It’s Bloom Day again, that once a month miracle hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens. I don’t have much to show, but signs that some things are gearing up for spring are there. Some of the garden remains green like Rosa ‘Cl. Old Blush’ above. Except during the harshest winters, it stays green until January. Then, we get a cold snap like the one last week, and its leaves also turn a soft brown.
Brown is everywhere I look, but I turn my head and ignore it, instead focusing on what’s indoors. I have a few blooming Hippeastrum, bulbs formerly known as amaryllis. A little name swap-a-roo not unline the artist formerly known as Prince, who became the woman/man symbol for awhile and when it didn’t suit him, became Prince again. It’s all so confusing. No matter what they’re called, the Hippeastrum put on quite the show this season. I’m still waiting on ‘Ambiance’ to bloom, and it will in a few days, but here’s ‘Dancing Queen’ mislabled as Elvas.
The Christmas cacti have come and gone, but the African violets keep repeating their bloom and rest cycle. I love these little non-violets. They are inexpensive, and if you remember not to water them too often and keep water off their hairy leaves, they do well. You don’t even need to feed them very often.
At 55F, today is a lot nicer than last week. I’m itching to plant some seeds or prune the roses, but it’s not yet time. I must wait. In the meantime, I’ll dream through catalogs and await the seed packets which are like small presents in the mail. Oh, and as long as the mail stays within the mailbox, Tap is sure not to destroy and eat it.
So far, Tap 4, Packages 0. We’re in the process of building a box for the mail carriers in which to place the packages. Hopefully, he won’t chew through the wood.
Happy Bloom Day everyone. I hope your skies are blue, and if you have snow, the sun is shining upon it.