Little Spot of Floral Color

The British say they would like a spot of tea, which I enjoy, too.  But something else I crave is a little spot of color on living plants in the house during the winter months.

iceplantAnd sometimes, a little spot is all you get, like this flower on an Ice Plant.  But it brightens a windowsill that provides indirect light.

Just break off a few stems of an ice plant growing in a pot outside.  Stick the stems in a pot of soil and bring inside and keep moist until it roots and grows.  The outside plant will die during a freeze, anyway.  So you kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.  Rescuing a plant for another year and being able to enjoy it inside.

kolancheAnother plant that needs to be brought inside is Kalanchoe.  As this plant demonstrates, they tend to get leggy and the stems drape down.  To start another plant, follow the same steps as for the Ice Plant.  So it’s possible to keep starting new plants almost indefinitely.

kolanche2Even when the plant starts looking scraggly, the small clusters of flowers are pretty.  This particular variety of Kalanchoe has pale yellow and pink blooms in the small cluster.

kolanche4Each plant usually has lots of clusters at one time.

kolanche3Because many people desire flowers in their homes,  florists do a booming business.  But I love the fact that living plants produce flowers over and over.

“I grow plants for many reasons:  to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.”  David Hobson

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