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Starting New from Old

Summer 2018 saw my front porch filled with flowers along with the yard and my favorite were the Angel Begonias.

Angel Wing Begonia

They have a beautiful, delicate pink cluster bloom.

I want to make sure I have more of these come spring so I’ve plucked stems from the plant which I’m storing upstairs in our guest room.

The leaves of this plant are shaped like angel wings and gives it the name of Angel-Winged Begonia.

I bring all of my house plants in the house in mid-September and take them back outdoors in early June.  To start the plants I pinch stems close to the center of the plant and any that are growing really fast and getting leggy.  I’ve done this to my Prayer Plant and Goosefoot Fern.

Pothos stems starting in the kitchen window.

Prayer Plant starts in the kitchen window.

 

I don’t add anything to the stems to get them to start and usually in 10-14 days new roots are showing at each notch of the stem.  In the spring I’ll plant all of the stems of each plant in large individual pots.  The pots will have a good quality potting soil and two tablespoons of epsom salt and they take off.  By August the Angel-winged begonia will be full of bloom if not before and the prayer plant will have delicate white blooms.  I love growing plants.

House plants in the guest room.

House plants and different cacti in the upstairs foyer.

What’s bloomin’ now

It is so blasted cold and blustery today.  It snowed for about 20 minutes this morning and then it got hazy and black looking and now the sun is shining.  The weather is crazy!!  I noticed yesterday that the allium, iris and sedum have peeped through the ground and some daffodils and Easter lilies but it’s calling for more winter sleet/snow by Tuesday again.  I so want spring!!!

Allium and iris

Allium and iris

Sedum peeking out from the leaves

Sedum peeking out from the leaves

More sedum

More sedum

Sedum likes the cold, I think.

Sedum likes the cold, I think.

Inside my house though, things are blooming so pretty and very out of season.

This is some type of begonia that is over six feet tall with very delicate blooms.

This is some type of begonia that is over six feet tall with very delicate blooms.

Amaryillus blooms in the spring instead of Christmas.

Amaryllis blooms in the spring instead of Christmas.

These two Christmas cactus bloomed last summer, two weeks before Christmas and started blooming again two weeks ago.

These two Christmas cactus bloomed last summer, two weeks before Christmas and started blooming again two weeks ago.

This is some sort of jade and normally blooms in early to late summer and it started blooming last week.

This is some sort of jade and normally blooms in early to late summer and it started blooming last week.

I have two shamrocks, one purple and one green, in our guest room and they're both blooming.  The purple one has pink blooms and the green one has white blooms.

I have two shamrocks, one purple and one green, in our guest room and they’re both blooming. The purple one has pink blooms and the green one has white blooms.

DSCN4804It might be nasty and cold outside but I do have a little spring season in the house.  It helps keep away the winter blahs!!

Green thumb extended to winter

I love things that grow and gardening.  Winter is a slow time for gardening but you couldn’t tell by looking at my back porch which is enclosed.  I wonderful husband built me some shelving a few years back to accomodate my Thanksgiving and Christmas cactus assortment.  The upper shelving holds about twenty beauties and the lower shelves hold our veterinary supplies for the cattle and other gardening supplies.  I want to show you the beauties on the upper shelving that started blooming Halloween week and are still blooming today.  Enjoy!!

New cactus from my daughter that will have yellow blooms.

New cactus from my daughter that will have yellow blooms.

White bloom

White bloom

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A lot of them look alike but each one has a subtle difference.  I’m looking for a orange and my daughter bought me three yellow cactus for Thanksgiving.  They need little care and are only watered about once a month.  Watering anymore than that will cause them to rot right before your eyes.  The porch is very cool now but it hasn’t stopped these beauties from strutting their stuff.  I used to have to carry all of them upstairs in the wintertime but right before the shelving was done, hubby pulled up the flooring, replaced plumbing, flooring, insulation, put in new windows and insulated the walls and put up paneling.  It stays cool in the summer because of the maple trees surrounding the house and in the winter the sun (when it shines) keeps the plants happy and the room warm.

If you want a beautiful plant with little care, this is the way to go!!