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Bloom Day

I’ve been waiting for this cyclamen to bloom for months now. It doesn’t look like much and it is obvious that I have a lot to learn about getting gift plants, even those as hardy as a cyclamen, to bloom again. I do love cyclamen and when ever I fail with a potted plant I remind myself that it cost less than a bouquet of cut flowers from the florist, and gave me weeks and weks of pleasure.

An unexpected blossom on an ungainly orchid cactus which I haven’t been paying much attention to, although I do water it from time to time. The plant is sitting on an old kitchen step stool, painted black, and this long leaf is nearly down on the floor. There is no way to take a picture of the whole plant and get any idea of the magnificence of the open bloom and the promising bud. It sits in our bright living room, but not in the window. In the summer it sits out on the piazza, right in front of our south facing house, under the shade of the wisteria on a sheltering arbor.

Finally, blooms outside too. These snow drops are growing under an apple tree. The vegetable garden and raspberry patch are just to the west – both still covered with snow. Maybe it will disappear in another day or two. We had snow flurries on Sunday. Fortunately, not the kind of snow that accumulated. It has been a very long winter.

I am beginning to see shoots elsewhere in the garden. Daylilies, Siberian iris, and daffodils. Hallelujah!

I want to give credit to the abutilon. Still blooming. See posts for January and February.

1 comment to Bloom Day

  • Carol

    I agree, it has been a very long winter, but now it is suddenly spring, at least in my garden.

    I, too, struggle to get cyclamen to rebloom, but I do admire that orchid cactus. That’s a stunning flower!

    Thanks for joining in for bloom day.

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

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