What keeps me happy in winter? Good food and fine wine. Houseplants are helpful, too. They provide a “green connection” when the outdoor world is barren and gray. You haven’t lived until you’ve watched a geranium optimistically open its pastel petals during a snowstorm! Here’s what’s shaking in my November window garden:
And speaking of pianos…houseplants certainly love music. Mine are partial to the preludes and fugues of J.S.Bach, the Ballades of Frederic Chopin (I often play the Ballade in G minor), and almost anything from Claude Debussy. On the pop front, they enjoy Adele’s “Someone Like You.” I don’t know how they feel about Katy Perry or Justin Bieber.
Note: You do not need a Victorian bay window in order to make an exuberant indoor garden! You can attach glass shelves to any ordinary window. You can broaden the sill, too. Just follow these easy instructions.
Enough blathering. Let’s look at the houseplants!
The sill, from left-to-right: Schlumbergera truncate; white alyssum (rescued from the outdoor garden), Schlumbergera bridgesii, zonal geraniums (properly, they are Pelargoniums) in shades of pink, and Davallia feejensis.
Here’s an intimate look at the sill subjects:
Schlumbergera truncate (the “Thanksgiving” cactus), with magenta blooms…
Honey-scented alyssum, grown from winter-sown seeds…
Pink Pelargonium ‘Americana,’ which I propagate each year from simple cuttings…
And the graceful green rabbits-foot fern. Did you know that this Davallia fejeensis is as old as the dinosaurs? ‘Tis true. I propagate and care for the plant this way.
On the first shelf of the middle window are some tropical bulbs I’m forcing for Christmas bloom. The blue and white soup tureen contains sweetly-scented Chinese Sacred Lilies. Santa mugs that flank the tureen are planted with softly-perfumed Narcissus ‘Inball.’ How I grow tropical bulbs in pebbles, water, and gin.
Oh. Not sure about the difference between “Thanksgiving” and “Christmas” cacti? See this post.
Top shelf, middle window: a red Thanksgiving cactus, flanked by common philodendron vines. To the right, on a lamp bracket, is a pot of Ornithogalum bulbs. These I’m forcing for the fun of experiment.
What’s that you say?
You’re still standing on the piano bench and wish to alight?
Oh dear. Let me help you down.
Shall we have a seat in the music room, and maybe sip a little wine? Good. I’d love to hear about the plants in your own window garden. Anything blooming for you just now?
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