Readers...head on over to find links to gardens from all over the world. You'll see the loveliest flowers, both outdoors (from those lucky folks who still have warm weather) and outdoors.
The May Dreams blogger, who lives in Central Indiana, reported one crocus in bloom (!) and also a snowdrop. No such luck here in upstate New York. Altough our snow cover melted off last week, except for some snow piles here and there, no bulbs braved the warm weather. Around here, they know we do get January thaws. We are cold once again, and are scheduled to have at least an inch of snow tonight.
I do have one plant in bloom - because I bought it recently.
Jacob Lenten Rose is supposed to start blooming in November. I bought this in a supermarket (!). My one Lenten Rose never bloomed after I bought it two years ago, so I decided to try again. The flowers won't be this color if it reblooms next year - this is a color if plants bloom in warm weather. The blooms, next time, should be more of a pink shade.
We planted this out on Sunday (during our thaw) after hardening it off, and so far it is still looking good.
Next, knocking on lots of wood, one of my two phalaenopsis orchids has put out buds. I'm thrilled, first, because I have an extensive track record of killing orchids and second, because I saved this from said white flies.
Last, but not least, my Persian Shield. This is a houseplant in my zone 5a climate. The camera doesn't capture the silvery glint of the leaves. I bought this after our September 2011 devestating flood from Tropical Storm Lee from a nursery that had flooded severely, and was selling salvaged plants at 75% off.
It's no wonder it survived the flood. This plant is supposed to be drought tolerant. Well, not in a dry house it isn't.
It's hard to see, but this plant is starting to bloom. (It has grown substantially since last fall). The flowers are indistinct. I should have pinched the plant more I wonder if I take a few inches off the top (and put it in water) if I will get the cutting to root, and in the meantime will have a plant that branches out more.
What's blooming in your garden or house?