YESTERDAY, I had great fun photographing the houseplants in the music room window. Would you like to meet these bloomers and perfumers? Say “hello” in this show-and-tell photo gallery (and I hope you’ll tell me what’s growing in your own window garden):
I think the reason that plants do so well in the music room is because they are regularly treated to fine music. The ferns are especially fond of Bach’s Preludes and Fugues, as well as the piano sonatas of Beethoven and Mozart.
However, the African violets sometimes cry out for Adele. Or Carole King. Or Lady Gaga. Or Rufus Wainwright.
As a matter of fact, nothing makes them happier than Rufus’ version of “Hallelujah.”
Obviously, African violets have excellent taste.
Taking center stage on the window sill is a pot of home-forced Tulipa ‘Sunny Prince.’ Are you familiar with this early-single variety? The flowers are lemon-yellow, and get this — they are fragrant! The scent is sweet, citrussy, and infinitely inhalable. The flowers are born on sturdy, 12-inch-tall stalks. If you need a great tulip for your garden, or one to force for indoor bloom, by all means acquire this variety. The perfume alone will send you over the moon.
There are several other home-forced bulbs in the window, although they haven’t bloomed yet. Above is Narcissus ‘Erlicheer’, my favorite of the scented Narcissus clan. In the background are vased ‘Blue Jacket’ hyacinths.
And by the way, if you are overwintering your pelargoniums, now is the ideal time is take cuttings from the plants. These by May will achieve flowering size.
I took 3 cuttings from my petunia late last summer, and rooted them a 6 inch pot. My how they’ve grown! I have to clip them every two weeks to keep them “house size.” But I love the purple flowers that offer a sweet breath scent of summer.
Why, it’s little forsythia stems, clipped from the dormant shrub that lives in my front yard. The “dead” twigs take only 2 weeks to bloom in the warmth and light of a window. Forsythia forcing directions and display ideas.
Also on a glass shelf is a pinkish-purple chrysthanemum, which I obtained from the florist. As temporary decoration, I think chrysanthemums are great investments. Keep them cool, water them daily, and they will bloom and bloom for weeks.
Flowers aren’t the only subjects in the window — there are green things, too. Above is the graceful Sedum morganianum, which you might know as “Burro’s Tail.” It requires no attention whatsoever, besides once-a-month watering. In the blue vase next to the sedum are cuttings of philodendron.
This Boston fern is the result of my division efforts last fall. From one giant fern I achieved 8 small ones. These babies fit nicely on the shelves of a window garden, and they do not develop brown, unsightly fronds like their grown-up colleagues do. How to divide the Boston fern.
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