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Hardy Plants for the Winter

I think I can see the end of winter! It’s the little bit of blue in the clouds. Yes, we probably have another month or two of chilly air and cameo sun appearances, but we’ll get through it. It might not be time for me to go out there, planting and sowing (I  just don’t have the energy any more) but maybe I should be looking into some hardier winter plants. After all, it’s not like every flower in the entire world just shrivels and dies for a whole season every year. And it’s also unlikely that places that are always cold have no flowers at all.

According to my research, hippeastrums are quite hardy. Ooh, the hippeastrum apple blossom looks ravishing. And the ambience…looks like it lives up to its name. How have I not discovered this flower type before?

Oh, here I am, kidding myself, silly old girl that I am. It’s not like I’m an avid green thumb. I might plant every year and take care of things, but I’ve always been solely focused on the easy plants. I don’t much care for the flowers that require lots of effort and care.

There’s not a great variety in my garden but what’s there is rather nice. It seems to be a collection of what I’m comfortable looking after and what looks good for when we have visitors. I think that might come from that ornamental liquid amber I bought a few years ago. It was my pride and joy, until it withered one summer, right before we had a dinner party. I had to get Reggie to rip it up just before they came, I was so mortified.

Well, it’s time to branch out, no pun intended. It’s never too late to learn something new, or in this case, plant some gorgeous ornamental Japanese maples. I might even keep this one alive! Let’s hope it’s hardy.

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Maintaining a bathroom garden

I had a few thoughts this week about some of the upgrades to my garden. I came to the realisation that bathroom renovations do not have to be about knocking down walls and patiently laying down endless designer tiles. Some cheap spring bulbs breathe life into your bathroom for a fraction of the cost of more involved alterations.

There is an art to crafting the perfect bathroom garden. You need to select plants which complement each other as well as your existing decor. Even more importantly, you need to choose plants which are suited to the bathroom environment. Flowers normally grown in tropical regions can do quite well in a bathroom setting with all of its humidity. Depending on the layout of your bathroom, you may have more flexibility in choosing plants. Bathrooms with plenty of natural light and air flow will accommodate many plants which you may think could only survive outside.

Daffodils are a favourite among indoor gardening enthusiasts. They are simple to grow, and are prized for their beauty. However, are they suitable for your bathroom garden?

Surprisingly, the humid environment of a frequently used bathroom is conducive to the fast growth of daffodils. The brightly coloured flowers are actually best stored in highly humid conditions. However, they do require a cool room for best results, so limit your hot showers to less than 5 minutes at a time. You’ll want to leave your exhaust fan to stop the room getting too steamy and wilting the flowers. 

Daffodils are grown from a bulb, so you will not get your splash of colour immediately. It is more of a waiting game, though they will shoot up quickly in a cool bathroom environment. Remember to put them somewhere with indirect sunlight; near a window or even a skylight is suitable. Despite your bathroom garden being surrounded by humidity, regular watering remains a necessity. I recommend watering your daffodils daily as growing flowers require plenty of water to reach their full potential.