with some indoor blooms ~ enough of the frost already!
Temperatures soared immediately when buds were discovered on the Clivia.
Forgiveness was granted for its perplexing habit of blooming way down in the foliage (instead of up on a proper stalk) because who's kidding who ~ the color is AMAZING:
Bloom on ~ the perfect balm for a winter weary soul.
Attempts to cultivate a lantana topiary caused the thermostat to inch upward even more when it became loaded with buds/blooms.
Okay, maybe not so much in the above photo but look below:
If that isn't an instant tropical escape I don't know what is!
The value of a winter bloom can never be overrated ~ my northern gardener friends know this all too well.
One more thing bound to blow the mercury:
Paph Orchid 'Robert McCabe' ~ on track to be open for Christmas!
Could be the warmest holiday ever.....
(we'll just skip over the part where staying indoors is necessary to achieve that!)