A Seasonal Transition: GBBD, November 2012
When Hurricane Sandy blew through Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, she brought a dramatic transition to a new season featuring unseasonably cool temperatures and frost most nights. For me, this has marked the end of the outdoor garden season. Although Sedum ‘Neon’ still has some color, the Pelargonium on the patio has given up its last bloom and the annuals in the large container at the front of the house have been removed to make way for tulip bulbs and the promise of spring.
But just as outdoor blooms are dying, indoor blooms are coming to life. The Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera) that I bought in full bloom last December has revealed itself to be a Thanksgiving cactus. Each morning I wake to its extravagantly voluptuous blooms along with those of a potted cyclamen on the window ledge in my bedroom.
In the living room, two different colors of cyclamen are blooming harmoniously in one pot. I love the way they look together.
I have amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bulbs waking up in their pots, but no signs of flower spikes yet.
I won’t have outdoor blooms again until March (if it’s an early spring) or April. Meanwhile, my indoor blooms will have to carry me through.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see what is in bloom this month in gardens and on window ledges around the globe.