Friday, December 17, 2010

Fertilizer Friday 12/17/2010

Hello everyone!
Today is “Fertilizer Friday” with our hostess
Tootsie and you do not have to look around
here for very long to see that there nothing
practically in bloom at my home this time
of the year.
The color of the day outside is white on white
after another five inches of new snow yesterday
but the Upper Falls at Old Mans Cave was
freezing on our walk this week and was starting
to look lovely.
By the time the Winter Hike is held the
last of January  the waterfalls at the local parks
in the Hocking Hills Park system will be spectacular
with giant ice formations if the weather stays as
cold as it has been. Last winter was the biggest
attendance for the hike with over 5,000 hikers.
           We have been having January temperatures
here in Ohio.
With more snow moving in the first of the week
it appears a white Christmas will be a guaranteed.
In fact the only blooms I have here now besides
my African Violet is this new red Cyclamen
that I picked up at the Conservatory on our visit.
The Amaryllis are growing but whether or not
there will be blooms is still to be seen.
The Poinsettia that was brought up from
the dark of the basement is hanging in there
but my or may not grow and bloom.
I am ready for Christmas for the most part.
Some chocolate peanut butter fudge  is to be made
yet and some cookies have to be baked next week.

So for Fertilizer Friday I am falling back on some more
blooms from Franklin Park Conservatory.
This lovely white Cyclamen was in bloom at the Conservatory. There are so many Cyclamens this
time of the year but I loved these white ones growing
with white poinsettias under their Fir trees that were
lighted with blue mini lights. Violas_Dec2 These little violas looked like the cold was getting to
them out on the patio. They had their petals all closed up.
Kale_Dec2 Even the Kale though still very pretty was drooping a little.
I have to try to grow some of this next Summer for the pots
for Fall color.
The dried Hydrangea heads added to the winter
landscape for some texture in the gardens.
This plant was tagged as a Threadleaf Sundew
Drosera filiformis and was still growing outdoors
in a courtyard. I had to look this one up but the
ones I found online looked nothing like this one.
This one reminded me of a Jack in the Pulpit.
Maybe the marker was meant for a plant that
had already died out.
Anyone know what this plant is?
Thanks Everyone for the ID of this
Sarracenia Pitcher Plant !!!!


For those of you who will be busy next week or
traveling I wish you all safe journeys and
have a Wonderful Christmas!



Bernie said...

Sending Christmas wishes from downunder. Your FF post was just fabulous ... the falls show is just magnificent!

Your little Christmas decorating touches are just lovely ... how terrific does old Saint Nick look on top or your ornament shelf!

I enjoyed your shots from the Conservatory ... the plant you weren't sure about looks like a type of Pitcher Plant - Sarracenia.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

White Christmas? It's our dream too! Love your blue&white pots, Lona, and the sled! The first and last pictures are fantastic and scream Winter!

Carol said...

Lovely! Lovely Lona! Your place is looking very much like Christmas. I love your first photo! What a stunning falls. We only have a dusting of snow here. Enjoy the magic of this time of year. Happy Christmas . . . nearly here.

texasdaisey said...

What beautiful sights all around you!

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Everything you photographed is beautiful! I'd love to hike to those falls in the winter. What natural beauty. Stay warm.

Elephant's Eye said...

Your mystery looks like a Saracenia pitcher-plant? Both carnivorous, but someone invaded your labelled pot ;>)

lifeshighway said...

I'm not sure but it seems to be some kind of pitcher plant and it quite lovely.

T Opdycke said...

Hi Lona...I love that photo of the dried hydrangea head in the garden. It's soft and elegant. I guess hydrangeas look beautiful no matter the time of year or maybe it's just me.

The unknown plant sure looks like jack-in-the-pulpit to me, too.

Stay warm and cozy!

Patsy said...

I just love your Cyclamens.
Merry Christmas!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Loved all your photo Lona. The cyclamen is gorgeous but my favourite has got to be the little cardinal on the branch. Merry Christmas.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Lona, you look so ready for Christmas even the beautiful cardinal.


Grace Peterson said...

I agree it looks like a pitcher plant. Mine is still in full splendor too. Love the cardinal shot. said...

You are really surrounded by beauty this season. Have a merry!

Noelle said...

Hi Lona,

Oh, I love all of your beautiful winter scenery. What I wouldn't give for a few days of snow...

I will be busy baking this next week too, including my pumpkin bread. I'll be sure to post the recipe :-)

Autumn Belle said...

The Franklin Park Conservatory is a nice place of which I will never tire of viewing from your posts. The blooming white cladamens are lovely and I do wish you have a wonderful white Christmas.

Stephanie said...

I am surprised that sarracenia is growing in the cold. Love the pitchers of sarracenia. They are lovely ;-)

Your red and white cyclamens are looking superb. I didn't see any of these colours here yet. I only saw normal pinks selling here.

Your dried hydrangeas are lovely.

Blessed Christmas to you, your daughter and family :-D

Andrea said...

Hi Lona, that dried falls is fabulous, though i cannot relate to it as we dont have winter here. I would definitely love to see waterfalls which lie dormant like that, as if they are statues. Other photos like cyclamen we only have here because they are imported. Your photos are great. BTW, thanks for picking on my post.

luisa said...

Hi Lona:

Your photos are beautiful!!!!,your winter is gorgeous and blog is lovely.MERRY CHRISTMAS for you and your family and friends.

Kate said...

Well, I do love Cyclamen so those pictures made my day. I've never participated in Fertilizer Friday but geez, with 2 horses? I should definitely hop onto that bandwagon. LOL

Here's wishing you the Merriest of Christmases, Lona. Hope you have a wonderful week.

Diana (Di) said...

Hello Lona,
It looks like you are about ready: red and white, all very nice, and I especially love your dried hydrangea photos. Lovely.

I wanted to be sure and stop by and say Merry Christmas to you and yours! and may the New Year be joyous and filled with much good health and happiness. See you next year. ;)

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

There's so much beauty around you now. The waterfall is so pretty! I can't wait to see it in January if you go on the hike.

Tanya Boracay said...

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Kate (daisygirl_io) said...

Hi Lona - You have some beautiful shots here. The cyclamen and the sled are gorgeous!

The mystery plant is an american pitcher plant (Sarracenia)

Merry Christmas!

Kathleen said...

Chocolate peanut butter fudge? Yum! That sounds dangerous!

Your winter photos are great Lona. I love the sled photo but that cardinal photo could easily be a Christmas card. It's perfect.
Have a Merry Christmas and stay warm.

Barbara said...

Merry Christmas to you, too. Barbara