Since my amaryllis and paperwhites didn’t bloom for Christmas I’m now enjoying my indoor flower garden in January. This might be even better because the flowers don’t have to compete with the Christmas tree and other decorations.
East and West sun
Even though we live in a log cabin which can be kind of dark, my front door faces west so I get afternoon sun in these two windows while at the other end of my great room, the windows face east. In summer, I move most of the plants that remain inside into the east windows because of the heat. In winter, it doesn’t matter so much. I also have room for plants in my bathroom which has windows that face both east and south.
I garden all year long. The garden just moves indoors each winter.
My previous indoor flower garden
Each year, I look back at the previous year’s indoor flower garden, and I can honestly say every year is different. It looks like I didn’t post an indoor garden post in 2021, probably because of the crazy ice storms. I had my hands full just getting the property together.
So, here is a look at my indoor flower garden in January 2020. I think my amaryllis performed better that year.
Red or white or cybister amaryllis?
Sometimes, I grow all white amaryllis. Other years, I focus on cybister types like ‘Evergreen’ or ‘La Paz.’ They are quite eye-catching. This year red was my groove.
As for the paperwhites, this year, it’s been a real mixed bag. Some went straight to making seeds, and others didn’t bloom at all. I may not grow them next year. It did seem like all of the bulbs were extremely slow. I’ve got six or seven amaryllises growing and getting ready to flower. I guess I’ll feature them in February.
Pelargoniums a/k/a tropical geraniums
In addition to the amaryllis and paperwhites, I’m also growing pelargoniums in the house and in my greenhouse. Each fall, the pelargoniums are on the move. Some are now in flower. Others are just healthy. They are so easy to grow in winter.
If you like tropical geraniums, here is where I fell down the pelargonium rabbit hole.
Check out this post from Kevin Lee Jacobs at a Garden for the House on how he prepares his geraniums to bring them indoors for winter. This is exactly how I do it too. I always lose a couple of plants so I take cuttings and make a few more plants to hedge my bets.
Begonias beckon in the greenhouse.
In the greenhouse, the begonias are flowering. I saved an angel wing–or is it a dragon wing–by taking cuttings last fall, and the other begonia in bloom is ‘Canary Wing.’ It has chartreuse leaves. I find begonias very easy to keep healthy, and I have several types.
If you only have room for one blooming indoor garden plant, I would suggest the friendly Thanksgiving cactus. They often flower several times over the winter starting in November or December. I have a large red one, a light pink one, and this apricot one that is blooming so nicely today. It is the smallest of the three.
Well, that’s it for the indoor flower garden this month.
I wrote this post for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, and I appreciate Carol Michel hosting it each month even when I don’t make it to the party. I might be late this month, but I did attend.
Happy gardening friends. The days are getting longer. Hurray!