Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day
Earlier this month, I found a few branches that had fallen from the tree in our backyard. It's a flowering pear tree, I think, and I am eager to see what the blossoms will look like this spring -- our first in the new house. Will the flowers be white? Could they be pink?
I brought the branches inside and placed them in this little silver vase I keep on the kitchen windowsill. I've been hoping the warmer indoor air might force the buds open. This weekend when I focused in close with my camera, I saw for the first time the tiniest specks of color inside -- pink!
Also this month, my kalanchoe plant is in full bloom, cheerful in yellow.
Then there's this one, a real surprise to me. My begonia plants are blooming for the first time in more than 10 years! How's that for pulling one out of a hat for the mid-winter edition of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day?!
Seriously, I've had these begonia plants for more than a decade and they've never bloomed for me. Not even once. In fact, I only knew what begonia flowers look like because the ones in my mom's greenhouse bloom practically nonstop. I think mine decided to bloom now, finally, because I live in a place now were they can get direct sunlight. Hallelujah! Here's to having a room full of sun! I love it, too.
This is how the begonia flowers look up close.
Last but not least, hanging over from last month's Bloom Day is my poinsettia plant. It looks like this festive party-animal-of-a-plant is not going to quit anytime soon. Holding out for double duty on Valentine's Day perhaps? Nah. Doesn't quite work. But it's pretty enough to keep around until it loses its crowning red glory.