1 There may be snow on the ground, but that doesn't mean that things aren't blooming! These are hellebore plants getting ready to flower.
2 The so called Christmas rose, hellebores are particularly valued by gardeners for their winter and early spring flowering period. This yellow one was only recently planted.
3 However, at this time of year, to find other flowers, it's best to look in the greenhouse. This fabulous flower is a scadoxus, native to South Africa.
4 The common name of scadoxus is paintbrush lily and it is in the same family as amaryllis. Like amaryllis, the foliage emerges as the flower stalk fades.
5 At one end of the greenhouse, an impressive papaya is ripening on the tree. It looks a bit strange as currently, there are very few leaves. However, I can't wait for that papaya!
6 Near the papaya, a beautiful camellia has been blooming.
7 Camelias are native to eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalayas east to Japan and Indonesia. The most famous member of the camellia family is the tea plant.
8 The emerging flower of the very showy bromeliad, Aechmea chantinii. As epiphytes, bromeliads require very little soil or none at all to grow. Actually the roots are for attachment of the plants to surfaces. They are often found growing upon tree limbs.
9 You may recall a blog posting about rooting hydrangeas. As you can see, those cuttings are doing very nicely and one even decided to bloom!
10 My begonia collection is very large and many plants are blooming. This one is planted in a lovely basket-weave pot.
11 This begonia is called 'Northern Lights' and its leaves form a wonderful swirl.
12 There are also many orchids blooming in the greenhouse.
13 This spidery one is an oncidium intergeneric mix.
14 Another intergeneric mix in pale yellow with dark red design
15 This orchid has a few different flowering stems loaded with flowers.
16 It is an Oncidium hybrid. The petals of many Oncidiums are ruffled on the edges, as is the lip. Each flower looks like a little face.
17 These extraordinary blooms are lady slipper orchids. I started this plant from tissue culture that I brought back from Asia. It's taken several years, but this display makes all efforts worth it!
18 Lady slippers are characterised by the slipper-shaped pouches of the flowers.
19 Another fantastic lady slipper with very waxy flowers.
20 The pouch traps insects for the purpose of pollinating the flower. Some lady slippers actually look like the insects they attract!
21 This blood red orchid is another intergeneric mix. The petals have a wonderful velvety texture.
22 The vegetable greenhouse is growing splendidly! I've been enjoying fresh spinach and salad greens. The crops grow right in the specially amended soil. The tomato plants growing in tubs along the left wall look strong and healthy.
23 It's so wonderful having fresh produce all year long.
24 In the heated hoop house, my kumquat trees are loaded with fruit, which will be ready for picking in a few days.
25 Unlike other citrus, the entire fruit is meant to be eaten. The peel has a sweet flavor and the fruit has a strong tart taste. I love eating them right off the tree, but they can also be cooked in a sugar syrup to enjoy as a dessert.
26 In fact, all the citrus looks great! This is a Trovita dwarf orange tree with nicely ripening fruit.
27 Also in the hoop house are my giant kalanchoe velvet elephant ear plants. The soft, muted colors of the velvety leaves are so appealing to me.
28 My clivia collection is beginning to bloom. Clivia are also related to amaryllis.
29 Fragrant rosemary is also blooming away! I should pick some to toss with a fresh salad or bake some rosemary flower biscuits.
30 The cymbidium orchids are also blooming prolifically.
31 Cymbidiums are also called boat orchids and their generous flowering stems are excellent for cutting.
32 See what I mean? This bouquet will last for many days. Of course, the water needs to be changed often.
33 So elegant and fabulous!