Friday, January 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day January 2016 - Snow at Last

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, a monthly meme hosted by May Dream Gardens, a blogger in Indiana, where gardeners and flower lovers gather from all over the world to show what is blooming in their yards (or houses).

Last month, for the first time ever, I was able to show flowers blooming outside my zone 5b upstate New York house.   The key word here is "outside".

In fact, if Garden Bloggers Bloom Day had been just a couple of weeks before, I could have featured a blooming white hellebore.

 Alas, snow now covers the ground, my white hellebore's flowers have frozen dead and the action has moved indoors.  But what action it is.
My Thanksgiving cactuses are still blooming.  Here is a pink bloomer.
A red and white bloomer.

The African violet I featured last month is still blooming.

I got some (I think) Plectranthus cuttings when attending an Ithaca, New York event in October.  They are still blooming nicely (and finally growing roots) in water.

Soon to join it is something I did not expect. Last Mother's Day (May, here in the United States) I bought my mother in law a phalaenopsis.  I liked the cachepot so much that I treated myself to one, too.  I don't have the best track record with orchids.  Earlier this year, in fact, I managed to kill the only one that ever rebloomed twice for me.
I bought these plants at our local Wegmans (a supermarket chain) and have been so pleased.  My plant has been thriving.

I was watering the plant yesterday and this is what I saw.  Buds!  In January, no less.

These preexisting plants have been joined by a plant I bought about three weeks ago, a primrose.

And, speaking of supermarkets, I was shopping at our local Aldi and saw this hyacinth, forced in water, for sale on Wednesday.  It was small, but the price was right.  This is a store where, if they feature plants, you have to get them the same day they arrive because no one takes care of them.  Hopefully, the rest of them sell to good homes.

Now please stop and smell the roses - and other flowers.  Head on over to May Dream Gardens and see what else is blooming this 15th day of January.


  1. I love your wonderful winter blooms. Stay warm!

  2. Pretty blooms. I hope the winter weather is a good thing.

  3. You have some lovely houseplants, Alana. I admire your Plectranthus especially. The hyacinth is sweet and will soon fill the room with its divine perfume I'm sure. I've never been lucky enough to find a 'fresh' plant at Aldi's. Happy GBBD! P. x

  4. Oh, on winter days like this: how refreshing to see some colorful flowers blooming:-) You made my day, thanks for sharing:-)

  5. My mother-in-law (now deceased) could grow African Violets easily, but I have no luck at all with them. Yours is very pretty!

  6. Congratulations on your orchid success. I have so many that just sport green leaves..

  7. Love those violets, Alana. Our garden is in shambles at present. Time to resurrect it!


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