MY WINDOW GARDEN wouldn’t be complete without Osmanthus fragrans. This “Sweet Olive” blooms constantly from September to June, and then off and on again during the summer months. Sure, the creamy flowers are tiny. But what a refreshing, apricot scent they emit! Everybody loves the perfume. I’ve purchased three of these plants to give away. Would you like a chance to win one?
Osmanthus is very easy to please. Give it daily water, cool temperatures, and moderate humidity. My plant thrives in the east window of my guest room, pictured above, where it shares gossip with African violets, fancy-leaved geraniums and a white petunia. I feed mine monthly, with a scant 1/4 teaspoon of MirAcid dissolved in a gallon of room-temperature water. Beware of too frequent feeding, or leaf-tips will turn brown. Slow growing, the plant requires shifting to a larger pot only every other year.
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Enter soon! Drawing expires on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at 11:59PM. As always, I’ll use the little number-gadget at Random. org to select three winners. Winners will be notified by email.
Would you like to see some of the other flowering houseplants I grow? Here they are, all bundled up in their own special category.
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