What’s Happening in the Garden- January 30, 2017

Hello out there and Happy 2017.  I’m feeling quite sad and worn by recent events here in the US and sometime I need a mental escape and happier thoughts, even if just for a few minutes. One of my biggest escapes is always the garden. We’ve had a mild winter so far but the garden is still cold and quiet on the surface. Below the ground, the perennials and bulbs and trees and grasses are alive and well and just waiting for spring to arrive.

I’ve added lots and lots of houseplants in the past few years and my time at ICS Plant Specialists taught me how to take good care of them. I’ve been enjoying my indoor garden this winter.

img_2700-003My mom’s Christmas Cactus, which sat in her dining room window for my whole life, is a little bit behind schedule but it’s finally blooming. She would be proud to see it here.


img_2701-003I still have wax begonias from last summer blooming in the office. They’ll be ready to go out to the deck in a few months.

img_2720-003Our bookshelf in the living room holds an angel begonia (also mom’s). It seems fresher and stronger than it used to… right plant, right place… maybe it will bloom?


This little vignette kind of cracked me up (no pun intended) when I saw it so I had to share. Do you happen to have a bamboo plant, fresh eggs and a Droll Designs Bugs Bunny teapot sitting together on your kitchen counter?


My very sweet sister-in-law gave me this Thanksgiving Cactus during the holidays and I just moved it into a more permanent pot last week. My Dad took the photo somewhere in Asia many years ago.  He passed away when I was 21, but I always look at it and think that he would have appreciated the attachment parenting style that we chose to use with our children when they were small.

img_2712-003I have philodendron everywhere and to add to the cactuses, here’s an orchid cactus! It blooms in the summer warmth and looks like a piece of sculpture in the winter.


My money tree (Pachira aquatica) also came from Mom. When I brought it north last fall the leaves fell so much that I was sure I was going to loose it. I did some research and found that this plant likes to stay away from drafts and hates being overwatered. Those were easy things to fix and as soon as I moved it away from the front door and adjusted my watering routine it started to produce new leaves and they’ve been filling in ever since.

img_2725-003 I found this cute little polka dot plant on sale for $2.50 last week. It brightens things up!

img_2718-003My succulents thrive outside in the summer but they’re holding up well in their indoor winter home.

img_2737-003Maddie is standing guard over them. Fortunately, our current cats never touch the plants.


This is the first time that I’ve raised African Violet to a full bloom stage. They’re in a bathroom with very filtered light and it seems that between the humidity from the shower and the gentle light that they’re receiving, they are happy. I need to add a few more plants to this windowsill.

img_2736-003Here’s another first… a hellebore bloom out in the herb garden!  Something is munching on this plant (I believe that it’s bunnies or deer) but that one bloom is enough to keep me in the game!

I’m hooked on African Violet and hellebore!

img_2728-003You may remember that I’m also hooked on seed starting and it’s just about time to start the onion seeds. I picked these up last weekend and they’re sitting above my kitchen sink calling to me to plant them. I’m receiving seed catalogs and thinking about the spring plan. See, the garden is an escape all year long!

In other news, I’m still working on getting a  handle on this full time work schedule, but it’s getting better as we adjust and develop good, new routines. I think there may be some fun garden projects at my workplace as the year goes on. If that happens, I’ll be sure to share them here.

I hope that this little trip through my indoor winter garden gave you a break and made you smile.  Check in and let me know how you and your garden are doing! I miss you and wish you peace and love, wherever you are.

Love,  Michele



  1. June Varcoe says:

    All of your flowers are looking Happy as always. Mine are also looking good. Violet is blooming and so are some others. Buds on a few cactus. My pointsettias are doing well. Hope all is well with your family.


    1. Hi June! I remember you having African violet in your front window. I’m looking at my poinsettia and trying to decide whether or not to keep them. What do you do for them going forward? Do you keep them through the year? Thanks for reading and commenting. Lots of love to all of you!


  2. Michele says:

    Balm for a weary soul are those green companions. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Yes they are, and I am weary right now. thanks for stopping by Michele. I hope that all is well with you.

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  3. I’m jealous of your indoor plants. I struggle to keep plants alive inside. I’m hoping to get in my greenhouse soon and get some things started. I’m like you, I have to have break from news and media outlets, and the peace from inside the greenhouse is just what I need.


    1. Okay, so here’s what you do… go merchandise houseplants for six or nine months.. best way ever to learn about houseplants! I was up to my elbows in them so much last spring, summer and fall that I couldn’t help but figure a lot of it out. They do give me a break from the news and media. I’m trying to turn it all off and return to the happy parts of the blogosphere when I have some down down. I hope that all is well with you and your’s Brenda!

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      1. Thanks for the tip! I am doing well, thanks! Had my first article published so I was so excited! Here’s the link http://onlyinark.com/sports/huntsville-coach-charles-berry/
        They also hired me for 2 more upcoming articles. So glad to be on the earning end again!


  4. lulu says:

    We had 2 nights of below freezing temps which have left my yard looking very sad. I see so much that needs to be done but until I can move around a little m ore it will have to wait.


    1. I’ve got to pop over to your blog and catch up! I’m guessing that this must be in Texas? Below freezing is hard in climates where it isn’t the norm.


  5. GREAT POST! Your plants look GREAT!


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