Saturday, November 21, 2009

Blooms Who Moved Inside

The first frost date is so uncertain. We know it is coming, will it be tonight or in two weeks? Conservative gardeners try not to leave blossoms to chance.
Ground orchids are possibly hardy here, dying back to return in spring, but I want to see them bloom all winter.




In a few days, Night Blooming Cereus will open for a single night's glory and fragrance.




So many bloggers have blooms on their Christmas Cactus. Mine still have tiny buds that look like babies' teeth.




It was a hard choice between a red anthurium and the white. That licorice plant needs to be pinched and the cuttings rooted.




Pentas bloom most all winter, inside.


Begonias are everywhere, and some gingers for foliage interest.

16 comments:

  1. I have got to get my hoophouse assembled in the next couple of weeks. Until then, everything can survive in the basement somewhere near the window or the plant rack with lights. I have zonal envy. I'll have to move some things back inside for the month of February. Be sure to keep showing off those blooms this winter. They are the promise of another spring.

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  2. What magic are you working on the Bletilla to keep it blooming?

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  3. Your beautiful plants look veeeery happy!!Wonderful!

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  4. Wonderful site! thanks for sharing!
    I have an entire collection of epiphytic cacti like your xmass cacti and night blooming cereus, love them so!

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  5. I need to bring some of mine inside...just don't know where to put them :/ . You have a nice place for all your plants.

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  6. Neil Jean,

    Our Night Blooming Cereus bloomed months ago it seems. Your Christmas Catus is actually an Thanksgiving Catus.

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  7. First of all, love your pansies header, Second, I cannot even fathom having a garden season as long as yours. Your plants look pretty happy and healthy. I can't wait to see your C, cacti in bloom!

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  8. I have not yet begun to bring plants inside. I guess that would be a good job for today. I bet your greenhouse smells wonderful with that NB Cerus in there.

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  9. Nell you have a wonderful bunch of plants that you have brought indoors. I love your pentas and begonias. Some of your begonias have the prettiest foliage.

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  10. Hi Nell~~ Your indoor collection is beyond enviable! Don't you get aphids and white fly and spider mites and scale and fungus knats and mold and....? I don't see anything even remotely resembling to these all-too familiar plagues. Seriously, you're doing something right!

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  11. I love this blog. It's smart of you to move blooms inside. Please don't let the word get out or all my plants, that don't get moved inside, will be knocking on your green house door.

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  12. I don't use pesticides, Grace, except for fire ants.

    I have a cadre of anoles and a squadron of tiny green tree frogs that live in the greenhouse and dine sumptiously on any insect that might decide to enter.

    Patsy, before the winter house went up, I tucked plants in the utility room in the sink and on the counter beneath the east facing windows. I trundled seedling plants in and out of the tool shed in the spring.

    The Bletilla gets water when it is dry, that's the best I can do for it. The night blooming cereus is nearing bloom time. There were blooms from July on, this will be the last hurrah.

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  13. I so envy you your indoor plant space. I've got that zonal envy, too. It's always helpful to see what does well for ordinary folk indoors in winter.

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  14. Great looking assortment of plants. My Christmas Cactus is just now starting to form buds[tiny]. Wonder if the temp has something to do with it.

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  15. Hi Nell Jean,

    How wonderful to have a greenhouse. You have such a variety of plants to play around with.

    PS. I was going to award you the Best Blog Award, but saw that someone already gave it to you. I did want you to know that I enjoy your blog very much :0)

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  16. You may not have blooms on your holiday cactus, but your have plenty of other beauties! I was surprised at how quickly my blooms went from the baby teeth stage to where they are now. I hope yours open soon.

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