Monday, January 14, 2008

House blooms in January


It is sort of an in-between time, with all the forced bulbs yet to come (you can see their progress in the last post) and most of the holiday blooms over. Yet, there is still some color, with pink and red cyclamens, violet and light pink African violets, and 2 schlumbergera (Christmas cactus) just showing deep fuchsia buds now.


I also have the last of the tazettas from Old House Gardens blooming. They’re not spectacular-looking, but they smell like real daffodils, fresh and green, completely lacking the sickly paperwhite/Ziva scent. These are daffodils meant for Southern zones; they require 2 weeks or so of chilling.


In other news, I think the compact fluorescents are working in the plant room. I suspect that’s because the room is so small and it already has south light. Some tazettas that were bending uselessly all over the place now stand straight up, just in the few days that I’ve had the lights on. It will be interesting to see their effect on the other plants.


Oh and check out these two Christmas stocking gifts I got from Alan. I followed the directions, and voila!

9 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

EAL all of your indoor blooms and plants look so healthy. It is nice to have a shot of color during the winter. I just love the little guy with the green hair. What a hoot.

jim/ArtofGardening said...

Alan bought those for you? He does KNOW you, doesn't he?

Carol said...

Those are nice gifts!

It's funny how even our indoor gardens have "seasons"... blooms around the holidays, a brief rest, and then hopefully more blooms in late January and February before we are once again able to be in our outdoor gardens.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Jim--That oddball grow-head was a stocking gift, for goodness sake. Anything goes for a stocking gift!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Lovely Cyclamen! I stopped growing the Paperwhites because of their nasty scent. I think I'll have to give Tazettas a try next year instead.

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

I grow the old-fashioned paperwhites too. I never knew why people complained about the scent of paperwhites until I smelled some of those modern ones in the grocery store. Yech! I love the heirloom ones though.

chuck b. said...

Is a tazetta the same thing as a paperwhite? I'm not really educated on these things. I just buy a bag of whatever, and go for it.

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