We have some tender plants. Orchids, the brugmansias, walking iris, some cacti, a staghorn fern, pots of amaryllis and rain lilies, are put outside for the warm part of the year. In October, we bring them inside the house for the winter.
The fall before last, on a 28° morning, we found a neighbor’s little staghorn fern, frozen stiff on their porch. Our hearts melted, and we brought it inside to thaw.
We have some east facing windows dedicated to some orchids. They must be happy, as they give us blooms almost every year. Here are the most recent buds to appear.
As the days shorten, the Christmas cactus are coming into bloom.
I’ve always admired their elaborately constructed flowers.
Christmas cactus originally come from Brazil, where they’re called “Flor de Maio”, or “Mayflower”, from their time of bloom in the Brazilian spring. Our Mayflower, the trailing arbutus, isn’t as showy, but it sure does smell heavenly.