Last updated on September 30th, 2012
IN DEFIANCE OF WINTER, the plants in my music room window are singing a spring song. Would you like to meet these bloomers and perfumers? Say “hello” in this click-to-enlarge photo gallery (and I hope you’ll tell me what’s growing in your own window garden):
On the center of the broad sill is Tulipa ‘Apricot Beauty.’ Despite the name, however, the blossoms are not apricot, but deep, lustrous rose. So maybe the variety is not Apricot Beauty after all. In any event, I’ll continue to feed (with a high-phosphorous formula) and water these forced tulips until their foliage withers. Then the bulbs will be viable for outdoor planting in the fall. More details here.
On the middle plant shelf is the intensely-blue, 6-inch Scilla sibirica ‘Spring Beauty.’ I planted 3 of these minor bulbs in a 3-inch pot back in October, and gave them a 12-week rooting period in the cold, dark cellar. Each bulb has sent up 3 flowering stalks. These don’t open all at once, but in a long, lovely sequence that lasts for weeks. Forced scilla, like tulips and other Dutch bulbs, can also be planted outdoors in autumn.
Flanking the tulips are two pots of Narcissus ‘Erlicheer.’ To me, this is the be-all and end-all of daffodils. Every stem is lit with 7-15 fully-double, creamy-white, powerfully perfumed blossoms. How to force this enchanting bulb.
Among the foliage plants in the window are 3 varieties of coleus. These in spring will be planted in my Woodland Garden, where I shall discover, once and for all, if the plants are deer-resistant as claimed. Pictured above is the groovy, green and cream ‘Alligator Tears.’
Coleus ‘Pistachio Nightmare’ is utterly mesmerizing. Its narrow, pointed leaves with green scalloped edges and magenta center are splashed with yellow. The yellow is more pronounced on leaves facing the window glass. Can you imagine this plant in a woodland-setting?
Sedum morganianum, or “Burro’s Tail,” is the only succulent I grow. Why? Because I prefer plants which actually want my care. The amusing, medium-green “tails,” which remind me of “dread locks” grow slowly but surely with only once-a-month watering. If you are a forgetful gardener, or if you travel often, this plant is for you.
If you have any questions or comments about houseplants, by all means drop me a line. You know how much I love to hear from you.
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