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The unsung hero of the spring and fall garden.
The Haworthia-ish part of one of my succulent bowls has flowers open already. Here’s the whole container:
And a closer look at the flowers:
Gus, a Gasteraloe, also has a flower stalk, and finally some of the flowers are juuuuuust beginning to open:
That’s about as exciting as the flowers get, but still, they’re adorable. I love the colors.
In other news, still no new post for Ask the Experts. Sorry about that. I’ll reschedule it for this coming Friday, and hopefully it’ll actually happen. Thanks for your patience!
Oh gosh, I’m so sorry everyone – I totally blew off Friday’s Ask the Experts Panel. I got too busy with work. So now the plan is to hold on to everyone’s answers until this coming Friday.
I’m in catch-up mode at the house, so other than watering, there’s not a lot going on with the houseplants with two notable exceptions. The first is the basil babies:
Growing like crazy. Believe it or not, I thinned out about half of them roughly three weeks ago. There is something so special about having fresh herbs growing on the kitchen windowsill. They’ve been making lots of meals much better.
The other exception, the Lemon tree:
No matter how busy I am, I have been checking on these flower buds everyday. I’m pretty sure I’ll smell when they open but I still walk over and check again and again.
I cannot wait until someone develops the technology to share scents online – I’ll totally sign up my Lemon tree to be a volunteer.
Hello everyone, I’m back! I had a great little getaway. I hope you enjoyed the art pics from around Albuquerque while I was gone.
I’m hoping to get back to some semblance of a normal blog schedule now.
Starting today with an introduction to my newest Schlumbergera (yet to be named):
She’s pretty cute, isn’t she? My landlady gave her to me yesterday, insisting she’s no good with indoor plants. I already have three Schlums (all of which are still blooming) so I didn’t really need another. But it’s hard for me to say no to a free healthy plant.
What do you think I should name her?
Also, for no good reason, here’s a photo of my baby basil plants who sit on my kitchen windowsill:
Woohoo! The heavenly scent of citrus blossoms are on the way!
This was a hoped-for development after having her spend the summer outdoors, but you never know until a bud appears.
In other news, I’m going to post the Holiday Ask the Experts Panel (the one that had been previously scheduled for last Friday) on Wednesday, Christmas Eve. Then I’ll probably take a little time off the blog. That’s not 100% yet, but breaks are good. I’ll be here tomorrow, too, hope to see you back here.
Welllllll, technically, the photo is from my November 30th garden. The day I finally got around to planting garlic and onions. I still have some cleaning up to do, but I’m happy with the progress.
It’s been warm in Albuquerque, about 60 degrees all weekend. So yard work and planting seemed appropriate.
Inside, the Hippeastrum my cousin sent me is starting to look fabulous:
I’ve never had an Amaryllis flower that’s such a vibrant red before, so I’m tickled to see it. It’s a stunning display of color in my living room. Who says winter needs to be dreary?
Oh dear. It got cold in Albuquerque.
The tomatoes are officially history.
This happened before I was proactive enough to take cuttings to overwinter. Oh well. Ya snooze, ya lose. No indoor tomatoes this winter for me. I’m not particularly heartbroken about it.
I spent some time over the weekend cleaning up the containers.
There’s more work to be done, but that’s a good start. They look much better than they did a few days ago. My next step will be to plant garlic and onions.
It didn’t snow here, but it did in other parts of New Mexico. Are you buried in snow where you are?
This is likely the last bouquet of flowers from my garden in 2014:
This time of year always makes me a little sad, for that reason. I’ll miss the cheerful flowers that greet me every time I step outside. They’re not gone yet, but they soon will be.
As always, I’m grateful to have my indoor winter bloomers to sustain me. Like the Euphorbia milii plants:
And of course, the Schlumbergera plants:
I don’t know what I’d do without them!