Archive | February, 2013

witch hazel – hamamelis

27 Feb

witchhazel 005

One of the earliest bloomers in Spring, the blossoms on witch hazel are a little skimpy this year.  The first year I planted this bush, I had 4″ blossoms that looked like spider lilies.  Since then flowers have been the more normal 3/4″-1″.  It will leaf out later in Spring when everything else starts to green up.

kalanchoe

21 Feb

These are colorful house plants that often bloom in winter/early spring.  My Kalanchoes suffered when I put them outside last year — too much sun or too much spring rain, I don’t know which.   (These plants prefer indirect light and like to dry out between waterings.  Their thick, waxy leaves allow them to store water.)  At any rate, they lost most of theirs leaves and got very leggy.  To try to save them,  I cut off the healthy looking stems, treated them with rooting hormone, and put them in a small pot.

Kalanchoe beginning to bloom

Kalanchoe beginning to bloom

They seem to be doing well and have begun to bloom; a yellow and red variety are in the same pot.  Assuming these grow big enough to repot, I’ve learned my lesson and will keep them indoors.

Geraniums and begonias continue to bloom in the sunroom as well.    Forecasts today call for “thunder snows” and “thunder sleet”, whatever they are — I think I’m about to find out because snow has just begun to accumulate outside.   At times like these, early blooms in the sunroom remind me that spring is not too far away.  Hard to imagine that a week ago I was in shirt sleeves pruning fruit trees.

begonia

begonia

geraniums

geraniums

moses-in-a-boat – tradescantia spathacea

1 Feb

moses 008This plant ‘blooms’ sporadically through the year and has recently been adding blossoms (look like little boats, purple on the outside, green inside), although in several cases the little “Moses” inside have turned brown  before the flowers are fully opened. moses 015 The plant itself has gotten very leggy, which could be a sign I let it dry out too much between waterings.  This is supposed to be one of those “anyone can grow this — it’s practically a weed” plants, so I guess I have no good excuse for the sad condition of mine.  Any thoughts?