This Abutilon or parlor maple, or flowering maple, whichever you prefer, has probably appeared on Bloom Day more often than any other plant. It is almost always in bloom. I put it outdoors on the shady piazza for the summer, but it spends most of the year in my upstairs bedroom by a west window, but the room is bright with two big south windows. The temperature may occasionally get close to 70 degrees on a winter day, but nighttime temperatures will go down to 50 degrees. It does not seem to mind. The only problem I have with my abutilon is regular infestations with scale. I have used insecticidal soap with good results.
My angel wing begonia carries on year after year but never turns into a lush plant with generous and graceful flowers. It is happier growing outside on the piazza than indoors.
It looks like the Thanksgiving cactus, Schlumbergera truncata, will be blooming right on schedule. I have Christmas cactus too, and it will be blooming as well. You can see I am not a real houseplant person. I have a house with a lot of windows, but I don’t seem to have a good place to keep houseplants in natural light. Thanksgiving cactus is one of the most popular search terms used by people who find my blog. The Thanksgiving cactus gives me many reasons to be thankful, dependability, bloom, and new friends.
I traipsed around the garden to see if there was any bloom there at all, but this was all I found. The last rosebud of summer. I think the season of greens is just about upon us.
Log on to May Dreams Gardens and see what else is in bloom. I can’t thank Carol enough for this nudge to keep a good bloom record all year long.