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!