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.

Nature Takes Over


I did not plant that!  Months ago I put 3 Nasturtium seeds in the crow’s pot and a Salvia came up, the Nasturtiums never appeared.  I would have to guess that birds were feasting on the Salvias and dropped a seed into the pot.  It certainly is fascinating how plants get around.

A Cottage Garden


Cottage Garden is the best way to describe this bed.  It is densely planted with perennials and reseeding annuals.  A few of the annuals that came up outside the bed, were transplanted to better locations. The only new plants added were the Nasturtium from purchased seed.


The white Bishop Flowers’ seeds were collected last summer after they ripened and were scattered in early winter.  Not being satisfied with their germination, more seeds were added…maybe too many!  But, this bed required very little work or money to fill in the space.



Just Pretty


Diana’s Delight Clematis


Dijon Mustard Rose


Shrimp Plant




A red Salvia






G. Nabonnand an antique rose


All of the flowers in this post are currently blooming in the Automatic Garden.   The Clematis was added last year as a replacement and the petunia was a impulse purchase because of its unusual color combination.  The nasturtium was started from seed last year and reseeded itself for this spring.  The iris came to the garden in a load of mulch and happily lived here for more than 10 years. The rest of the plants are old friends of the Automatic Garden returning year after year.