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|
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!