Saturday, January 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day ~ January, 2011

Brrr. 

It's not as brrr as it looks but it's most definitely not gardening weather.

This is always the hardest month to be chipper on Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. 'Cause I just know when I visit my southern blogging friends they'll be inches away from springtime. Or, worse yet, showing off first blossoms.

What? Me? Jealous? Okay, maybe just a little. I'm 5 months away from digging in the dirt.

I have nothing to show for myself outdoors though it is quite colorful indoors...


Orchids, Cyclamen, refugee Poinsettias (everybody gives me theirs after the holidays) jockey for position in the sunny window.


Velvety Amaryllis are showing off a 2nd round of blossoms. I had terrible luck with bulbs this year though this late bloomer has certainly made up for her slow-as-snails performance.


Red Birds are bursting at the seams, climbing out of their tiny pots.


Loves Me: White Hydrangea.


Loves Me Not: Darling Kalanchoes are 'sort of' blooming. I have pink, yellow and orange but the yellows are so covered with bugs I was embarrassed to show them. I wouldn't want you to think I'm a lazy gardener or anything.

Most of my flowering favorites are in the 'coming attractions' teasing phase. I've got tons of Butterfly Orchid buds! I think they're about ready to pop.

And, I just know they'll burst into bloom on February 1st, the second I hop a plane and hit the road for an entire month.

Scoot on over and say hello to Carol at May Dreams Gardens. She's the smart cookie who hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.

PS! And, last but not least...

Sedum!
So, things aren't completely barren outdoors...

34 comments:

Ramona said...

Kate, it looks like you're getting a little more sun than me, who's socked down in the inversion in the valley. Amen to the envy of our southern gardener friends! Our winter is at least 6 months, not three!!! Keep the chin up with your indoor plant friends! I hope you're at least going somewhere warm for a month!

A Garden of Threads said...

Kate, your indoor garden looks wonderful. Love the amaryllis, looks like orange velvet. Have a wonderful weekend and take care.

Susan in the Pink Hat said...

I like your Phals. The splotchy one reminded me of the ones I saw at Orchid Dynasty in Salt Lake. They must be popular now. You have a nice indoor display and under a huge sunny window! I'm jealous of your location next to that preserve sometimes. I get a little fenced in living in the suburbs. Thanks!

Kate said...

Hi, Ramona;
I was down in the valley today - yikes! The inversion is pretty bad right now. You need to come skiing in Park City so you can enjoy the sunshine. I'm going somewhere fun - Italy. But, it won't be warm. And, I'll be working the whole time. :((( But, hey, it's still Italy. So, I'm excited. And, kind of scared, too.

Kate said...

Thx, Jenn;
I'm just nuts over that Amaryllis. She looks even more velvety in real life. Happy Bloom Day!

Kate said...

Hi Susan!
What, pray tell, is the Orchid Dynasty?? Am I missing out on a cool orchid shop?

Yes, I think I'd be a lot crankier in wintertime were it not for that big sunny window. But, the grass is always greener. At least you have sidewalks. Very difficult to go for a walk in my neighborhood unless you don the snowshoes.

p3chandan said...

Your indoor blooming plants looking so warm and happy in their corner. Love the amaryllis and white hydrangea and forget-me-nots..I see no dog food around!Happy Bloom Day!

Elaine said...

Gorgeous photos! Don't you just love Sedum?!

The Whimsical Gardener said...

Hi Kate, your snowscapes are beautiful and I'm completely impressed by your ability to have poinsettias that live past the new year! Your bright window filled with those colorful blooms is so cheery!

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

No GBBD for me with deep snow cover here and more expected today plus no flowering houseplants so I am enjoying the Southern Hemisphere gardens and yours!

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Beautiful, including your wonderful mountain scenery.

One said...

Your houseplants are absolutely stunning. Those colors would brighten up any room.

Laurrie said...

Beautiful shots of your winter blooming plants, but it's the mountains in the first shot that captivate me. (I'm a flatlander, but I think I was meant to live in the mountains.)

Gail said...

Kate, What a gorgeous snowy world you garden in~We are getting ready to move into rain and mud season~But, we do get blooms a little earlier then some...Thank goodness for violas and houseplants though! Happy happy Bloom day. gail

~Holly~ said...

Katie, what a beautiful view! And I love your flowers! What a spectacular showing!! Congrats!

Amy said...

Your indoor blooms are a riot of color! Wish mine looked half so bloomy. I'm especially coveting that amaryllis.

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

Wow, that first image is a real beauty.Even though your indoor plants are so pretty, I would be outside all the time soaking up that loveliness. At least you window has this view. Like you, I too am almost five months away. We have had snow in May so it is not an exaggeration either.

noel said...

aloha,

love your window garden, its so colorful and alive....i actually think the last shot with the sedums is pretty cool too :)

have a great weekend

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Well I am jealous of what you do have growing indoors. The hydrangea is so pretty Kate. I also like the photo of the sedum in the snow. So pretty. Have a wonderful weekend.

johnny dawkins said...

Please give me the secret to moving plants from smaller pots into larger ones! It seems every time I do this the plant is doomed to fail. What can I do differently or additionally other than simply throwing in soil and packing it around the existing soil habitat plus watering?

Cyndy said...

That hydrangea is so lovely, as is your photo - impressive orchids and cyclamens, so who cares if the kalanchoe is a bit stand-offish?

Kylee said...

Beautiful, Kate! Thank goodness we can grow things inside, eh?

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Kate,
Wow, you sure have lots of color at that window! I think I am inspired to try some more houseplants that are grown for blooming inside.

Good for you, for braving the elements to get your sedum photo.

Oh, and you mentioned rosemary. I think the garden window has been good for wintering rosemary in. For one thing, it's in the dining room, and when I don't finish my water or coffee, I dump it on the plants. Still, they get dry at times. There have been years they didn't all make it.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

sweetbay said...

Your beautiful flowers have such a magnificent view! I haven't seen such a velvety Amaryllis before, that is yummy.

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Kate, It must be wonderful to look out over the beautiful collection of flowers on the windowsill to the snow covered mountains. I love the orchids in the previous post as well. Congratulations on 10 years on working from home. I have been going through a bit of a career crisis and so I could identify with so many of your sentiments. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

troutbirder said...

Heck you managed to encourage me Kate. I'm ONLY 4 monts away from spring planting. Yea!
I miss my amarylises as I even propaged them for years.

lostlandscape (James) said...

Okay, the sedum does look a little frosted, but it's amazing how it's held on to its form. It definitely still says "flower" to me. Your windowsill garden almost looks like you live inside a greenhouse, really vibrant even though it's only sedum weather outdoors.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

A feast for the eyes...and are you growing hydrangea INDOORS? That's totally fantastic. Love your orchids...I'm watching my green paphiopedalum's new buds swell with each day.

jan said...

What a lovely blanket you have to keep your flowers cozy!

joey said...

Love the shadowy sedum, Kate ... a lovely offering for Bloom Day.

Ramona said...

Italy sounds wonderful! My husband's grandmother imigrated from Italy. I've always wanted to visit there but I don't know Italian, and I too would be nervous about being in a country that I don't speak the language. Take lots of pictures to share on your blog O.K.? When do you leave?

Town Mouse said...

Happy bloom day! Love that Amaryllis, I'm trying to grow one outdoors and I'm not so lucky with it so far...

Melospiza said...

Just visiting your website makes me feel better about winter.

Rose said...

It may be an all-white vista outside your house, but it's certainly colorful inside. Your amaryllis is beautiful--wish I'd started mine earlier. I just saw your comment about your trip--wow! cold or not, Italy will be beautiful!