There's not much to blog about in the dead of Winter. It's been so cold, in fact, that even my spinach has given up! I do still have my houseplants though, and I really like houseplants! Let's take a look at some of my favorites.
This is an escargot begonia. It gets the name, "escargot" from the swirling leaves that resemble the shell of a snail; ie, escargot. (I have eaten escargot, and it is mighty tasty btw.) There are many types of begonias, and this one is considered best as a houseplant. It can live outdoors in very tropical climates, but in the US, it's going to perform best inside. I have had this plant for 7+ months, and it has done great. It prefers to dry out between waterings, and likes a nice deep drink when you do water it.
This particular begonia is not known for showy flowers, in fact, its flowers are quite modest. This plant is grown and appreciated for its foliage. I love the subtle red tint around the edge of the leaves.
This is another begonia grown for its decorative foliage. I don't think the specific name of this plant was on its tag when I purchased it, but if it was, I don't remember it! I enjoy putting together groupings like this. I think the asparagus fern does a nice job filling in the empty space here.
I like the contrast of deep purple with soft sage.
I've had this ponytail palm for three years now. It has required repotting each year, and will get as big as you let it. It can grow to eight feet tall if given a big enough pot! I think I prefer mine to remain miniature. This plant is very easy going.
It stores water in the base of its trunk, so if you forget to water it, there is a reserve! I try to water this plant once a week.
This is my second African mask. The first one lived over a year, and really its demise was my own fault. I forgot to water it. Sorry little guy. I'll try to do better with #2.
And here's another little grouping I put together.
If you're wondering what I do with my giant Boston Fern during Winter, here it is!
It takes up a lot of this room! I really need to divide it this year, I'm just not sure how to get that job done.