For this month’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, I don’t have much blooming indoors, but since it’s snowing, I’ll share those photos too.
We’ve had snow twice this week! Almost unheard of in Oklahoma this early in the season. Seems we are getting all of Minnesota’s snow, and this storm will turn into a Nor’easter after it leaves the plains. [Click on the photos in the gallery to enlarge them.]
I took these photos earlier this morning. It’s continued snowing so coverage is much heavier now. We’re going to pick up our youngest daughter and her friend at the airport tonight. I hope the roads are sanded and salted by then.
While the snow falls, I’m going to toss out some poppy seeds and see if I can get them to germinate next spring. Poppy seeds are always iffy for me, but when they do work, wow! This year I’m trying Champagne Bubbles poppy seed mix. This is one of those times I’d say don’t try this at home. It probably won’t work. We’ll see in spring.
Cardinals abound in our winter garden.
In the meantime, this isn’t a flower, but above I have a pretty male Cardinal sitting in the arbor. Is there anything more beautiful than that? This year, I bought a flocked Christmas tree and bedecked it with Cardinals and red bows. I may do it every year like this. Cardinals and red bows are among my favorite things.
Amaryllis are blooming.
Remember when I wrote about planting bulbs indoors and out a week ago? Well, I’m starting to get some flowers now. Only a few. I expect the other amaryllis and paperwhites to take off in the next two weeks.
Dwarf amaryllis don’t have to be staked.
I really like dwarf selections of amaryllis because I don’t need to stake them. ‘Merry Christmas’ is one of those, and I’m loving it again this year. Meanwhile, two other varieties are still just growing and growing. They will eventually bloom. I move the pots around in the windows to try and give them the best light. I also turn the containers about a 1/4 turn every day to make them even.
The paperwhites are starting to flower too. A couple of pots have started blooming. I need to check the greenhouse to see if I left any other bulbs out there. Bill and I went to Big Cedar Lodge last weekend with our brother-in-law and sister-in-law so I don’t remember what needs doing out there other than watering. I’ll post about the greenhouse later this week or next.
The other plants blooming are the Thanksgiving cacti, Schlumgera truncata.
I know mine are the Thanksgiving type because they have the pointed ends on their leaves. Christmas cacti, S. bridgesti, do not. Iowa State University has a good graphic and explains the varieties very well. I love these cacti because they put on such a great show. Mine are getting quite large now. I keep the Thanksgiving cactus in my bathroom when they aren’t blooming. They don’t like to be extremely dry, and the bathroom is great with them around the soaking tub.
That’s it for the blooms.
That’s about it for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Thank you to Carol Michel who hosts this long-running meme each month.
Tomorrow another episode of the Gardenangelists’ podcast drops. I’ll link back here when it does.
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Have a beautiful Tuesday. Have you finished Christmas shopping yet? I have one more present to buy I think.