Friday, February 15, 2019

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and SkywatchFriday - February 2019

It's Friday and it's February 15 - time to watch the sky with Yogi and his merry crew of skywatchers at Skywatch Friday, while I also participate in a monthly gathering of gardeners each 15th of the month for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

So what's blooming for me near Binghamton, New York in my zone 5b garden this strangest of all winters?  Up and down, up and down the temperature goes, and when it will stop, nobody knows.

Would you believe me if I told you I had outdoor flowers?  Or, let's be slightly technical here - buds opening.  Well, I do.  Probably.  At least they were out earlier this month.

The problem is, I can't show them to you.  They are under several inches of ice and snow right now.  This plant is one of my two Lenten Roses, and it always tries to bloom in January/February.  It doesn't always succeed.  So you'll just have to believe me.

Indoors, it's not a great story, either.  By the time February comes, I'm scraping the bottom of the flower barrel, so to speak, examining every windowsill and my one table with plants under lights hoping for....something to show you.

My one blooming African Violet from the beginning of December is almost done blooming.

My Thanksgiving cactii are between blooms but have a couple of buds.

But my one Phalaenopsis orchid that decides to bloom each year has some buds.

And another Phalaenopsis, which was growing a keiki (baby plant) late last year, is ("ahem") progressing in its "pregnancy" under the watchful eye of some of my other African violets.
February 5th - yesterday's sky was not that photogenic
Meanwhile, for #SkywatchFriday, I offer this reflection in a melting snow puddle.  The white on the path inbetween some blue are clouds, not snow.  There was melting snow and ice yesterday, but the reflections did not cooperate, so I chose a picture from earlier in the month.

And here's a picture of the sky from a few minutes before the reflection picture.

Thank you, Yogi at Skywatch Friday, and Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting these weekly/monthly memes.  Why don't you visit both their site and click on some of the other participating sites?

And thank you, my readers.  In the spirit of Valentine's Day plus one, I love you all. (Well, except for the spammers).

See you next time!


  1. Wonderfully tough plants to survive under a layer of ice and snow!
    Pretty African Violet
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  2. Liebe Grüße von meinem Besuch hier.
    Schöne Fotos

  3. I never get Thanksgiving or Christmas cactus to bloom unless I remember to stick them in the dark closet in October. Too much light where they are, I guess.
    My grandmother had a huge one on her back covered porch/laundry area, and never moved it, and it bloomed a lot.
    I just am not a Christmas cactus grower!

  4. Hopefully you have a brighter and sunnier upcoming days therby bringing blooms into your garden.
    Have a great week ahead.

  5. Pretty sky and nice reflection off the puddle. Have a great weekend!

  6. The first buds of spring are always special and the indoor plants warm our hearts when it is still too early and cold to do much outside. Happy Bloom Day, Alana.

  7. You definitely have me excited for spring WAY too soon now!

  8. Love the blooms, can't see any here quite yet either (and we're expecting more snow today and tomorrow) but your pictures make me smile and give me hope that Spring is actually coming.

  9. Lenten rose are a great winter flower! They seem unphased by this winter weather.

  10. There is spring on way but looking out my window I have to wonder.

  11. I saw some forsythia blooming here in Virginia.

  12. This too will pass, and it will once again be a day where you have so many blooms you don't know which ones to pick :)


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