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March 21, 2012

Spring has sprung!

Living in northern Michigan which is a naturally beautiful area, but it sure has it's ups and downs!
As you saw in last post we got slammed with what ended up to be 22" of snow in about 16 hrs.  Not two weeks later we were all melted down and enjoying 70 degree weather and have been breaking records for many days.  Today is anticipated to reach 84... as much as I love this warm up I know it's too soon and I fear for our plants.  Next week we resume more normal temps in the 50's for a while and then we'll graduate upward.  That should slow things down, but my magnolia may not like it at all!  I saw forsythias blooming in town yesterday.  It's about 3 weeks early for even them!
If you stare through my window at the edge of the woods you will notice the greening going on with the trees...this is way too early!
I am delighted that my Christmas Cactus has started to bloom again! I'm going to transplant it to a larger pot.  I've know women that have grown these for 20 years....
I think that's pretty impressive!  I hope I can keep mine going for a long time too!  The cyclamen started blooming a few weeks ago...I am enjoying how long the flowers have been lasting on it!
Old "Hairy" here...has had 3 hair cuts since last fall (a baby tears plant).  I saved it from last years outside garden plants.  I think I'll split it up when I'm ready to put it outdoors and see how it does.


At Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania they had Cyclamen plants around the base of Christmas Trees...they said it used to be the favored plant before the Poinsettia took off in popularity.   
 I nearly lost this plant after Christmas. It really got sickly looking, so I cut off all the sick looking parts of the plant and hoped for the best!  Eventually it started coming back and I am grateful to see it blooming again!
 I've enjoyed having these plants through the winter.  It gives me something to look after and I feel a great reward when they continue to grow and flower!
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope your spring has been going along as nicely as ours!
I'm going to venture out with the camera and see what I can catch growing already! I know there are some crocuses blooming!
Liz

11 comments:

  1. Hi Liz, your plants are doing great! We have been having the most gorgeous weather. I love that my heating bill will be lower! Trees are blooming and my neighbors forsythia is a glorious burst of happy yellow. xo

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    1. I'm with you Barbara- not having to have the furnace running is a good thing!

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  2. All of you in Mi. do get a lot of ups and downs in your weather. Big difference from just a little south of you. Your indoor plants do really well for you.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. They say in Michigan, if you don't like the weather, just wait a few hours and it will change!! LOL..

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  3. Liz, your plants are looking great! I was so thrilled to see your Christmas cactus. I have had mine for about 3-4 years; and it has never bloomed...until now!! I have 3 flowers on it; and I got so excited! Do you do anything special to yours?

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    1. My window faces East so it gets some morning sun. I've been using a liquid fertilizer for house plants too, but that's it. I think they like to stay in the same location- not be moved around a lot.

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  4. We are a bit too early over here too but not with your dramatic temperature swings. I enjoyed looking at your plants.

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  5. I keep geraniums on my window sill to brighten the days.. Your plants look lovely. I am not one to keep them 2 years much less 20.. xo marlis

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  6. Liz,
    Beautiful blooms!!
    Did I tell you before that I am only 2 hours from Longwood gardens??

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  7. Hi Liz,

    Your houseplants look so colorful and cheery! The Cyclamen has such dainty blooms.

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