February Bloom Day

  • Post published:02/17/2008
  • Post comments:3 Comments

Two days late and a photo short, but my abutilon or parlor maple is the only things blooming in the house at this point. I’m using last month’s photo, but there is no substantial difference. That is one of the benefits of the abutilon; it is always in bloom. I have enjoyed the health and vigor of this plant which is undeterred by nights that routinely dip below 50 degrees. We live on a windy New England hill and I require a cold bedroom for sleeping.
I had hope an old cyclamen which I think is setting a few buds would be in bloom, but alas it was not to be. What will March bring?
Farmers are getting ready for sugaring season. That means there is hope of sunny days with temperatures routinely above freezing arriving soon. I have to say that according to my records we only had a couple of days where temperatures dipped below Zero, so aside from all the ice I shouldn’t be complaining too much.

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  1. Carol

    I must get an abutilon for myself. I’ve seen several of them on February bloom day posts, blooming like crazy. I can always use another houseplant that flowers, especially in the winter time.

    Sugaring sounds like it would be fun to try, I don’t think people do much of that around here (Indiana).

    Thanks for joining in for bloom day!
    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  2. Kerri

    My Abutilon stopped blooming around the end of January. I see yours still has its lower leaves. Mine have fallen off. I discovered a bad case of aphids several weeks ago so that may be why. They’re all gone now, thankfully. Nasty little critters. Do you put yours outside in the summer?

  3. Pat Leuchtman

    Carol – I don’t think there is ever a time when the abutilon doesn’t have flowers, and its not because I fuss over it.
    Kerri, My abutilon has lost some of its leaves, but I’ve never been bothered by bugs. My house might be too cold. And all the houseplants go out for the summer, under the wisteria arbor.

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