15 January 2011

Counting Shadows on the Wall....


The weather outside is frightful ... it is -20 Celsius, and this has been the high for the last week.  Tuesday, though, is forecast to be -5 Celsius.  I look outside at the drifts as tall as I am and the small flakes that continue to descend and look forward to Tuesday.  I really don't know how someone of a 5'3" stature is supposed to pile all that snow from the walkways onto drifts already as tall as or taller than myself. 


Onto brigther things, the geranium (above) overwintering inside has flowered and has more flower buds. It is looking quite well and I am pleased thus far.  I treat it as a houseplant and will soon be taking cuttings to propogate more.  Some wouldn't allow it to flower during the winter, allowing it rest, but I'll take colour where I can find it right now.  The 4" poinsettia is doing well and really I hope to keep this plant year round.  On the other hand, the 6" poinsettia has fallen victim either to overwatering or drafts from the front door.  I thought I was doing ok with the watering but perhaps not.  It's hidden away in my bedroom where, perhaps, an amount of neglect and no drafts will allow it to resurrect itself.  What do you think its chances are?

The cycad and palm (pictured below) are in winter hibernation, not really growing but green and lush, having halted the fertilizer regimen for the time being.  How I love the green foliage!  It is sure to brighten those snowy days of winter.  I keep a little asparagus fern on the window sill in the kitchen; there for me to see every time I do dishes and cook. 
Houseplants, along with air cleansing properties, cleanse the day of dreariness, brighten a corner and can be a focal point.  For the garden lover, this is almost a necessity.  That and the seed catalogues, gardening books and magazines that sit shelved waiting for those months when we can devote more time to them.  Afterall, if we are not outside in the garden, we are inside dreaming and planning for the next season. 
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10 comments:

joey said...

I like your shadow shots :) and dreaming of spring here too.

Angie said...

Great indoor shots. Stay warm!

Sylvia K said...

Such beautiful shadow shots and I, too, am dreaming of spring! Hope your weekend is going well! Stay warm!

Sylvia

Really Rainey said...

My favorite is the palm shadow on the wall... It almost looks like wallpaper! Pretty!

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Hey Harriet said...

-20? Oh my gosh I'm having a hard time trying to wrap my head around such extreme temps! I wouldn't last a second in such cold weather! Those poor cars buried in snow. Even -5 sounds horrible. I hope it warms up for you soon. And I hope you have very good heating so that you're at least comfortable inside. I'd dare not venture outside. I'd hibernate like a bear if I could through winter if I lived where you lived. Wishing you a happy and much warmer week :)

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Okay, now I'm singing in my head "Counting Shadows on the wall....that don't bother me at all....smokin' cigarettes and watchin' Capt'n Kangaroo....."


Terrific shadow photos. I love the greenery.



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Serendipity said...

Lovely shadows! Spring eagerly awaited here, too...

Rambling Woods said...

I have always had lots of house plants that my cats never bothered with until I got these two...there are no plants anywhere that these two can get into so I had to give some of them away....sigh..always had my classroom full of them too...

Arija said...

Green fronds indoors when all is white outside, are a real joy; Great that you keep your geranium flowering in the winter. Here they flower all year round, just not as spectacularly in the cold months. Not letting it rest certainly will not be harmful. I know you know what you are doing but I always dry off my cuttings for a few days at least before putting them in soil. They tend to strike quicker that way.
I'd probably be forcing a few hyacinths for a bit of perfume as well.

Hugs and Blessings . . . Arija

Shirley said...

I may just try your method for propogating cuttings Arija. I've never had problems just cutting them and inserting them into the soil but it wouldn't hurt to try your method too.

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