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A Single Bloom: GBBD, November 2019

November 16, 2019

snowy garden november 2019Unseasonably cold temperatures and our first snowfall of the winter have brought an end to this year’s outdoor garden season. At the same time, though, the flowering houseplants that provide my winter gardening fix are not quite in season. My potted amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bulbs are still boxed up in the basement for their period of enforced dormancy. And while my potted cyclamen are full of buds, they have not yet begun their winter flowering.

Fortunately, the first bud on my Thanksgiving cactus (Schumbergera truncata) opened this week, giving me a single flower (but, oh, what an extravagant flower!) for bloom day.

Thanksgiving cactus bloom

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is a monthly celebration of flowers hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see other garden bloggers’ November blooms.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Joyce Boos permalink
    November 16, 2019 4:45 pm

    Oh sadly our season was short this year, but wonderful as we look forward to our growing season outdoors.

    • December 2, 2019 5:02 pm

      Yes, I’m about to get my amaryllis bulbs out of their enforced dormancy in hopes of forcing them to bloom.

  2. November 16, 2019 11:10 pm

    I wish I could send you a bit of Southern California, Jean – without the fires and earthquakes of course! Still, your flower is a little jewel and valued all the more for being the only one.

    • December 2, 2019 5:04 pm

      Kris, November is usually the dreariest month in Maine, and a good time to focus on small pleasures like that single bloom (which now has lots of company).

  3. November 18, 2019 3:14 pm

    This was a plant my mother always kept, seeing it gives me a feeling of nostalgia.

    • December 2, 2019 5:05 pm

      Jason, I think of it as sort of the indoor equivalent of forsythia — a pretty boring plant when it’s not in bloom, but the only game in town when it is in bloom.

  4. November 18, 2019 4:54 pm

    Reminds me of the one my MIL cherished, from her grandmother in turn.

    • December 2, 2019 5:06 pm

      Diana, I haven’t had much luck keeping these alive and blooming decade after decade. But I can enjoy them while they last!

  5. November 28, 2019 10:36 pm

    Are your potted cyclamen the common florists’ cyclamen that are grown as perennials? Not many grow those as perennials anymore. The cyclamen I grew as a kid were grown as perennials. I really do not like them as annuals. They are too expensive to discard after bloom.

    • December 2, 2019 5:09 pm

      Tony, Yes, these are the common florist cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum). Unless they get infested with cyclamen mites, I can keep them going indoors for decades; but they are not cold-hardy here to be grown outdoors as perennials.

      • December 2, 2019 11:14 pm

        Not cold hardy?! That would complicate things. They grow through winter here, and are dormant through the dry warmth of summer.

        • December 3, 2019 4:17 pm

          LOL, Our winters are a bit different from yours! Our winter low temperatures can get down between -20F and -25F, and with climate change we’re having more plant-killing freeze-thaw cycles.

        • December 4, 2019 9:22 pm

          I would not expect them to perform through such winters, but I would have guessed that they would survive through them, even if they were dormant, and then active in spring or autumn, or both. There is a native buckeye here that is deciduous twice annually. It is dormant through winter like other buckeyes, even though our winter is so mild. Then, it is also dormant through the warm and arid summers. It foliates twice, once in spring, and again in autumn. Of course, it is not the most appealing of trees, since it looks dead in the middle of summer.

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