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Published Tuesday, February 2, 2021, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Parrot tulips

So showy! Parrot tulips bring out our wild side, no?

Red and white frilly parrot tulips bloom in wintertime indoors

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Published Wednesday, January 27, 2021, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Houseplants in afternoon sunshine

Winter’s big plus up in Seattle is that the sun, when it’s shining, comes way deep into the room if you have a southern exposure. The plants are a bit confused as they get no direct sun in the summer but of course then there are much longer days.

Dried blue hydrangeas and a Thanksgiving cactus on mom’s glass-topped table, I think from the 30s.

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Published Monday, January 25, 2021, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink anthurium

My anthurium plant has given me a lot of pleasure with its long bloom time and pretty shadows. Since I am in Seattle it seems to be thriving in a south window. Its heart-shaped “flower” is actually a bract, or a modified leaf, flaring out from the base of a fleshy spike (spadix) where the tiny real flowers grow.

Pink anthurium, or sweetheart flower, blooms in winter sunshine

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Published Thursday, January 21, 2021, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Free calendar

In honor of Inauguration Day yesterday and the big change it represents for the USA, I created a 2021 photo calendar of beautiful bouquets, all taken over the last few years at Seattle’s NW Flower & Garden Festival (formerly the NW Flower & Garden Show). #NWFGS #NWFGF You are welcome to download and share this Bouquets 2021 Calendar.

If you print it out, I suggest at perhaps at 80% size (for even borders), centered on the page, printing on only ONE side of the page—a little craft project for you. Enjoy!

In the comments, I’d love to know your favorite photo page.

Cover art of the free letter-size calendar download below.

Download here: 2021Bouquets

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Published Saturday, January 2, 2021, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

The light is growing

I can feel the light growing! The earth has tipped its axis and the daylight begins to return. Happy New Year to you and yours.

Red amaryllis and paperwhites, blooming even in dark times

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Published Saturday, December 19, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Emerging bulbs

Went outside the other day in a dry break and was thrilled to see these bluebell sprouts pushing up already. It’s not even technically winter yet and they speak to us of spring.

Green tips of spring flowers getting started early

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Published Sunday, November 29, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Cotoneaster berries

The cotoneaster berries are super red this year. Birds and photographers love their winter redness. Note: this plant has an extremely weird pronunciation. You might think it was “cotton Easter,” but no. It’s actually pronounced cuh-tone-ee-AST-er. Isn’t that something?

Brilliant red cotoneaster berries from above

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Published Tuesday, November 24, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Reaching for the sun

In Seattle, houseplants at a south-facing window get actual sunshine in the winter months.

Asparagus fern’s new frond reaches to the sun

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Published Sunday, November 15, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Thanksgiving cactus flower

I know that usually these are all called Christmas cactus, but the points on the leaves mean it’s Schlumbergera truncata, or Thanksgiving cactus, and not Schlumbergera bridgesii. I am happy to report it is blooming the proper time, not that I do anything special to it. I have several different colors and they all seem to be liking the indoor weather this year.

Close up of a white Thanksgiving cactus flower with magenta edges

Bonus image!

Thanksgiving cactus with red flowers, with its planty friends

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Published Tuesday, October 27, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Sundew bud

I adore my little carnivorous plant, a Cape sundew. It eats fruit flies and soil gnats! A few short months ago I transplanted the three little plants that were in a 2″ pot into a 4″ pot, filled with sphagnum moss. They are so happy—I need a bigger pot already! One just bloomed and now the second one is getting a flower.

Care tips: 1) Must sit in an outer pot kept filled with water about halfway up. 2) NEVER give it fertilizer. The bugs feed it. Learned this the hard way.

Tiny droplets attract fruit flies and soil gnats on the Drosera capensis, commonly known as the Cape sundew

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Published Friday, October 23, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

I brought the plants inside

I live in the Pacific Northwest so it gets kind of cold, with some frost, at least, most years. So that means moving the houseplants inside (ideally on an overcast day) and then finding room for them, which is the hard part. I’m still rearranging. South windows are so great in the winter, especially in Seattle. That low-angled sunshine (when it appears) will come all the way into the room in a few weeks. Outside the window is a peach tree on the right and on the left in back, a huge, ancient cedar tree.

Houseplants and shadows in a quick Seattle sunbreak

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Published Tuesday, October 20, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Yellow brugmansia

Like my last post, this photo was taken exactly ten years ago at Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory. I hear the fragrance in the evenings was incredible.

These flowers are so elegant and graceful, but I found it surprisingly difficult to get a photo that showed it. I hope this one succeeded.

Golden yellow brugmansia or Angels Trumpet inside the Volunteer Park Conservatory in 2010

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