Just so you didn’t think I spent my entire vacation at the library! These photos are from a nature walk we took. This was in front of a store just before the trail head.
This is the lighthouse, Barnegat Lighthouse, or Ol’ Barney, in the state park. It is decommissioned.
And here is just one view from the walk. It was a glorious–and very warm day, in the 90s. But it was still a lovely walk!
I bought this plant in flower in February 2016. It was spectacular.
But as with any tropical plant– and my less than tropical-like home–I always wonder if I will be able to recreate the conditions it needs to re-bloom.
Happily in the case of this medinilla magnifica, I did manage to do something right. By summer, this is what the flower should look like.
Let’s hope this works!
This is the pistil/stamens combination from one of my zygocacti. I have no idea about the variety. I don’t even know where I got it.
But with some imagination, it might look like fireworks.
Up close, I even noticed that the edges of the flowers were a bit picoteed. These plants are even greater than I thought!
Now that we have had snow, outdoor gardening is pretty much done for me. So I will need to content myself with house plants (and it’s going to be a love/hate relationship, as it always is) for the next 7 months or so until I can get back out into the garden.
I planted this container for a lecture I had last March . As a general rule , I don’t plant mixed house plant containers. They are problematic . But this one has worked out very well . It went outside for the summer and survived the transition back indoors .
And I just love the pilea. It winds its way through the other plants and emerges at the top with these sweet leaf clusters.
I have been very happy with the way the colors of the leaves echo each other as well. This has been a very pleasant combination. I am surprised that it worked out so well .
Remember this photo from back in late May? A lot has changed.
Actually it looks much better in this photo than I expected. Perhaps it’s just my perception that a lot has changed. Interesting.
For plants that have gone all summer with very little supplemental water, things aren’t nearly as bad as I feared. Whew!
I am in the process of preparing for a couple of container lectures later this March and in early April.
Sorry for the color on these photographs–they were taken indoors (obviously) in the evening and not in natural light, but under artificial lights. Needless to say, in early March, it’s difficult to gather plants together for containers. The corydalis in the above container is one that I have had for 3 seasons (this would be its fourth). For two seasons it resided in a mixed container with begonias, torenia and million bells. Last year it was just in a container by itself. And now this year, this is what I have chosen for it. Obviously, it’s a very versatile plant.
This succulent container in hypertufa is one I purchased at the Connecticut Horticulture Society Symposium. I will trim up the silver squill (ledebouris socialis) to remove the dead flower stalks before I take it “on the road” but I figured I would do that closer to “travel time.”
Finally this is my dining room table. It’s got the last of my planted containers down at the end, and some possible options for others along the middle. You can also see the “boat” full of succulents on the end opposite the container with the fern, begonia and stromanthes.
I plant to plant up 2-3 more containers if I can find plants for them. It’s a tough time of year to get plants for container gardening!
It’s a bleak time of year. It’s hard to remember that anything will ever grow again at this point in the season.
My vegetable bed still has lots of herbs in it that I can harvest until the snow covers them.
Luckily I still have things like these alpine strawberries all over to remind me of what’s to come next spring.
And these perennials like ajuga, hellebore and even the euonymous hidden under the leaves, will stay evergreen until snow-covered as well.