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Flowers and Foliage: GBBD, January 2021

January 17, 2021

Plant window jan 2021

My plant window in January boasts boldly colorful flowers on my no-fuss potted cyclamen and lots of foliage on my potted amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bulbs.

pink cyclamen jan 2021 streaked cyclamen jan 2021

The amaryllis are much less reliable than the cyclamen in my cool Maine house. Normally, I do see the beginnings of some flower buds on the amaryllis by mid-January – but not this year. There are two potted amaryllis bulbs in my bedroom that have not yet put up any growth at all. I am keeping an eye on these because these late growers are often the first to put up flower buds. Fingers crossed to see some buds soon. Meanwhile, I will enjoy my cyclamen plants, especially the streaked flowers.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of every month by Carol J. Michel at her May Dreams Gardens blog. Visit her site to see what other gardeners have blooming this January.

Welcoming the New Year

January 1, 2021

Lulu cover 2021I know I’m not the only person this year who is particularly happy to welcome in a new year and say good riddance to the old one. The sentiment has made my gift calendars for friends and family, featuring images of my garden, especially welcome this year.

Once again, I used to design and order my calendars. The premium calendar size that I used in recent years has been discontinued, so I switched to a less expensive 8.5” x 11” spiral bound format.

Here are the images I chose to represent the best of 2020 while warmly welcoming 2021:

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Holiday Blooms: GBBD, December 2020

December 17, 2020

poinsettia 2020This is the time of year when having flowers in bloom is a challenge for me. My Maine garden is now tucked in under a blanket of snow for its long winter nap. Indoors, although I unpacked my potted amaryllis bulbs from their period of storage in the cool and dark several weeks ago, they are always slow to wake up from dormancy in my cool Maine house and will not bloom until later in winter.

In addition to amaryllis (Hippeastrum), three plants are sold here as potted houseplants for holiday blooms: Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima), Cyclamen (C. persicum), and Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera). My holiday cactus bloomed in November and has now finished for this year. But I have a poinsettia, a gift from a friend, gracing my kitchen table. And on the window ledge in the living room, where my cyclamen plants bloom much of the year, one is providing me with beautiful blooms and the other is full of buds that will begin opening soon.

streaked cyclamen december 2020 cyclamen buds 2020

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol, formerly at May Dreams Gardens, now at her new Carol J. Michel website. Visit her blog for links to others’ holiday blooms.

Last and First Blooms: GBBD, November 2020

November 15, 2020

last bluebirdsIn mid-November, we don’t yet have snow on the ground, but the only flowers left in my garden are two blooms of smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve) ‘Bluebird,’ tucked into foliage and leaf litter in a protected spot by the foundation. My garden is now settling down for a long winter rest.

Right on cue, my flowering houseplants are stepping up to take center stage. The Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera) has begun to bloom. The tag tucked into this plant when I bought it said that its flowers are white. I am happy that turned out to be wrong, because I love the mix of coral, pink, and lavender flowers that I got instead.

Thanksgiving cactus 2020 cactus flower 2020
Nearby on the window ledge, the potted cyclamen plants are loaded with buds, and the first flower has opened. Many more will follow this one.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see flowers from gardens in many climates.

first cyclamen