Christmastime in the Garden Window

I cannot believe how quickly the Paperwhites bloomed!  I planted them only 3 weeks ago and look – already they are blooming!

They are VERY fragrant as well.  B is not so sure it’s a good fragrance (and I tend to agree), but they are beautiful, nonetheless!  I planted an additional planter, so more should start blooming in about 3 weeks.

I’m just so excited to have flowers blooming in December, I don’t really care what they smell like!

And look who else decided to show up for the party!  Cmas CactusMy Christmas cactus (schlumbergera) hasn’t bloomed for 2 years, and just look how many blooms I will have this Christmas!

This Garden Window may not be the best location for him, as too much light can cause the stems to turn red.  These guys love shade, and they love moisture.  They don’t really sound like much of a cactus!  My Garden Window gets direct sun, due to it’s unfortunate eastern exposure.  The winter months aren’t nearly as harsh as summer, though.  After the blooming this year, I’m going to propagate this guy.  Stay tuned for that feature.

I’m so excited for the Garden Window!

 

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My garden window

A few years ago, I had a garden window installed in our family room.  It’s eastern exposure is less than ideal, as the morning sun is pretty intense there.  I applied a UV film, which really cut back on the scorching of the plants that were in the window, but it still gets too much direct light.

I’ve decided that my next winter garden project will be to get the right kind of plants in there that can thrive.  I want that window to be a showcase in the family room, not just a toss off pile of former dish gardens!

Garden Window - Before

The window currently contains a mother-in-law’s tongue (that is actually doing very well there), an African violet (that truly does not belong there), a shamrock plant that struggles, numerous peace lilies, a hanging spider plant, a Christmas cactus that refuses to bloom, and a cyclamen that looks like it’s on its last leg.  I’m sure these plants would do so much better in indirect light.

So I’m wondering if it’s possible to create more shade in that window.  I need to find some sort of plant that loves direct light and can grow tall enough to produce an umbrella affect for the tender plants it will protect.  I’m thinking of a vining plant, preferably a flowering one.  Maybe a clematis?  Never thought of trying one indoors.  Hmmm.  Any suggestions?

Another problem in that window (especially in the winter), is the temperature.  The windows aren’t drafty, but it still gets pretty chilly in there.  I think the nature of the window, jutting out from the room into the outdoors, is just going to be chilly.  And now I’m thinking I should probably get some heating pads in there.  And a tray of pebbles with water for moisture wouldn’t hurt either!

OK – I’ve got some homework to do!