Monday, December 26, 2011

Joys Post Christmas

Christmas Cactus lasted through Christmas. Paperwhites opened nicely and these do not have overpowering fragrance. The last Amaryllis buds are fully open.

 Promises for the New Year are hyacinths which are beginning to show emerging buds in the center of the tips of green leaves. One pot of tulips has green leaves just starting to break through the soil. These will carry us through the dreary days of winter.

Outside, Camellia japnonicas have begun to open as 
white C. Sasanqua winds down.
The striped blooms at top left are a seedling, as are the small double pinks.

A freeze is expected on Wednesday night.
I may cut every open blossom to bring inside.
Tight buds are safe from the cold but open blooms will turn brown.
A Camellia blossom will float in a bowl of water for several days.

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  1. The Camellia blossoms are all so beautiful, especially those striped ones.

  2. I think your greenhouse is so nice filled with lovely plants, thriving out of the freezing temps.

    Love all of your camellias.


  3. Your greenhouse must be such a wonderful place to go for you to see blooms in the winter! Lovely! And your camellia blooms are so pretty. I should do like you and bring a bloom in to enjoy inside. That's going to be one of my new year resolutions - to start enjoying my garden blooms in my home, too.

  4. The greenhouse is a wonderful place to spend time on a cold winter's day Especially amongst such beautiful blooms.

  5. Wow, how beautiful! Everything is dead, brown and crunchy here in Oklahoma.
    Have a Happy New Year!

  6. have you ever dipped the camellias in wax - i have seen it done but never tried it myself.

  7. Nell, the camellia blooms are beautiful. It is such fun to see how a seedling turns out.

    I hope everything in the greenhouse will be safe from the dip in temperature.

  8. Nell I am so jealous of your ability to have camellias. They are beautiful!

  9. Your indoor garden is simply beautiful, Nell... you have a great collection to enjoy through winter. I'm attracted by the Christmas Cactus with such abundance of blooms.
    Just dropped by to wish you and yours all the best for the rest of the festive Season and a very blessed and healthy New Year ahead. God bless.


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