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Winter Blooms to Warm a Snowy Day: GBBD, January 2020

January 15, 2020


streaked cyclamen 2020Although the days are beginning to lengthen again after the winter solstice, my Maine garden is entering the coldest, snowiest weeks of winter, with three snowstorms this week. The garden is tucked in under a blanket of snow, enjoying its long winter nap.

pink cyclamen 2020At this time of year, I look to brightly colored indoor blooms for warmth and cheer; and my potted cyclamen (Cyclamen persica) almost never disappoint. On a sunny day, the reflective qualities of the snow magnify the light and the backlit flower petals glow like flames.

amaryllis first bud 2020As I enjoy the blooms on cyclamen, the first flower buds have appeared on my potted amaryllis bulbs (Hippeastrum), promising more dramatic blooms in the weeks ahead.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to enjoy January blooms from many gardeners.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. January 15, 2020 10:25 pm

    You’ve placed your indoor plants perfectly to take advantage of the light, Jean. Happy B+GBBD!

    • January 16, 2020 2:08 pm

      Kris, When I had my house remodeled five years ago, that window ledge was designed specifically for plants — a choice I know you can appreciate.

  2. January 16, 2020 11:00 am

    Jean I always look forward to your beautiful indoor display. The cyclamen are my favorite. Although the amaryllis I bought this year bloomed at Christmas with a stunning display of red flowers, the cyclamen I bought did not do well. Thank you for the inspiration as I think I’ll continue trying my hand at indoor flowering plants.

    • January 16, 2020 2:07 pm

      Kathy, My experience with amaryllis and cyclamen is that they like different growing conditions. In particular, amaryllis want heat and cyclamen like it cool. In my cool house (60-65F in winter), the cyclamen are very happy but the amaryllis bulbs always struggle to put up flower buds. I’m guessing that your house might be in the seventies, warm enough to keep the amaryllis happy, but a little warm for the cyclamen. If you have a drafty window somewhere for the cyclamen, that might make them happier.

  3. January 16, 2020 2:17 pm

    Thanks Jean. My house temperature is set at 66. However, I do like the fireplace, which heats up the room. No wonder the amaryllis was so happy! And the poor cyclamen. I have a drafty window for sure, so I’ll give it a go.

  4. January 19, 2020 11:25 am

    Those Cyclamen are sweet. Our winter this year has been relatively mild so far, without a lot of snow. There’s maybe 3 or 4 inches out there right now. This can quickly change, of course.

    • January 20, 2020 3:36 pm

      The winter storm that moved across the country this past week brought up 6″ of fluffy snow on Saturday night. At this point, we have about a foot on the ground, which I consider a kind of sweet spot — not enough to cause major problems, but enough to make everything look lovely, enough for winter sports, and enough to keep garden plants well insulated.

  5. January 20, 2020 5:59 am

    Hello Jean, we have cyclamen on our windowsill now too! Inspired by you, of course, but also inspired by the double-discount plus buy-one-get-one-free offer from the supermarket. They’ve been flowering all winter but are slowing down. I’ll plant them outside in the spring and then grab a new indoor set next winter. While your garden is napping, mine is like a cat trying to wake its owner up, the first cyclamen are already starting to flower, the new season will be starting again very soon.

    • January 20, 2020 3:38 pm

      Sunil, Cyclamen can be bought pretty inexpensively here, too. Although mine don’t get to go outside, they can keep going for decades in the house, which makes them a great visual pleasure bargain.

  6. February 1, 2020 2:13 am

    Is it too cold for cyclamen to survive as perennials?

    • February 1, 2020 2:13 am

      I mean outside.

      • February 1, 2020 11:56 am

        Tony, There are a couple of species that are hardy to zone 5, and I can grow a lot of zone 5 plants. (These plants are particularly vulnerable if we get a winter with serious cold without snow cover to insulate plants.) Most cyclamen species, including Cyclamen persica are not cold hardy here.

        • February 2, 2020 6:35 pm

          That makes sense. They are winter perennials here, but do not seem like the sort of perennial that could take very cold weather either. Most are discarded in spring, as cool season annuals. Mine just died back in warm spring weather, and regenerated in autumn.

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