Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day- From the Cold Northeast USA- January 2015

What’s this? A GBBD post from me in January?

I think that’s progress!

I looked back at my Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day posts from last year and there were none at all in January or February and I posted pictures of my birthday flowers in March. How sad is that? I remember wishing for winter blooms and thinking that the likelihood of that ever happening was a long shot..

But, here I am…

There may only be four but I think we’re moving in the right direction.
IMG_7832This kalanchoe plant was a gift last year. It bloomed as it arrived in February then spent the summer in a shady spot on my deck. I’ve been reading about how to care for it and it looks like it’s naturally winter blooming and could continue for awhile.

IMG_7820 I bought this poinsettia for 99 cents on Black Friday and added it to this pot with the philodendron. It still seems pretty happy but it’s probably heading out soon unless I find a cat proof place to let it rest for awhile.

IMG_7806 This Christmas Cactus in my office was given to me at the end of a plant sale last summer and I have to say that I was a bit skeptical about my ability to stay with it. It’s very forgiving and clearly enjoys hanging out with my seed catalogs. IMG_7797 I’m also seeing some success with this pretty African violet. It’s also in my office and gets lots of filtered light at this time of the year. This room is adjacent to my kitchen so I think the humidity level might be favorable to plants.

That’s it for me! It’s very cold here in Salem, as it should be at this time of the year, but spring is coming!

It’s nice to have a little bit of color and bloom to get us through.

Be sure to check out the other GBBD posts on here on May Dreams Gardens!

Stay warm!

Love, Michele



  1. Lea says:

    Lovely blooms!
    I’ve found the only way to keep cats out of house plants is to hang the plants from the ceiling in the middle of the room so they can’t jump up to them from the furniture!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!


    1. lol, your right Lea, that’s what it takes sometimes! The two cats that I have right now are actually pretty good about my plants (maybe that’s one of the reasons I have more now), but I don’t want to take the chance with poinsettia. Happy gbbd to you too! Thanks for stopping in and commenting! Michele


  2. Dawn says:

    Every blossom in the winter months is so special! You have lots of color to celebrate this month, Michele! My little, yellow kalanchoe is also blooming again. It was a gift two years ago, and finally re-bloomed last summer and again now. It must be happy on the south-facing kitchen windowsill. So heartwarming to see blossoms in winter!! ♡


    1. The kalanchoe was a surprise… I didn’t think it would live past September, let alone bloom again. The winter blossoms sure are heartwarming Dawn!!


  3. You win. You’ve certainly got more color than I do. The purple is gorgeous. 🙂


    1. I love that purple too and I had no idea of how it would be as the plant wasn’t blooming when it was given to me. Having even this little bit of color is a big change for me!


  4. Alana says:

    LOL, I had four blooms, too. Including an African violet and a kalanchoe. We northern gardeners (I live in upstate New York) get so bloom starved by January. That’s what GBBD is for!


    1. HI Alana! yes it is and it’s a wonderful thing!


      1. Hi Michele,It looks wonderful.Love,Delores


  5. commonweeder says:

    I love your post. I actually have a bought poinsettia, amaryllis, and Christmas cactus but I couldn’t pull myself together enough to post them There is always February.


    1. there is always February Pat! I think I’ve peaked for the winter so you all can probably consider this post to be my February one as well.


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