Friday, November 28, 2014

Blooms Back Home

My parents' house is home to a sizable collection of houseplants, in large part because of my plant-hoarding tendencies. Something is almost always in bloom.

Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) and parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

Flower close-up

A classic African violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)

An old white florist's cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum cv.) - not an impressive specimen but still returning faithfully each year to bloom through the winter months

The Dendrobium hybrid I recently posted about here

A bougainvillea (Bougainvillea cv.), brought many years ago from a Florida vacation, and flowering well for the first time in years after being repotted into a much larger container early this summer

The weather is supposed to be a bit milder over the weekend, so I will spend some type cleaning up in the garden and properly mulching and covering the more tender perennials and shrubs before returning to Boston. Despite last winter being extraordinarily long and harsh, almost everything in the garden grew beautifully this year, due to abundant rain and mild temperatures, so there is lots of growth and foliage to be cleared - and hopefully a lot of buds set for next year!


  1. Nice blooms and nice looking house too (from the glimpse of it) :)

    1. Thanks! My parents are quite the mid-century modernism aficionados.

  2. The cactus and african violet are so interesting. Your bougenviella looks like mine.

    1. Outside in full sun the bougainvillea is usually a much more saturated orange-y pink but inside it takes on this pale salmon color.


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