November Giveaway: $50 Spending-Spree at Logees

HERE AT A GARDEN FOR THE HOUSE, I rely on window gardens — including the one above, in my den — to chase away the winter blues. You might like to have such a garden in your own home. Of course you’ll need plants. And to help you acquire them, I’ve purchased a $50 gift certificate from Logee’s Greenhouses. Want a chance to win this spending-spree in a random drawing?

Above: The enchanting “Blue Sky Flower,” just one of many exotics I’ve purchased by mail-order from Logees, opens its sparkling burdens of blue starting in mid-December. It flourishes for me in an east window.

To enter this giveaway, you must do these three simple things:

1. Sign up for my weekly email newsletter (if you haven’t already). It will take you only a moment to subscribe to this newsletter which is completely SPAM-free.

2. Post a comment below, mentioning one or more of your favorite flowering houseplants. Mention also your email address (or just the first part of it). This will not only enable me to verify that you’ve subscribed to my newsletter, but it will make it easy for me to find you should select your comment as the winning one (I don’t select the winner).

3. Click the Facebook “Like” button below. You can join me on Facebook, too, if you wish.

Enter soon! This drawing ends on Saturday, November 12, 2011, at 11:59 PM EDT. I’ll use the little gadget at Random(dot)org to select a winner.

Not sure which houseplants appeal to you? Have a look at these flowering treasures — most of them fragrant — which flourish in my own winter windows. Then visit Logee’s on-line catalog.

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Related Posts:
The “Thanksgiving” Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata)
The Perpetual Life of Pelargonium peltatum
The Spectacular, Re-Blooming Cyclamen
Tip-Toe through the (Species) Tulips
Thunbergia grandiflora – The Indoor-blooming “Blue Sky Flower”
Meet the Ever-Blooming Sweet Olive (Osmanthus fragrans)


  1. Anonymous says:
  2. Started my paperwhites this week, but need Plan C in case they don't make it. (Plan B involves drinking the remaining gin.)

  3. Still cleaning up from last weekends 14″ of snow and all the trees and branches that came down. So many people still don't have power a week later so I feel very lucky. Your contest sounds great ~ I would love a Meyer lemon plant and paperwhites, but the pictures on Logee's website are so beautiful, I would definitely have to give it some thought. Anything pretty and blooming inside right now would be a welcome sitye.

  4. Thanks for the contest Kevin – if I should win I might have a friend in the USA to pass on the certificate. I have Tri-colour Hoya I am trying to coax to flower – never has. Right now I have all the delicate plants from the garden filling up a large bay window. gaj4047

  5. I am an email subscriber and my email is in my profile. The flowering houseplants that I have now are African violets, a shamrock, a lipstick plant and a Christmas cactus. I'd love to have more, so it would be great to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I am an email subscriber – kdkdcats at yahoo dot com. I don't have any flowering houseplants – just spider plants and some ferns. But I would LOVE to have a Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) and a Fire Fern (Oxalis hedysaroides โ€˜Rubraโ€™)

  7. I am subscribed to your email updates, email writer61(at) yahoo(dot)Com
    My favorite houseplants are edible herbs and wheatgrass is a favorite of both cats we have. I like you on Facebook, FB name is Cindy Merrill.

  8. lamberjam says:

    Kevin, love the website – the soup kicked it into high gear – my friends were quite impressed to say the least – love to get some of those bowls and am now on the lookout at some of the fabulous shops here in Seattle for old china sets – must have – my favorite houseplant is the begonia listada that I have as well as my collection of African Violets –
    thanks again for sharing your life with us –

  9. Melissa P. says:

    I love the look of orchids in the house but found it too hard to get them to rebloom. So now I rely on my gorgeous Christmas cactus to get me through the winter. Then after the holidays I can't wait to bring home a few potted primrose to remind me that spring is coming! (Then when it finally gets here I put them in the garden!)

  10. Hi Kevin,

    I bring my lavender inside during the winter and it continues to bloom…and smells good too! I also love my lipstick plant and am “stiring awake” my amaryllis bulbs which are displayed up on my piano with a lovely south window.

  11. I brought in a large glass topped wrought iron garden table, placed it in the south east corner of my family room (surrounded by glass) and covered it with geraniums, kalanchoe, christmas cactus, and begonias so far. I'd also like to use some big planters with herbs and verbena which is still flowering outside. May try some african violets after I read your post. My elliptical is right behind the table so I get to be inspired while I attempt to keep in shape until next Spring, though here on Cape Cod it usually very nice until December. Erica4131

  12. I just found your blog and subscribed to your newsletter. My favorite or one of my favorite blooming plants is my Christmas Cactus. My email is kabryant@

  13. i am subscribed to your email and i like you on fb as crystal l allen, i love the peace lilly indoors and the african violet, thanks clallen at ntin dot net

  14. oh, how I would love to have a Christmas Cactus that actually blooms at Christmas. Not in Oct or Nov or Jan (like others I have had before), just on Christmas time.

