Bloom Day

Indoor beauties – March 2014 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Winter still has a good hold on my Connecticut garden, allowing only brief hints of temperatures and blooms to come. So, instead of showing the one or two crocus buds or the green shoots of the Tete-a-tetes shyly peeking through the soil, I’m focusing on indoor beauties for this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

A lovely deep maroon cyclamen has greeted me each morning for the last couple of months. Lately it’s been joined by a small echeveria in bloom. Individually these two houseplants hold their own. Together they form a wonderful contrast in leaf and blossom shape, color, and form.

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Close up views show the delicacy of the echeveria bloom.

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I’m anxious for spring weather to replace winter’s cold, and I will thoroughly enjoy scrolling through the photos many other gardeners share at May Dreams Gardens  this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. It must be warmer somewhere!

But while I wait … impatiently at times … for spring’s warmth and the burst of bloom that will emerge from the ground, I’ll take time to enjoy the simple beauty of this indoor plant combination.

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White Blooms, Red Blooms – Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Cold and snow continue to be the most descriptive words for February. Though temperature swings have been common this winter, and often melt all previous snow, winter returns with a vengeance bring heavy wet snow and biting cold air. But inside, white bloom and red blooms brighten spirits this February 2014 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

Just a month ago amaryllis blooms were only a promise.

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But today they are in full glory, first presented as seen in the camera’s flash.

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Captured later in more natural light.

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Nearby, a new cyclamen compliments the ladies in white by dressing herself in deep red blooms.

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Together they brighten even the grayest February day, reminding that next month spring starts.

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. Head to Carol’s site to see what’s blooming in gardens all over the world.

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In Connecticut, Frosted with Icy Fog–January 2014 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

This morning’s light revealed an icy fog and frost-kissed plants. No outdoor blooms for the January 2014 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, but interesting light and contrasts nonetheless.

Color on such a hazy winter morning can be striking on close inspection.

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Small blueberry shrubs add a red tinge to the landscape.

 

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The seed heads of tall sedum add a brownish-red hue.

 

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And holly berries shine in the winter landscape, even when winter rains have replaced winter snow during our southern New England January thaw.

 

Reds add warmth to my winter view, in stark contrast to the chilly shade of a blue spruce branch against a foggy backdrop.

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But as the sun rose higher in the sky, slowly chasing the fog away, the depth and subtle colors of the surrounding woodlands was my eye candy.

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Inside, the morning light reflects off the amaryllis bud still hiding within.

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But jasmine provides the only bloom.

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It’s sweet scent hints of the aromas of spring.

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Head to her site to delight in the sights from other gardens.

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