Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for November 2014.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we are experiencing that blast of cold air that the weathermen have been telling us about for days. They like to call it a polar vortex.
Back in the old days, we just called it “winter”.
Out in the garden, we finally have a sunny day after several cloudy days. The garden is frosty and in need of a gardener’s attention to finish its final preparations for winter.
But let’s not be too hasty doing the clean up. The tall sedum above looks lovely tipped by Jack Frost in the early morning. We wouldn’t see that if we had cut it all back by now.
I’ve been watching the Christmas Rose, Helleborus niger, to see if it has any flower buds yet.
I don’t see any yet, but I’m sure it’s because I didn’t stay out long enough to really look. It’s cold out there!
Inside, though, some of the house plants are blooming right on schedule, including these two Thanksgiving Cactus, Schlumbergera truncata.
I purchased this white one because the store where I buy groceries puts them right in my path and I am weak and like to buy pretty flowering plants.
I got this one from a co-worker. It’s an orange red color, perfect for fall.
I know these are both Thanksgiving cactus and not Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi) because of when they bloom (around Thanksgiving time) and because their stem sections have points on them. Christmas cactus have rounded stem sections.
I rarely see true Christmas cactus plants in the stores, but I always stop and look whenever I see any them on display, just in case. If I find one, I’m buying it.
There are a few other houseplants blooming inside, including Crown of Thorns and Streptocarpella, but other than that, its a light bloom day for me as we head into the winter season of rest.
What’s blooming in your garden on this cold November day?
We’d love to have you join in for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day and show us what’s blooming in your garden right now. It’s easy to participate.
Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden and then leave a comment below and put a link to your post in the Mr. Linky Widget. If Mr. Linky doesn’t cooperate for you, send me an email, and I’ll help you out as soon as I can.
Now, together, let’s recite the quote that started this whole bloom day business so many years ago…
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence