Welcome to the February, 2016 edition of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, hosted by an Indiana bloggers, May Dreams Gardens.
Today's word is "heartbreaking". Just a day after Valentine's Day, too. But before I discuss the weather in my zone 5b Johnson City, New York garden and the possible end of an experiment, here are the indoor flowers that gladden my heart today.
My Mother's Day gift, a phalaenopsis, is re blooming. Four flowers open as of this morning, with more buds swelling.
My last forced hyacinth flower. I bought a bulb, in water and in bud, back in January at a local discount market and how it has rewarded me. Now, I wonder if I should pot it up or not.
A couple of hanging baskets I brought inside at the end of summer are still alive, under light. My Calibrachoa, another Mother's Day gift, is starting to rebloom.
My begonia, bought at the same discount store as the hyacinth, had been on clearance, half dead. It thrived all summer and is starting to rebloom, too.
(Looking at these, I have to wonder - why are they all pink?)
The weather, alas, has broken my heart. After a mild winter, just about the mildest I can remember in my almost 30 years living in upstate New York, I woke up yesterday morning to this. It had actually gotten down to -18 F (-28 C). With wind.
To mock me, even the Weather Channel turned pink.
Living in my yard was a purchase from spring of 2015. We decided to try to grow one of my favorite flowers, the camilla, outside of its zone. We had visited a camilla nursery in Wake Forest, NC that specializes in hardy camillas and purchased one of their hardiest, called April Rose. (Yes, pink). It was thriving in the record mild winter weather, buds all set for spring. It was my Impossible Dream.
And then yesterday happened. At our house, it only reached -10 but that may have been past its limit. Officially, it is only hardy to zone 6b. And I should know better, right? Wrong.
Right now it has a protective cover, but I dread imagining what I will find under it when it warms up again.
But, as all gardeners do, I will continue to pursue my Impossible Dream.
Now, head on over to May Dreams Gardens, which hosts this meme every 15th of the month, and see what is blooming in yards and houses all over the world.