Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Just Some Blooms

Today is another ridiculously cold day - the predicted low this morning was -5 degrees Fahrenheit/-21 degrees Celsius, and it is only a teensy bit warmer now - but according to the ten-day forecast  temperatures above freezing are finally on the horizon. In the meantime, here are a few more indoor blooms that help me stay cheerful in the face of this frosty weather:

Freesias (Freesia cv.)

Pelargonium zonale cv.

Tradescantia zebrina

The freesias are from bulbs carried over from last year's batch. While they flowered abundantly, their foliage was infected by some sort of disease. I was going to throw them out and start with new bulbs this winter but then I tipped out the pots in spring and some of the bulbs were so nice and plump and healthy-looking that I could not bear to throw them out. They spent the summer completely dry in some potting soil in a pot in a corner of the back landing and I repotted them in the fall. The flowers are beautiful and fragrant once again but the disease problems on the foliage appear to be returning as well. Maybe next year I really will buy new bulbs...

6 comments:

  1. You have some nice blooms there to keep you company indoors :)

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    1. Thanks! Still, itching to get things started for outside in hopes that spring will finally come...

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  2. Sorry about your freesia foliage problem but the flowers sure are lovely! It's so nice that you have such a colorful indoor garden to take your mind off of the awful winter outside!

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    1. It really is - and at least most of these Mediterranean climate winter blooming plants actually appreciate the cool temperatures in the sun room when it is this cold outside and the heating system does not quite manage "normal" room temperature.

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  3. What a bummer about the Freesia foliage. I've never grown them, but I hear they have a nice smell? The flower on them is a pretty color.

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    1. They do smell very nice - very sweet and perfume-y. Last year different flower colors actually varied in flower size and performance; by far the strongest plants were these bright pink ones and the white ones. So far this year I am not seeing any white flowers.

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