Saturday, March 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day March 2014-Make It Stop!

The Ides of March weren't too lucky for Julius Caeser.

It may not be too lucky for us in upstate New York, either.  We are starting out at a balmy 42 degrees F (5.5 C).  Considering it was in the single digits and blustery a couple of days ago, that isn't bad at all.

Unlike May Dream Gardens, a blogger in Central Indiana who hosts the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day meme, we have no outdoor flowers.

One more time, here in my zone 5b garden, I will have to content myself with my indoor flowers.

White African violet.
Purple African violet.

A pleasant surprise - I found a week ago, in bringing my sun-starved kalanchoe plant out on a mild day, that it had given me a flower.

Another surprise - my two phalaenopsis orchids both have flower buds. They usually bloom in March, and are actually a bit behind- the surprise is that I have now managed to bring these three year old plants to bloom-again.
My goldfish plant is blooming - it blooms on and off during the year.

We didn't get the snow many other parts of upstate New York did on Wednesday, and my yard is defrosting.  My primroses are showing through, still green, and promising bloom.

Maybe next Garden Bloggers Bloom Day I'll have outdoor blooms at last.  But, for now, we have snow in the forecast AGAIN. Make it stop!

What's blooming in your garden? Come join gardeners from all over the world at May Dreams Gardens, and see what's happening in the flower world the fifteenth of each month!

14 comments:

  1. We are a long way from upstate New York here in southeast Texas but our spring blooms have been slow in coming, too. Here's hoping April will be better for both of us!

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    1. Yes, indeed. Thank you for stopping by.

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  2. It is a good thing you have some indoor plants to enjoy with endless snow in the garden. I hope it will clear soon so that you can enjoy all the spring flowers that are cheering us up here.

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    1. We are turning a corner - temperatures in the 40's prove that. But it's a slow train coming - thank you for your good thoughts.

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  3. How beautiful! Any chance we could get a few ideas for flowers if I live in an apartment?
    Dorit Sasson
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    www.GivingaVoicetotheVoicelessBook.com

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    1. It is possible to grow flowering plants in an apartment. My Mom grew beautiful geraniums in a southwest facing window in my childhood apartment in the Bronx. African Violets are inexpensive and easy (mine grow in southern facing windows). I have no personal experience with peace lilies but they are supposed to tolerate low light-they do need plenty of water, though.

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  4. Oh, how I empathize! We had a beautiful day today, and I even cut down my ornamental grasses. But temps are supposed to plummet again tomorrow, and the forecast is for a "wintry mix." Winter has definitely overstayed its welcome this year. Lovely violets! All I had to show for a bloom was a Christmas cactus that must feel sorry for me:)

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  5. Orchids and Violets -- what a Happy Bloom Day!

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  6. So pretty! I'm so hopeless when it comes to growing flowers but I'm fantastic at growing veggies so I guess it works out.

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  7. If it weren't for my few little crocuses that opened up this week, I would have nothing outdoors to show for this bloom day, either. Good job keeping a variety of houseplants alive! I have the same type of orchid, I think. Just when it seems I've killed it off for sure, it does something surprising, like growing a new leaf. So far it's still hanging on after 2 years in my care.

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  8. The hyacinths in my garden pots are blooming with a brilliant shade of blue. Today, we're having a heat-wave in England. Not a cloud in the deep blue sky. The hyacinth bulbs were a blooming potted gift from an American friend four years ago. I transferred the three bulbs outside. Now there are nine blooms.

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  9. What a gorgeous selection of plants Alana! I love the White African Violet!

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  10. Glad your indoor plants cooperated, at least! Love the goldfish plant flower.

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