Sunday, December 4, 2011

cold weather bloomers

My kitchen windowsill is blooming!  I love having plants and flowers when it is so dreary outside.

My Christmas cactus is blooming right on time

My collections of McCoy white critters are perfect for succulents

An avocado seeds will be sprouting soon..

But my all time favorite is the paperwhites.

I get a little carried away.  I put them in everything..

I love the way they look in the old blue Atlas jar

or a white creamer

Crocks, glass jars and rusted buckets make a good home to the bulbs

Just bloomed this morning!

 I love my two old coffee cans!

I made this little bird house a couple of years ago-
I stuck it in my plant at the studio..cute!

I love this small sifter, just right for more succulents.

It has been cold and raining the last couple of days here in central Texas.
When the skies are grey and dreary, it is nice to look at my windowsills and see the beauty of the paperwhites, Christmas cactus and other growing, green plants.  

I can't wait until the rest of my paperwhites bloom!  They are such sweet little flowers!




Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

I love all your plants, though paperwhites are my favorites too! Your containers are also neat.....I qm having a burlap handbag giveaway. Hope you stop by and enter.

TexWisGirl said...

i've never seen/had paperwhites. they look pretty. but i love your coffee cans and sifter! :)

Bohemian said...

I'm glad you're finally getting some rain there in Texas after the long drought you all have been having there! I'm Loving your indoor florals, I too Love Paperwhites, they have a heady fragrance and grow in almost anything. I'm also glad you came by for a visit so that I could discover your Blog too! This is such a great Community with so much Talent and Inspiration.

Christmas Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Old Fashioned Kitty said...

gorgeous, Cindy! How are you doing the avocado seed? I would like to try that sometime. My dad grew up with avocado groves in California, I think I inherited a bit of avocado fever.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Your plants are wonderful - love your ingenious containers - the old coffee cans and sifter are great! Love me my paperwhites too - but always have problems with them getting too tall and bending over - uh duh, a tall glass jar like that would be perfect! Hmmmm...wonder if it's too late to find bulbs....Rain? We got a good dose of the white stuff over the weekend. Tis the season....Wising you a great week ahead! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Linda said...

Everything looks wonderful! I love the succulents and paper whites too...just lovely! You display them so nice!

Anonymous said...

So bright & pretty! This is the first year I've tried growing paperwhites, and so far very little is happening. I guess the roots are busy doing their thing.
Wishing you a lovely one, Cindy!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Girl, you have the perfect spot to grow flowes in that window. I love the creative way you put to use these old and handmade items to grow plants in them.

Those paper whites will be blooming in no time.

Tell my about the advacado? How do you grow a plant from the pit?

Bead and Needle said...

So jealous...I don't think my Christmas Cactus will bloom this year, sadly...Happy Monday, Cindy! Tanya

Vicki said...

This is a great post. I love your containers. The coffee can, sifter and mason jars are fab!

Tina Eudora said...

I have always wanted to try forcing some bulbs during the winter season and have never tried. Maybe I will give it a go this year as yours look so wonderful!
Tina xo

Romeo said...

MOL - "she" is not so smart....always thought the paperwhites were little white daffodils meowmeowmeow Purrsonally, I love the purrfect little bite size of them. But I will refrain from sampling, afterall with that kind of weather you really do need those little faces of happiness. "She" loves the old containers best :) Purrhaps the sifter, although normally "she" has a weakness for blue ball jars...but then there is the coffee cans, those are up there in the favorites too.....

We hope all is well. Thinking of mew.....and Trixie!


Romeo and "her"

Stephanie said...

Love all of your creative containers!

Curtains in My Tree said...

I enjoyed all your plants also . I like to have something blooming all year round also.
My Christmas catus was blooming Thanksgiving and still has a few blooms
I usually have an amarillis, guess I forgot to get me one. Did you see where you can hang your amarillis bloom unside down and water it through the stem? I am going to try that

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

I fell in love with your cactus I had to go get one. So beautiful...

HOPE your weekend is a blessed one.

Anonymous said...

It's great that you are keeping spring/summer alive in your house! It's cold here in Loveland, OH...but very Christmas-y. Come January I'll want spring but right now, I'm enjoying winter!!

Privet and Holly said...

Oh, I'm a hopeless
romantic when it
comes to paper
whites, too! Love
all your sweet containers.

xx Suzanne

Rural Revival said...

One can never get carried away with paper whites! Oh how beautiful they are and your succulents too! You've just inspired me!! : )