What’s growing indoors?

I love my east-facing bay window in the living room.  Usually it’s got an assortment of indoor plants hanging out there.  It has hosted a 3-4′ live Christmas tree a couple times in recent years, too.  It also provides a bird & squirrel watching post and napping place for my cat, Miss Maggie.

Right now it’s a warm and light filled spot for a variety of growing things, like a trio of forced paperwhite bulbs, a blooming lady slipper orchid, and african violets.  Every corner of the living room is redolent with the paperwhites, in full bloom!  Not everyone likes their fragrance, but I love it.  A begonia I bought last summer is wintering over in the bay window (providing a touch of reds), as is my pot of rosemary, which has a few blossoms on it.  Rosemary is a tender perennial in my zone 6 garden.  I’ve yet to have one survive the winter, despite my best efforts to protect it.  So last year I planted it in a pot & decided I was going to bring it in for the winter – I’m tired of buying a new one each year.  At the far right are some cuttings from a red-blooming, tropical passion flower vine I bought last growing season.  I’m hoping to root them come spring.  The big pot of it is overwintering in the garage (this is an experiment – hope it works since the darned thing didn’t bloom last summer).

Close ups below of paperwhite blossoms, lady slipper orchid, and tiny rosemary blooms.

The kitchen windowsill, also east facing, sports more growing things.  Right now it’s some hyacinth bulbs being forced.  Soon their fragrance will fill the kitchen. I have more chilling in the fridge, ready to start a second batch soon.

More about things growing inside later…  Off to read all the new books I got (3 by Ken Druse, among others).

Stay warm and cozy, where ever you are!  What are you growing indoors this winter? And do you stash plants in your garage, too?  I’ve got geraniums and a bunch of coleus cuttings hanging out in mine.

Snowy Gardens & winter escapes…

IMG_9477Everything in the garden looks magical under a snowfall.  It softens shapes & hides imperfections (and other ‘stuff’, like the mound that is 6 bags of pine needles, which will ultimately be mulch).  It outlines the beautiful detail of every twig and branch. It’s breathtaking!

And I’m snug in the cottage, working on my winter project – my kitchen redo.  And I’m already realizing that gardening is easier! So, when the kitchen project gets me down, I’ll escape into “new” books for a respite.  I’ve ordered several used Ken Druse books, The Passion for Gardening, The Natural Shade Garden, and The Natural Habitat Garden from AbeBooks.com.  I own Ken’s Making More Plants, which is a wonderful book for anyone who loves propagation, as I do.  I’ve also ordered The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  It was recommended by a friend and sounds like an interesting story, full of references to flowers. I’m anxious for these books to arrive!

Besides the seed/plant catalogs, which will be arriving soon, what are you reading that’s good?