Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: December
Icy weather is in the forecast for our area today. I am crossing my fingers in hope that some of it will come in the form of snow. This gardener relishes the occasion to swap out the muddy shoes for a pair of cozy slippers, pull on a puffy woolen sweater, and wrap clean hands around a piping hot cup of cocoa. Time to curl up inside.
Just a week away from the official start of winter, we're at another edition of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. All of us gardeners in cold places are looking at our houseplants with a new found appreciation. Yes, there is something blooming in December.
I have my real estate agent to thank for the brilliant red poinsettia in the top photo. It was a thoughtful gift he brought to brighten our first Christmas in our new home.
I know I need to really enjoy this plant while it lasts, because once it fades, it's off to the compost heap it goes. The month-by-month instructions on how to get a poinsettia to re-bloom are a bit daunting to me. More trouble than it's worth. Thank goodness we have garden centers for these.
My African Violet is the Energizer Bunny of plants. This one (well, it has multiplied into two plants now) has been blooming since September. It just keeps going and going. I do nothing more than water it once a week and it remains perfectly content. If someone were to ask what I recommend for a long-blooming houseplant, an African Violet would be at the top of my list.
Buds count for Bloom Day too, don't they? This Kalanchoe plant that my mom gave me last Easter is setting up new buds again. I won't reveal the color of the flowers just yet. They might be the only blooms I'll have to show in January. If I even notice them in January, that is. My face will be planted in all the new seed catalogs then, my feet still cozy in slippers.