short time. As to crocusses, I alway find that I haven’t got enough. There’s nothing like a huge spread of crocusses opened widely in the bright sun ….

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The next picture shows one of my disappointments: snowdrops with snow heather. There was supposed to be a big bushel of snowdrops here to contrast the light pink of the heather. However, either our mole or my over-engaged weeding in the summer has scattered them about so that they look rather forlorn here. Also, the heather has not quite grown a I thought it would. It has suffered quite a bit from last year’s drought.

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helleborus-biene.jpgI’ve already shown some pictures of hellebores before, however, now they are at their best lighting up the dreary surroundings with their bright white. After blooming the petals of this one turn reddish so this plant is an eyecatcher for quite some time. The best of all, the flowers keep well in vases. Together with skimmia blossoms and some ivy leaves they make really elegant bouquets.

 

Finally, here’s a hardy rosemary with tiny blue blossoms. rosmarin.jpgEven if the winter has been unusually mild so far, it’s really amazing how this mediterranean plant manages to flower this early in the year. In fact it has been among the first to bloom. I used to keep my rosemaries potted and carried them indoors, but I have found that this is unnecessary, and even harms them. Planted outside in sheltered places in well-drained ground, they are fairly frost tolerant. In this mild winter I didn’t even need any frost protection (usually my Christmas tree ends up sheltering delicate plants against severe frosts).

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1 Response to “Garden Blogger’s Bloomday February”


  1. February 17, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    I’m very impressed by your orchid and avocado plants indoors. You’ve got the touch! The outdoor blooms sure tell me that spring has arrived in your garden. Thanks for joining us for bloom day!

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens


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