  15. plantgirl says:

    Love Logees and this blog! Your window garden is beautiful- my indoor plants definitely help melt the winter blues!

  16. I like orange jasmine. I liked this on FB as sarah linette
    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

  17. I am a subscriber

    vivasolar at gmail dot com

  18. I have an angel wing begonia that has been passed on from my grandfather and is at least 50 years old. It gets the most beautiful clusterrs of dark rose flowers.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I am getting ready to build glass shelves in the kitchen for herbs. Looking forward to shopping for hanging grow lights to hang over them. I'll be reading your past posts to see what you say about lights. LOVE growing plants in the house. LOVE your blog. Happy Autumn! Robin (DoctoraRobie)

  20. JM Designs says:

    JM Designs – being a landscape designer, I don't have a favorite indoor or outdoor plant, I simply love them all!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Does a jade tree count as a house plant?

  22. I am a subscriber discriminating_diva at yahoo and I like the post Sherry Conrad.

    We have a really funky cactus that gets some amazing blooms on it, and I forget what it is called, my daughter has a lucky something or other from Hawaii that blooms for about 3 mos then goes dormant for a while etc.

    For the most part we don't have a lot of flowering inside, more green, but I love having any type of plants.

  23. we love our spider plants
    we like you on fb

  24. Kathy Stumpf says:

    I made your French Onion Soup and it was delicious! I am going to try the butternut squash soup recipe, too. Your gardens are gorgeous and I absolutely love your newsletter. I also have a Halloween cactus and would love to have any color amaryllis.
    Your fan,

  25. Anonymous says:

    I'm partial to the Christmas and Easter cacti-but I love citrus, too! Thanks, putt17

  26. Anonymous says:

    I'm a newsletter subscriber.
    FB friend (Margaret E. Smith)
    One of my favorite plants that I also love to keep inside is hyacinths.
    Thanks so much.

  27. Joined your mailing list, and found your FB!
    Email starts with gshower. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Heather Labore says:
  29. Anonymous says:

    I love my amaryllis, my anytime-between-Thanksgiving-and-New-Year's cactus, my African violets, my clivia and my paperwhite narcissus. Visiting Logee's is on my wish list; I love their catalog. It's really nice of you to offer this gift certificate, and as always, your plant window pictures are enviably beautiful. AliceF

  30. Jane Mihalich says:

    I love my ginger, lemons, lime, Christmas cactus, hibiscus, begonias, scented geraniums, and albutilon ! The colors and fragrance get me through the long col winter and make it feel like spring inside! Also love those winter trips to Logees for rejuvenation !

  31. Rita Petkaitis says:

    Logee's is a place I go when I get the winter blues. Such a Zen atmoshere. I can never get enough of their plants. Some of my favorite purchases is the Meyers Lemon, Banana, serveral varieties of the Hoya, Lipstick plant, and the ZZ Plant, which is huge now. I have one of those portable greenhouses, which needs to be filled.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Favorite flowering houseplant is Phalaenopsis. I struggle with low light in my home but I am able to have this plant bloom once or twice a year. The blooms last very long. Redcvcc@

  33. Marie Laser says:

    My favorite is lovely pink begonia that my mother gave me cutting of a while back. I think it is the perfect shade of pink! Love your blog. Thanks! My email is marie.laser@…

  34. Christine says:
  35. The only house plants that are currently in the house are various orchids. I used to have many, but they grew, and grew, and GREW. So now I have many tubbed diva plants that I had to devise a greenhouse for. A LARGE one. Many of them (most) started out as small plants that I got from Logee's.

  36. Cathy Walsh says:

    My favorite winter garden is a collection of Streptocarpus. I love them so much!!!!! I have 5 bay windows in my home and each one is a collection of streps in a different color pallet. I have had great luck propagating them from cuttings and spend the winter doing so. It is comforting being able to continue to grow things in the dreary winter months!
    I subscribe to your newsletter and like you on FB.
    Thank you so much ! I started my collection when I lived in Dayville CT and enjoyed visiting your greenhouse often. Miss that!
    Cathy Walsh
    [email protected]

  37. I am lucky to have a south facing large window, so I have it crowded with hibiscus, passiflora, gardenia, albutilon, epiphylum oxypetalum, just to name a few of the many plants I have purchased from Logees over the years. The trick is keeping them healthy and bug free over the winter!
    Holliston, MA

  38. I like the butterwort. It flowers and its carnivorous. emails is climbing_kate

  39. Ron Naumann([email protected]) says:

    From Ct. and now live just south of Housto.I have many plants/flowers from Logee's. Just installed shelves across my living room,kitchen and bedroom windows and have started cuttings from a number of passion flowers and am hoping they will bloom over the winter as they have all summer,doordog55,Pearland,TX.

