Today’s photos come from the indoor garden of Laura Snyder, a professional photographer who finds great pleasure in shooting at home on her four-acre property just outside of Ottawa, Ontario.
Like everyone else, I rely on bulbs and other indoor plants to keep my spirits up over the long winter months. Pictured here is a bright red anthurium, which is a great houseplant if you have a fairly high light situation for them.
African violets (Saintpaulia species and hybrids) repeatedly bloom for me, and I always have a rotation of a few in bloom on the windowsill. I think the key to getting blooms is to let them dry out between waterings. I’ve house-sat for people who keep them in a tray of water with a wick system, but I didn’t see a bloom over the entire eight-week period.
Here’s another African violet with abundant blooms. (Editor’s note: There are tons of exciting new African violet hybrids out there these days. Check out this GPOD to see some of them.)
I’m lucky enough to have been gifted a beautiful clivia (Clivia miniata, Zones 10–11 or as a houseplant) that is now coming into its second bloom in as many years. What a stunner! Last year it bloomed just in time for Easter and was appreciated by visiting family.
Pink hyacinth (Hyacinthus hybrid, Zones 3–9) in bloom.
Close-up of a purple hyacinth.
I always forget just how exquisite the fragrance of paperwhites (Narcissus tazetta, Zones 8–11 or forced indoors) and hyacinth is. These plants lift my mood whenever I come into the room. Can anyone tell me once and for all if I should replant these spent bulbs in the spring/fall or just compost them?
Hyacinths are beautiful even before the flower buds open.
The small flowered daffodil ‘Tête-à-Tête’ (Narcissus ‘Tête-à-Tête’ Zones 4–8) is popular for forcing indoors for early bloom.
Detail of a narcissus bloom.
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