Cheery Blooms

This time of year it is hard to tell if it is late winter or early spring.  The temperatures are going from 80’s to 30’s depending on the day. Thankfully, there are some blooming plants cheering up the season. The Nasturtiums, started from seed, have done really well in the strawberry pot and can be viewed from my kitchen window.

The Purple Oxalis Triangularis prefers to bloom on cool days and takes its rest in the summer.

Kalanchoe’s electric colors joins the other two potted plants on the patio to brighten up the day.

I bought these Ageratums one deary flowerless winter and have been surprised that they keep coming back.  They start putting out growth in the fall.  I didn’t bother to learn what kind they were, as I thought they were annuals and would die.  They are reproducing on their own and maybe I’ll eventually have a bed full of them.

Firespike, Odontonema strictum, is another passalong that grows really well.  I did some gardening no-no’s and threw some cuttings around my wooded area and they rooted.  Now I have several clumps around the yard.  They do attract my winter hummingbirds and add color to the season.

Kalanchoe daigremontiana or Mother of Thousands, probably Mother of Millions, really put on  a show this year.  Mother can grow in just a bit of soil and reproduces like crazy.  I pull up hundreds or thousands every year. It is from another part of the world and likes to bloom in the winter.  This year with no freezes, the plant reached its potential. There are 13 flower heads blooming. Its unusual flowers with many subtle  shades of color is what makes me keep it around.

13 Comments on “Cheery Blooms”

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Pretty! Kalanchoe is such a great cool weather bloomer. My sunspace gets to 45 degrees in early winter and I rely on them and geraniums to provide cheerful blooms when little else thrives.

  2. Deb says:

    How lovely they are!

  3. tonytomeo says:

    Nasturtiums are always rad!

  4. shoreacres says:

    I do love nasturtiums, although I’ve never grown them. I’ve been finding quite a few oxalis in the wild, just in the past week or two. I’ve found mostly the pink, at this point, although there are yellow, as well.

    The ageratum confused me. At first, I thought it was blue mistflower; now I see it’s not, and that it isn’t native here. The blue mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum) was just thick down here this fall. I’ve never seen so much — the ditches were full of it.

  5. Sheryl says:

    The Mother of Thousands flowers are beautiful – even though it sounds like the plant can be annoying.

  6. Beautiful photos. A pleasure for these eyes, weary from winter.

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