I'm not sure what you mean by winter flowers, Grant, but this time of year isn't the end of my plant-love. I recently planted more bulbs -- daffodils, some crocus, "Glory of the Snow" and so on. Every year I add more to the yard. They'll sleep all winter and come to life in the early spring just about the time you think you're going to go nuts from the long winter. Some years I will grow some of those bulbs -- paper-whites -- indoors and enjoy them when they bloom.grantm91 said:Do you do winter flowers mark? When is your time to get them if so ? To me the dark green plastic looking leaves just mean it's time for Halloween, bonfire night and Christmas, they give me a real christmassy feeling. Oh and they remind me it's time to wrap the palm tree up.
Cute! We have some that grow outdoors and self-seed. Reminds me of pansies -- aren't those good for fall planters, too?Discusluv said:Like this one: how perfect is this for for
Fall: Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays?
Okay... Now I have some Googling to do! A 1605 blow-up parliament attempt? This sounds interesting... I could go for the fire! I love relaxing around a fire in the evening. When is it? I am definitely going to do some reading on this...grantm91 said:Wow @ohiomark, I now have some googling to do haha, you have a lot of flowers and plants and are very knowledgeable in that department, as are you Discusluv, I've only gotten into plants over the past 3 years, nothing serious like the fish hobby, the winter cactus is a winner I love it, I think I need one in my life. Bonfire night is a British holiday, it's the night guy falks tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 but was foiled, I wish he would come back and succeeded this time LOL. To average joe like me it means setting a fire and letting off fire works.
Gunpowder Plot - Facts & Summary - HISTORY.comOhio Mark said:Okay... Now I have some Googling to do! A 1605 blow-up parliament attempt? This sounds interesting... I could go for the fire! I love relaxing around a fire in the evening. When is it? I am definitely going to do some reading on this...
You definitely need a Christmas Cactus in your life, Grant. And they come in different colors, too. (This is kind of payback for encouraging MTS! Ha ha!) Check out www.logees.com for awesome indoor plants. I'm guessing shipping to the UK would be ridiculous, but at least it gives you an idea of some of the amazing houseplants available.
This reminds me... How did Bonfire Day go, Grant? Pictures??? I never thought of crocus etc. as winter flowers in the sense I think SPRING when I see them outside, but yeah -- GO FOR IT! We do see them blooming through the snow some years and they are so easy. We've got crocus in different colors planted in almost every flowerbed. They even come in deep orange and pink now... Daffodils come in just about every conceivable size or shape - even pale green or copper -- and then there are the less-popular-but-Ah-inspiring Glory-of-the-Snow that spreads and makes visitors say "Those are beautiful! What are they?" and Siberian Squill, for a punch of very rich, deep blue. Grape hyacinths also come in more colors than some people realize. We have one bed with those in white, various shades of blue, and different purples all planted thickly with yellow& orange daffodils. But the best (IMO) "winter flower" is helleborus.stella1979 said:The Gunpowder Plot and all that is a very interesting read. I came upon that a few years ago myself, though I first read about it in a historical fiction novel. Anyhow, I came upon this thread and wanted to mention crocus too! Like Ohio Mark said, it won't actually flower in the winter, but will sleep like the other bulbs he mentioned. Does it snow where you are Grant? Oh my goodness, there is nothing prettier than a crocus blooming up through a layer of snow, letting you know Spring is near. I would looove to have a bulb garden again. At my old place in NC I had a little front garden with only Crocus, Daffodils, Tulips and Lilies. I LOVE bulb flowers, and though they aren't winter flowers, they were the ones I thought about all winter when I lives up north. They showed themselves in that order every year too, with the crocus popping up in late winter and the lilies blooming well into late summer. Sorry, wish I could actually answer your question Grant, but I don't know of any winter flowers. I still think you and the gf would enjoy a little bulb garden if you can grow them. My hubs spends $$$ trying to buy stems of these very flowers for me about once a year, he knows how I love them.