|Fuchsia 'New Wind Chimes Dark Eye' shares a container |
with Pelargonium 'Distinction'.
During the winter, I keep a few dozen plants taken from cuttings and other new plants purchased just for the house.
|Pelargonium 'Distinction' is pretty even without flowers.|
|Oxalis adenophylla asks little and performs |
well in early winter.
I can't seem to get enough Pelargoniums (commonly known as geraniums), especially the fancy-leaved varieties. Some will even bloom, lightly and sporadically just to keep things interesting during the cold, dark months.
By February, a couple of little Oxalis (shamrocks) began to shine, producing leaves and flowers at the same time. My favorite is the species O. adenophylla, commonly known as wood sorrel. Although it is hardy, I can't imagine not planting where I can see it up close to appreciate its delicate-looking bluish leaves, which is the main attraction.
Another Pelargonium continues to impress, even sending up a few blooming stems. It's called 'Mosaic Silky', which I'm guessing refers to the leaves and flowers respectively. The pale green leaves are etched in white; its double flowers a mid-pink with petals as ruffled as the bows on a little girl's party dress.
|Pelargonium 'Mosaic Silky' has flowers as pretty as its leaves.|
|Zephyranthes primulina is a pretty little flower that grows|
easily from a bulb.
Such was the case in March, 2017 that my little pot of yellow rain lilies brightened up my days. Easy to grow from a tiny bulb, these little guys put on a subtle show throughout the summer after I'd put it outside.
|Stinky heirloom Freesia, or Freesia|
leichtlinii subsp. alba looks better than it smells.