First of all a little bug got to me, not the computer this time, then I had to catch up with writing all my cards and Christmas preparations, at last I’m free to get back to you all!
It’s a couple of weeks since I was in the garden, so I thought for this months GBBD I would stay inside and show the few flowering plants that are in the conservatory at the moment. We also use the conservatory for overwintering pots of plants that are out in the garden for the summer, but get brought in as they wouldn’t survive a frost, so there isn’t much room in there in the winter among the Echeverias and the big Aloe.
On the table are three Cyclamen, two Christmas Cactus, one African Violet and a rusty pheasant in the background. The pheasant was part of a birthday present earlier in the year, he will go into the woodland in March to try and protect the Snakeshead Fritillaries from the real pheasant!
This Christmas Cactus has been flowering for such a long time now, I think those of you in America would call it a Thanksgiving Cactus. Whatever it’s name, it makes a lovely splash of red which brightens up a dull day.
The white Cyclamen is rather pretty, I like its pink nose! All these plants are a few years old now, hidden away for the summer but then brought back to life in August / September with dilute liquid feed so that they can keep me happy through the winter and give me a much needed fix of colour.
I like the pink flowers on this tiny cyclamen, but look at the leaves, aren’t they wonderful, it almost doesn’t need any flowers. We keep the conservatory frost free over the winter and that seems to suit all these plants. Even when the sun shines, at this time of year it still doesn’t get too hot for the plants, they seem very happy.
The lovely blue of the African Violet contrasts nicely with the other flowers. I think this is maybe one plant that would maybe like it a bit warmer, once Christmas is over it can come back into the house.
There are so many buds on this little magenta cyclamen, it will be flowering for a long time, probably carrying on when my pots of bulbs should take over.
Last but not least is the white flowered Christmas Cactus, still all in bud. This always flowers later than the red one, I’m not sure why, but I have so many flowers to look forward to over the next few weeks.
Thanks must go to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this meme each month, do please pay her a visit to see what is blooming in the rest of the world.
P.S. When we got up this morning, we saw 6 male pheasants walking up the front drive, they then walked into the front border and stayed a long time feeding. I wonder what they were eating, I hope it wasn’t snowdrop shoots! My one rusty pheasant is outnumbered, he won’t stand a chance against six real ones! I hope they all stay on the surrounding fields for the next few months.