January 15, 2017

January Blooms and Foliage

hyacinth bud

It's mid-winter and, believe it or not, I have a few blooms and foliage to report for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-Up. A Dutch Hyacinth (H. orientalis) I planted two years ago skipped last year and decided to bloom this year amidst the English Ivy in the same pot.

cyclamen flower

The Cyclamen (C. persicum) I covered in my last post has new buds.

cyclamen foliage

And a pot full of variegated foliage.

oxalis flower

Purple Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis) is sporting delicate white blooms.

oxalis foliage

Along with its signature purple triangular leaves.

marigold

Some of the pots I'm overwintering include a few Marigolds (Tagetes spp.).

meyer lemon buds

And the Meyer Lemon has new flower buds.

meyer lemon foliage

And tender, unfurling new leaves.

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40 comments:

  1. always lifts the spirits seeing bud and budding leaf - especially like Purple Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis) and hope I can find some here. Love this species in pots.

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    1. I love the Purple Shamrock! I first purchased it simply as an annual for my outdoor pots, but then I thought--why not overwinter it indoors? I've divided it and overwintered it several years now, and the colors and blooms are such a joy to see, particularly this time of year!

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  2. With flowers that grow in the garden and home, this for me is the only hyacinths, whose fragrance I love. Regards.

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    1. Yes, the Hyacinths are fun. I have some outside in the ground, too. I put several in pots a couple of years ago, but this one is only blooming now!

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  3. Aren't new buds and blooms even more joyous in winter! It's like a special treat of ice cream. I've got buds on the lime tree and I've rolled it outside because we are experiencing 70+ degrees after our 18 degrees last weekend. I even saw some pollinators out. Crazy, crazy!

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    1. Yes! A special treat of ice cream is a good way to put it. Oh, 70s would feel amazing right about now. We'll be near 50 in the next few days, and even that sounds fabulous! It will be a long time, though, before we see any pollinators.

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  4. Your indoor garden seems to be thriving. Isn't it fun to have an indoor garden this time of year?! Love it.

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    1. It is fun, Lisa. I don't have many indoor plants, but it seems like I add more every year. Your orchids are amazing!

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  5. Brings me great cheer to see your budding . . .
    Very quiet here except for a beautiful Ivy I have inside who enjoyed a drink of water yesterday and leaf sprinkle. Nothing like a fresh shower!

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    1. My English Ivy keeps growing and growing! And I've divided it so many times. I think it will soon take over my house! ;-)

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  6. That green looks so wonderful compared to the view out the window.

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    1. Yes, it does. And the recent freezing rain has been the worst!

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  7. Beautiful plants on these dreary and/or cold days we've been having. Enjoy and stay warm!

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    1. Thanks, Heather. Yes, the gray, rainy, cold days are the hardest to take. Not that I want more snow, but sunshine is always nice.

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  8. OMG Beth, if i didn't open your site i will not recall that i forgot posting for GBBD. I am always like that about this, i wish i did but it is already late and nobody will be able to see my post. Anyway, you still have lots of blooms and they are lovely despite the cold. I don't have much flowers now because of the cloudy skies too, but we always have them more than enough for GBBD. huh.

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    1. Hi Andrea: LOL. I don't always join in GBBD, but it's a fun way to track the blooms through the seasons. And then to see what's blooming in other parts of the world. Lucky you, to have outdoor blooms year-round!

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    2. Hi again Beth, i am searching for your PlantPostings name at FB, can't find it nor the real name. I remember you as my FB friend before! LOL.

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    3. Yes, I'm taking a little FB break. I'll be back on this week. :)

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  9. Glad to hear you have some indoor blooms to cheer you through the coldest month.

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    1. Yes, it certainly helps! We're having a mild January this year. I hope February doesn't suddenly turn brutal. Flowers and foliage always brighten any day. :)

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  10. How nice to have some indoor blooms to cheer you on these gray, gloomy days. I just read your previous post about your cyclamen and appreciated all the info about how to tend them. I've had several cyclamen, all of which went to the compost heap within a few months. Now I realize I may have given up on them too soon:) I'm not much of a houseplant person--why I can remember to water containers outside every few days, but can't remember to water plants indoors right in front of me is a mystery:)

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    1. Hi Rose: Yes, I don't always have blooms in January on the indoor plants, so I had to participate this year! One thing I've learned about indoor plants -- at least in a colder room -- they only need to be watered once or twice a week. If I didn't have a room I could close off from the cats, I'd have a much harder time keeping them alive!

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  11. Hi,
    I never thought of wintering marigolds. Have you tried it before? Are they doing well?
    I am wintering three geranium, lavender, rosemary and mint.

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    1. Hi Carla: This is the first time I've tried to overwinter Marigolds. To be honest, it's simply laziness on my part. I wanted to save the other plants in the pot so I simply moved the entire thing inside. The marigolds don't look great, but maybe it will save me a couple of $$ in the spring. Based on the plants you list, your home must have a lovely scent!

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  12. Blooms to get you through winter and onto Spring. They add color and comfort through those long snowy days. Here we have some Spring like weather with lots of rain. Seems like Spring, but we know better in our area,

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    1. Yes, we're having a January thaw, too, with temps in the 50s this weekend. This is highly unusual for us in January. Usually a January thaw would mean temps in the 40s. Still, like you, I know winter has more in store for us in the weeks ahead. And the plants and blooms will help get us through. :)

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  13. Oxalis is one of my cool-season favorite too. I love those purple leaves. Pam/Digging: penick.net

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    1. Yes, the Purple Oxalis is such a unique plant. I love the little flowers, too. It makes a great potted plant, especially surrounded by other interesting foliage, like variegated ivy. Thanks for hosting Foliage Follow-Up, Pam.

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  14. Looking great! Your marigolds are indoors and mines are enjoying the sun in the balcony!!!

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    1. Lucky you! It's about this time of year I long for a warmer climate like Southern Europe! Enjoy!

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  15. Somewhere in one of my pots is that purple shamrock

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    1. Nice. Isn't it a fun plant?! Everything about it makes me smile. :)

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  16. These small sweet blooms help sustain us into spring.

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    1. Yes, they do! I'm so glad I even had anything to share for bloom day. Hopefully there will be more in February!

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  17. Nice to see some lovely flowers..
    Amanda xx

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    1. Thanks, Amanda. Yes, they are helping me to cope with winter.

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  18. I love close-ups of tender new shoots and buds. Spring is getting closer!

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    1. True--the days are getting longer. Yay!

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  19. new blooms and buds are very special at this time of year! I've never tried overwintering Marigolds before. Good to hear that it's working for you!

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    1. Yes, they are! The Marigolds were kind of happenstance. I left them in the pot with the other plants I wanted to save. They're doing OK, though, which is nice. :)

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