|The Gardenia just keeps flowering despite my treatment.|
I bought four Sun Blaster bulbs to put in some track lighting in the room at the back of the house (for lack of anything else to call it). The room has high ceilings and a concrete floor, and it's where the huge planters live in the wintertime.
|Swallowtail butterflies |
The lights run just $7.99 apiece and screw into regular-sized sockets ala track lighting.
I'd wanted to keep the Murraya paniculata in the sunroom, but it will, I think, do better in with the big guys.
|Murraya blooms outdoors in summer.|
The Murraya transmogrifies itself into the most beautifully-scented plant in my garden at least twice per season. Its flowers arrive in clusters at the end of the branches. They're nothing fancy, but when you carry a fragrance like orange blossoms, you don't have to be visually impressive. During the winter, if it's happy, it will bloom just enough to remind me it's there.
|A happy clutch of bloomers preen beneath the plant lights.|
The lights will certainly have a good influence on the refugees from the winter. I won't have to listen to their leaves drop or face the sticky substance left by so many aphids by mid-February. At least I hope not. It might be too early to tell, but I'm optimistic enough to feed them with a blooming fertilizer.