02 February 2011

Winter flowers

Most of the plants in my house every winter are things I've trying to overwinter for the garden next year. I don't generally expect them to do much or look pretty -- just stay alive. It was with that in mind that I brought in a pot of Solanum seaforthianum. With the common name of Brazilian Nightshade, I didn't really expect it to be too happy with my cool (56F/13 C at night , 64F/18C during the day) house. But sitting close to a east-facing window, and getting watered when I remember it, it seems to be quite happy, vining all around everything else clustered at the window and producing rather charming little clusters of purple flowers
Here are some rather happily posed in front of my favorite begonia, 'Little Brother Montgomery'
And another cluster getting some back-lit action by my variegated agave.


Who wouldathunk? I think I like it better as a winter flowering houseplant than I did in the garden last summer!

10 comments:

Cyndy said...

Congratulations on those fab purple blooms, but of course my eye goes straight to begonia LBM - love him!

Greensparrow said...

Cyndy,
Oh I know! I love begonias, but I've never met one who could touch LBM! Adore him!

Tin said...

So pretty! It's always nice when something unexpectedly blooms in the winter.

scottweberpdx said...

Love it...although I think I like the begonia even more :-)

Kat said...

Those are pretty sweet. They look almost fuzzy. Nice shade of blue.

allanbecker-gardenguru said...

Energy must be very expensive in your area if you keep the daytime temperature at 64

Tom said...

apparently I can't spell my own name... Am I the only person that likes the Solanum better than the Begonia???

Greensparrow said...

Allan,
Not so much expensive energy as the fact that I'm a grad student and thus poor... And, actually, I like it cool temperatures, and most of my plants like it better too.

peter said...

good post

bestessay said...

I love all these pictures.All these flowers are so gloomy and beautiful.God has given us seeds,its on us that we grow flowers or weeds.Thanks for sharing this article with us.keep posting.