December Window Garden. Happy almost-New Year! My plants and I would like to wish you all the best in 2020. And speaking of tenacious house guests — would you like to meet the denizens of the late-December window garden? They are eager to make your acquaintance:
Window Garden in December
On the broad sill: A pink miniature rose in a blue jardiniere…
Always reliable philodendron…
Out-of-bloom Thanksgiving cactus…
A large, almost-in-bloom cyclamen in a green jardiniere…
Muscari (“grape hyacinth”) that I planted in pebbles and water, and put in cold, dark storage for 8 weeks before bringing to the window garden…
And emerging crocus in a terra cotta bulb pan. Crocus, like the aforementioned Muscari, requires several weeks of cold and dark in order to bloom. Click here for details.
The first shelf is devoted to African violets in pink, blue, and purple. And guess what? During the week I photographed this window, a Nor’easter hit my region. And that’s a good thing. Flowering houseplants look their debonair best when photographed against a backdrop of frosty white! (Click here for my African Violet tutorial.)
Between the violets are vases of ‘Blue Jacket’ hyacinth. These Dutch bulbs were given 12 weeks of cold, dark treatment prior to their arrival in the window garden. Their fragrant stalks will emerge in late January. Click here for my complete hyacinth how-to.
Surveying the world on a pair of antique lamp brackets is this common green ivy. The ivy is tucked inside pale yellow jardinieres.
The star of the second glass shelf is this yellow Kalanchoe in a blue-and-white china pot.
Flanking the kalanchoe are young cyclamen in glorious white flower. I always water cyclamen from the bottom, hence the custard cups beneath each pot.
The top shelf is a study in minimalism. I simply placed a dark purple African violet there, between silver candelabra. Candelabra is extremely easy to grow. It does not demand water.
Alrighty then. Let’s talk about the guests in YOUR winter window! What’s growing/thriving/blooming for you? Spill your guts in the comments field below.
P.S. Want to outfit a window for the decorative display of houseplants? Then by all means see my tutorial How to Design A Window Garden.
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