January means little to do in the garden outside, but there are plenty of things to do inside. I am my annual mode of reading my new Farmer’s Almanac, perusing the seed catalogs, and scrounging for gardening magazines at the thrift stores and library magazine exchange. I already repotted my orchid, and I have needed to repot the African violets for some time. I actually did repot them in larger pots some time ago, but never could find another tray to put them on for watering. So, I put them back in the smaller pots, just a bit deeper and left them for the last year. Now they really are getting so big that I need to do something. They put on a huge growth spurt after being outside in the warm summer and fall months. Even now, they are putting out little leaves and still going.
While I was out in the thrift stores, I looked for a larger tray that both could sit on, but didn’t find anything. When I came across these deep glass dishes, I figured they could just each have their own. The moon is full right now, and the warm temperatures this past week made it a perfect time to do a bit of digging in the dirt. I found two pots in the garage, larger than their current pots, and should do nicely for some time to come.
You can see under this one how much it has grown, all that stem will produce roots if I plant it deeper than it was before.
I did my coffee filter trick in the bottom of the pots too, keeps the dirt in while allowing the water to drain out. I water violets from the bottom, but proper drainage is still important.
Back in the house with their new pots, joining the rest of my little indoor garden on the pie safe in the kitchen.
I am thrilled that the amaryllis is putting out leaves once again! This will be the fourth year it has grown and I am of course hoping for a beautiful display of the deep red flowers. It started like this, just a peek of a leaf, making me smile.
Then a week later it had two leaves. I gave it a diluted feeding hoping that it has all the nutrients it needs to bloom.
Now it has three leaves and the flower bud is showing! The growth is excruciatingly slow, it has taken three weeks to get to this point. But it has been worth the wait every year.
We had more visitors in January too, these deer came by before the snow.
And a group of Northern Flickers made a stop.
Thought you’d like to see the dawn view of clouds coming in before the snow. This is the mountain view to the east.
And this was over the valley the same morning.
I found these interesting wood branches with lichen in the driveway. They fell out of one of the trees that line the paved area. I have to think of something neat to do with them.
DH put up a grow light for me in the basement workshop, and donated a bit of his workbench space for my annual seed planting fever. He put the light on a timer so I won’t have to remember to turn it on and off, and put a grow bulb in it that glows pink. I am fairly confident that with adequate light, the seeds will do better this year. I am planning get some herbs started soon, and a few other veggies a bit later. I’ll show you that in February.
Just to let you know what will happen in the next few days, tomorrow will begin a neat blog hop which I hope you all will enjoy. That post will remain the latest one for four days while I have oral surgery again, hopefully the last time. The previous one really knocked me down for several days, so this hop comes at a good time. You can come back each day to visit the links to the posts for that day, plus there will be a giveaway to keep the interest up. I’ll be back on Friday with the giveaway winner. I may not be answering comments for those days, depends on how many there are and how I feel. I expect to be parked in front of Netflix for several days while DH makes me soup. I’ll be looking at my seed catalogs too.
Are you gardening or thinking about your garden?