The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making

In Search of Blooms


With temperatures dipping to 5° F this week, I know there is nothing blooming outside. I didn’t even purchase a poinsettia this year. I had to scrounge for a few measly blooms and even then I’m a day late for participating in gardener bloggers’ bloom day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens the 15th of each month. It’s a challenge to participate this time of year for some of us!

This shamrock is already thinking spring. Good little shamrock!
This Christmas cactus is really a Thanksgiving cactus and these blooms have already faded.
Sad, very sad. I do like this one because the blooms are almost white.
I don’t know what the name of this plant is and I can’t seem to get a good shot of the
little pom pom-like blooms, but I’m desperate here.
I don’t know the name of this plant either (in the same pot as the one above), but it has
been blooming for several months. I had it outside during the summer (ah, summer).
I transplanted most of my violets just recently and some are not too happy, but this one is.
Her blooms are edged in purple ruffles.

So, there you have it – dark, somber pictures in a winter mood. Let’s hope some of my orchids decide to bloom for next month!


Author: Kathy Sturr

Cultivating art, growing soul, and creating plant-based food in the beautiful 1000 Islands, New York and Cedar Key, Old Florida.

7 thoughts on “In Search of Blooms

  1. I love the shamrock, what great leaves. Also the spires of blue and white flowers.

  2. Gorgeous…such fabulous blooms…wonderful post!!

  3. Happy GBBD from Niagara Falls. Glad I stopped in. We too were so cold for outside blooms, but that did not stop me from shooting the snow covered plants.I thought it really represented my NY garden. No color, just gray. Nice to see your inside flowers but I was rather impressed with the watercolor. I too paint, draw and illustrate, lots of painted gnomes on my site.

  4. You rose to the December challenge with more flowers than me. I love that blue and white flower — it looks like Wedgwood china!

  5. The white flowers with purple spots look like one of our Plectranthuses? Fragrant leaves? Grows easily from cuttings?

  6. Thank you for commenting and giving me some insight on what these plants may be. I have not tried propagating any of these because, well, I have a LOT of plants – ha. Next month will be even more challenging!

  7. OH! Thank you gardentalk for commenting on my painting. I am glad you enjoyed. I will have to visit and look for your gnomes.

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