Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day ~ November, 2011

Rescued Geraniums
This Garden Blogger's Bloom Day is all about annuals! Well, at least the lucky two that I've turned into "perennials."  As in... I wonder just how long I can encourage you to bloom?

Call me a softie, but I just couldn't bear to let them freeze to death. Winter came early this year. They're as delighted as me to be parked indoors, comfy and cozy.

I'm head over heels in love with her peachy color. :)
In the sunny window ~ lots of buds but very few blossoms.

Edna's gettin' bizzy.
Edna, the Christmas Cactus that I've had since college (nearly ancient, now) is working 24/7 on her version of a holiday greeting.

Kids these days... always trying to one up the elders.
This is Lucy, a younger Christmas Cactus I received as a gift a couple years ago. The poor kid is clearly possessed. Timing her blossoms for Halloween.

Perhaps inspired by the snow, I have one re-blooming Butterfly Orchid. (Plus, a whole bunch more on the way.)

And, that's about it. A sorry state of affairs that I hope will improve very soon. This was 'compost year' when every happy houseplant that had bugs, or wasn't doing a good enough flower job got the proverbial axe.

Pay a visit to Carol @ May Dream Gardens.

She's the gracious host of this monthly meme, Garden Blogger's Bloom Day.

From her website you can connect with all sorts of talented gardeners ~ many of whom are living in kinder climates than me.

Now who's up for some snowshoeing??





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32 comments:

Lona said...

What a contrast that makes with the geranium against the backdrop of snow. Winter has came to your mountain for certain. The orchid blooms are just so pretty Kate. Have a wonderful week.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Brrr the snow looks cold to the eyes of the blooms. Snowshoeing sounds like fun.

Christine @ the Gardening Blog said...

Your blooms are all gorgeous! Love the Geraniums.
Happy GBBD :)

MulchMaid said...

I have a "Christmas" cactus I've had for decades that, until this year, always bloomed at Halloween, too. I think it's going to be a Thanksgiving cactus this year.
Your geraniums are lovely!

Leslie said...

Indoor blooms can possibly save the sanity of a snowbound gardener. Happy Bloom Day!

KC said...

That would be me. Haven't seen you in months and a snowshoe adventure would be great.

joey said...

Wow, Kate ... you weren't teasing about the snow! Your blooms look gorgeous against the white background.

NellJean said...

I know that feeling of wanting everything to bloom as long as possible.

We can just call them 'Jungle Cactus' and be correct. Mine just has baby teeth buds so far, right on time.

A Garden of Threads said...

I also have a Christmas Cactus and orchids in bloom, they will be finished by Christmas:(. I have not snow, thank goodness. Soon though. Enjoy the rest of the week:)

Town Mouse said...

Ah yes, what is it with these Christmas cactus's that bloom for Halloween? I have one just like it, well, you can't argue with a plant.

Happy bloom day! The snow looks so beautiful...

Gail said...

Well Kate, that is some spectacular view! I love snowshoeing~it's the bestest way to enjoy snow when one doesn't ski! Let me just pop over for a quick walk! gail

Rose said...

Love the contrast of the colorful blooms against the backdrop of snow! I'm not ready for snow yet, but snowshoeing sounds like fun, much more than skiing--I'd probably break a hip or something trying that:)

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Thx, Lona!
You can have that white orchid. I prefer more color. LOL Guess I'm already tired of white and winter has barely begun! :))) Thanks for stopping by.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Lisa;
I happen to have an extra pair of snowshoes. So bundle up and pay me a visit... :D

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Thx, Christine;
My peachy geranium is kind of a science project. She's bloomed outdoors for 2 summers, now, and indoors all winter long...

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, MulchMaid;
Nice to meet you and thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. I'm anticipating plentiful Thanksgiving Christmas Cactus color, too. They all got a jumpstart on things this year. Just hope I can keep them all flowering through NYE. :)))

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Thx, Lesley;
Indoor flowers can, indeed, help our sanity. I am blessed with a gigantic sunny bay window, so my 2nd gardening season has just begun. (That's the best we shut ins can come up with this high in the mountains. :))

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Let's head up to Solitude, KC. Although I'm quite sure you'll kick my arse on the trails...

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Joey!
I need to pay you a visit. Am completely at a loss on what specialties to serve for Thanksgiving. Other than the turkey, of course...

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Good for you, NellJean!
I probably stirred up trouble with my Christmas cacti by leaving them outside for too long. (They get all excited by a few cool nights.)

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hey, Jenn;
My orchids are doing pretty well. And, I'm anticipating a ton of bright blossoms in the next month or so. It's fun to putter with the houseplants. I find it kind of relaxing right now. Before cabin fever truly sets in... :D

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hey Town Mouse!
I like that saying -- what a good attitude! We cannot argue with a plant.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Looking forward to your visit, Gail;
I'll warm up the cocoa. :D

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Rose!
Surprisingly, I WAS ready for the snow. I bit off more than I could chew this summer. It was far too busy. So, I grinned from ear to ear when the early snows arrived, knowing it would force me indoors.

But, then I saw how it looked a bomb went off in here. Haven't found the time to deep clean since April. Which inspired me to start wishing that snow would start melting. Real. Soon. :D

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Lovely photos!

Carolyn ♥ said...

Wow, you really do have snow, Kate. Ours keeps melting. Maybe this weekend's storm will stick.

scottweberpdx said...

When I lived in Nebraska, I did the same thing...always brought in a few cuttings of the Geraniums...they always brightened up the house in winter...and they smelled great too!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Thx, Mac!
Our season has ended and yours is just beginning. Looking forward to following your down under summer.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Carolyn;
We had a big melt today. Just returned from the stables and am covered in mud. As are the ponies! But, I hear more snow is in our forecast. I guess it's time. Will be nice to have snow for Thanksgiving.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Scott;
You must be so delighted winters in Portland vs. Nebraska. You live in my favorite city. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Before I read your post, I saw the first picture and thought, "Hey! How does she have that geranium outside in the snow?!" Great photos--I seem to always manage to capture glare on the glass, if the background isn't completely blurry!

Happy (belated) GBBD!

Gloria, Dakota Garden said...

Hi Kate! Today we got our first snow! The garden is night, night now! - I am loving the lavender that you sent me by UPS! Your peach color geranium is so beautiful! Hugs, G