  40. theannestone says:

    My lemon tree is my favorite. You not only get great fragrant flowers but the fruit to enjoy also.

  41. I don't have much luck with flowering house plants but, I have managed to keep a pretty light purple African Violet going since last winter! I am quite proud of that. I was also amazed a couple years ago when my huge Jade plant was full of flowers one winter. I didn't even know Jades flowered!
    [email protected]

  42. For over 30 years I have seen “Dorothy” my grandmothers christmas cactus bloom(magenta) starting in November and blooming again in late winter. I remember seeing it bloom in my grandmothers sunporch as far back as I can remember(50+ years). I inherited it 34 years ago and have given away numerous clippings! Long live Dorothy!

  43. Thanks once again, Kevin, for your understandable delivery of gardening info. Who WOULDN't want to win a $50 certificate to a plant place? ArtistryFarm

  44. Anonymous says:

    I wish I was better at following directions…
    John – (pippinswrath)
    I would have to say my favorite plant is my Burana cross dendrobium Orchid. I'm pretty sure the person who got it for me found it at a grocery store and isn't enything overly exotic, however, it has survived moving three trips (twice to different states) and continues to grow and bloom bigger every year. Amongst the many other Orchids and tropicals I grow in my room it always has a special place… mostly because its bigger than they are ๐Ÿ˜€

  45. Anonymous says:

    I live in Florida so my plants are all outside. My favorite plants are the Tahitian red ginger, the Gardenia and Plumeria.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Hi, scottish lass here (part of my e-mail address. I used to have over 100 houseplants, including blooming phalaenopsis and cattleya orchids, clivia, bromeliads, African violets, streptocarpus, Christmas cactus. I lost them all in a fire some years ago. I have just started growing plants indoors again (though I am an avid outdoor gardener). I now have 7 orchids (phals and dendrobiums).


  47. I love to see my spiderwort in bloom. I also take great pleasure in the blooms of my prayer plant. tjandginny at msn dot com I look forward to reading your updates on your FB page.

  48. Anonymous says:
  49. amy_olmsted@ says:

    Just found your blog through Logee's website and it's looking pretty great! My favorite houseplants for winter bloom are the orchids, I've got a few in bloom now and afew more that will be blooming soon. My Christmas Cactus is it's most glorious right now and I'm waiting on my seed grown Clivia plants to come into bloom next Feb. I also keep a light stand in the livingroom for all the seed pots I will be tending when the orders arrive in the winter.

  50. I'm an email subscriber, liked this post and your profile on facebook ๐Ÿ™‚ I don't really have any experience with plants, but looking at the Logees site, I like the Fire Lily 'Good Hope'!

  51. My favorite houseplant is Oxalis. Email subscriber.

  52. I love my Christmas Cactus but would love to try some orchids

  53. LIke you on FB kathy Persons

  54. I'm already subscribed to your newsletter with my gmail email account asthenight. I'd love to get a Tillandsia Ionantha Ball and an Australian Beach Cherry. I clicked the like button (Deborah Rosen).

  55. My favorite flowering plant right now is my meyer lemon tree-when it blooms it's absolutely LADEN with blooms that fill the room with their scent. Then, when they start to set fruit, my tiny 18″ tree sets so much fruit it would fall over without the aid of my thinning the crop and the window sill to prop it up. I just made a lemon merangue pie from the fruit so full of my months of loving glances you could taste it's bright sunny thanks.

  56. I'm an email subscriber and love your posts! I don't have any flowering house plants right now, but I'm overflowing with aloes. I need to get out and get some narcissus bulbs soon. I like you on Facebook and have liked this post. mcgillrmcgill(at)charter(dot)net

  57. Already an email sub


  58. We have several african violets in our house!

    subscribe to you via email with ardy22 at earthlink dot net

    like you fb, richard hicks

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  59. email subscriber.

    Thank you for the entry,

    nikkidavissells at gmail dot com

  60. I like azalia bonsai trees. LeanS12(at)gmail(dot)com (Lean Sa on facebook)

  61. Email subscriber, vivaci….. I love african violets, but am up for expanding my plant base.

  62. I liked your post on facebook.

  63. Thank you all for entering! Random (dot) org selected the comment # belonging to jane mihalich, who has been notified by email.

    Stay tuned for next month's giveaway!

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