It’s been a while, starting off the New Year with what’s blooming in January. Let’s look outside first, because the list is rather small. We’ve got one last Sternbergia lutea that just came up and bloomed. Again, this is from one of the bulbs that I planted last fall, so I am sure its internal time clock is really off. Look at those wrinkled stamens!
The rosemary and the black-eyed susan (barely) are still blooming, but I couldn’t find any Johnny-jump-ups. They’ve all disappeared since December.
I also still have a few flowers on my strawberry tree.
That’s about it blooming outdoors. We’ll get to some greenhouse flowers in a moment.
It’s been raining a lot. The rhubarb is beginning to grow (left) and this saxifrage (Saxifraga x urbium ‘Aureopunctata’ – right) provides a nice burst of color on a dark, dreary, rainy day. The blue and yellow needles on Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Treasure Island’ (bottom) look best in winter.
Some plants are not appreciating all the rain, like my Opuntia ‘Golden Lion’. It rotted at the base and keeled over. I’ve since taken the top half inside and have made some cuttings from the healthy parts.
Agave parryi ‘JC Raulston’ also looking worse for the wear this winter. Eight days ago, only the lower leaves were wrinkling up and rotting. Now, more spots of rot are appearing on the upper leaves and the little baby pup I noted last month has become mush. I guess covering this agave up with a pot didn’t protect it as much as I had hoped.
The creek is moving along quite swiftly with all the rain.
Switching to some flowers blooming in the greenhouse. It’s orchid season. Here is a cattleya orchid.
A moth orchid (Phaleonopsis).
And, an oncidium orchid (my favorite orchid genus). The greenhouse smells lovely.
A lot of succulents are blooming too, including this Crassula hybrid ‘Springtime’
A Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi?).
A crown-of-thorns (Euphorbia milii) that popped up from seed in one of my other plants. Now, it’s blooming next to a fuzzy blue Echeveria setosa.
These next few were hard to photograph because the flowers were perched on long, arching stems. Not much for the camera to focus on. Echeveria ‘Lola’.
And, my favorite, Aloe ‘Blimey Limey’.
That’s it for now. Hope your New Year is productive, healthy, and happy!