February 4, 2006
An Update on the Indoor Garden
Despite my lack of attention (or perhaps because of it), my indoor garden is doing well.
The amaryllis bulbs that I repotted this fall after spending the summer outdoors are pushing up greenery. The bulb that was the size of a softball produced a massive display this week. There are a total of five different blooms on this stalk.
Of the other nine repotted bulbs, only one more has produced a flower stalk. Iâ€™ll be curious to see what color flower it sport. It should bloom in the next couple of weeks.
Grahamâ€™s pumpkin plant, however, has not been so successful.
The seeds sprouted well and produced a good first flush of growth. But pumpkins just arenâ€™t meant to be grown in a small pot indoors during the winter. We saved a few seeds from our Halloween jack oâ€™lantern and will have to plant them this summer so Graham can get the full picture.
The â€śblooming gardenâ€? of bulbs that I brought in after spending the summer outdoors performed just as I expected: lousy. The tulips, daffodils and crocus all produced lots of foliage, but only a single hyacinth bloomed.
I knew I should have just thrown the whole thing into the compost heap when it finished blooming last spring, but it was fun to do a little experiment if I was right. I was.
Some of my favorite houseplants are these two begonia which I received from my mother when I had my first apartment, about 18 years ago. They were given to her by a little neighborhood lady who had the most amazing garden and indoor plants when I was growing up.
These begonia have dark green glossy leaves that form a nice mound. Some of the leaves have produced sports that split and curl back around themselves like a snail shell.
Periodically the plants flower, sending out stalks up to two feet long covered with delicate white blooms that somehow remind me of bleeding heart.
So while I long to be outdoors puttering about in my gardens, my indoor one suits me just fine.
What Iâ€™m Reading
In the middle of: â€śCooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Loverâ€™s Courtship, with Recipesâ€? by Amanda Hesser, a charming account of a food writerâ€™s courtship of her future husband.
Listening to: â€śHeart of the Seaâ€? by Nora Roberts. Itâ€™s fluff but I get to listen to Irish accents while driving to and from work.
Grahamâ€™s current favorite: He has moved on to the Stanley series by Jeff Brown, following the adventures of poor Stanley who gets flattened, turns invisible and finds a magic lamp.
Remaining Garden Chores
Start reading through those garden catalogs that are piling up and make some decisions!
Clean out my gardening tote. Itâ€™s filled with old plant tags, clods of dirt and other detritus.
Pack the canna, four oâ€™clock and sweet potato tubers in sawdust for the winter and store them someplace in the house that wonâ€™t be too hot or too cold.
â€śHappy Valentineâ€™s Day, Mom!â€?
Posted by maasx003 at February 4, 2006 5:16 PM | Gardens
Very sweet pic from Graham
Posted by: Mj at February 6, 2006 7:31 AM