The Violet Fern

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What’s Blooming: Rosemary and a Spike!


Things are looking brighter here. The sun is stronger, the shadows longer. My indoor plants are taking notice. My rosemary is doing unbelievably well this year. Both types are blooming (usually just the creeping blooms).

rosemary in bloom

Amaryllis Evergreen is growing. It has a big, beautiful bud that I can’t wait to see unfold. It looks green as promised. There are more leaves peeking from the bulb. I may even get a second stalk.

amaryllis evergreen

For those of you who do not regularly read my blog, I have been struggling with where to place my orchids since we moved into our NY house. They were extremely happy in their spot in our Maine house. Here, not so much. Many have dwindled into smaller and smaller plants and I haven’t had one bloom in four or five years. I moved them once again into my office/studio and invested in some large bell jars to hold warmth and humidity. (See previous post Project: Indoor Garden Shelf) I am happy to report it is working! I finally have a spike on my moth orchid (it is to the left tucked under the leaf). Hopefully my other orchids will positively respond, too.

orchid spike

This is what the flower will look like from a previous picture of this orchid blooming in Maine.

moth orchid bloom

There may be a few buds outdoors in the garden but for now they are buried in snow. What is blooming for you? Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens on the 15th of each month. Share the love, share your blooms!


Author: Kathy Sturr

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

8 thoughts on “What’s Blooming: Rosemary and a Spike!

  1. Kathy, I am trying to rehab an orchid and this is a wonderful idea… perhaps I will be successful after all….looks like you may have some blooms…

    • I am sure you will be able to rehab your orchid Donna. They really are tough plants – it’s getting them to rebloom that can be a long process. What kind do you have?

  2. You’ve done a great project with the orchid. I spent four years trying to get rebloom on one that came in a glass cylinder growing in stones. It put up aerial roots and then one day, I saw the mitten shape on a stem! Buds are still tiny but I’m excited.

    Amaryllis are another challenge.

    • There’s not much more exciting than an orchid bloom! I have to visit that wonderful green house of yours again. It’s so uplifting. Will I see your orchid there?

      • The greenhouse is too cool for orchids; when we have freezing temps at night, it’s barely above freezing. The orchids are in front of an east window in the house.

  3. I’m impressed by the size of your blooming rosemary. Gives me hope for keeping one going indoors over the winter in Maine. The orchid I bought for my office, on the other hand, seems beyond hope — well and truly dead. 😦

    • I used to successfully overwinter Rosemary in Maine too. If you can keep those beautiful cyclamen, I’m certain you can keep Rosemary! Is your office orchid a dendrobium? Some will drop all their leaves as part of a cycle.

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  4. Yay for your orchids! When I lived in an apartment, I had a few orchids that were so carefree…and bloomed off and on all year long…for some reason, when we moved, they all declined…too drafty, I guess 😦

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