Monday, October 01, 2007

Grey Mornings

Kalanchoe:
My October 'Plant of the Month'


Calyx & Corolla don't send me catalogs anymore. That's good for the environment, bad for the soul. They probably figured out that I never buy anything. Though, on dull, grey mornings (like this one) I could entertain myself for hours, drooling over their lovely potted plants and bouquets.

Calyx gave me the bright idea of creating my very own 'Flower of the Month Club.' I imagine they gave the local supermarkets that big idea, too. In winter, I pick up a colorful flowering plant every month while I'm grocery shopping. (In fact, I've gotten to the point where if plants don't flower, they're not allowed in my window.) Cut flowers last a couple of days. Potted flowering plants can provide a full month of cheerful blooms. If you're kind to your Kalanchoes, they'll rebloom several times a year. Give it a try!

* Kalanchoes like dry soil. I picked orange for October, but they come in many colors. Deadhead for repeat blooms. Most nurseries say indirect light ~ mine prefer a warm, sunny window.

** Calyx is expensive but worth every penny. Check out their Pomegranate Bonsai. I might have to dust off the Mastercard for that one...

8 comments:

Wunx~ said...

I went and looked at the on-line catalog. Beautiful stuff.

Then I looked at the prices and had a heart attack!

We need to stage an expedition to Cactus and Tropicals. They have nice stuff too - that I used to think was expensive...

Anonymous said...

I do this, too. It's lots cheaper than signing up for a flower club.

Heinz said...

Einige Kalanchoes können ebenso groß als Bäume wachsen.

Anonymous said...

my supermarket has bunches of flowers right when i walk in the door. I usually buy the cut flowers but you're right, they don't last very long. - pam

Anonymous said...

I bought a mini red rose bush today. What a great idea.

janemngardener said...

translation for heinz :)
"Some Kalanchoes can grow as large as trees."

Kate said...

Thanks, J! Heinz is my gardening buddy from Jetzendorf. (We'd probably be better friends if I understood what the heck he was saying :))

Sheri said...

Thanks for the pumpkin bread recipe. I was searching and found yours. I live in Co. at 7,000 ft so will use your advice to change it. Love all your animals, I am sure they love living where you are and helping in the garden too! Especially your doggie.