When I've read some of the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day posts, I've noticed something about a Foliage Followup. I paid more attention this time, and found that Pam, of Digging hosts it. I decided to show most of the plants I'm keeping over the winter, because Darla asked me if I was the one who had a hundred plants inside last year. I'm not sure how many, but there are smooth, rough, thin, thick, green, variegated, and other colors, and lots of different shapes of foliage. All but the African violets and a couple other houseplants live outside when the weather is warm enough.
These plants are on Heidi's kennel that she doesn't use much anymore. It's our computer room that we don't compute in much, either. When we get the time, we plan to turn it into a playroom for our grandson. I'd like to get the dog hair out of the kennel, and let Grandson use it for a little playhouse. Larry wants to take it down, but then I'd have to figure out where to put the plants. The spiky looking leaves are an agapanthus that I'm growing for the first time. I hope it blooms this summer.
The window faces east.
The big bushy plant belongs to our daughter, who doesn't want it anymore because her cat would shred it. I have to cut it back from time to time. I think I've overwatered the oxalis.
The plants on the left are babies of some kind of mother of thousands or millions. The cactus is from a garage sale a number of years ago. I had to adjust some settings for this photo because the plants were too dark to see well.
Next, I'll call this a mother of thousands of millions plant. When I Googled to figure out which it is, I found they are called either thousands or millions, and also found some call it friendship plant. I had to laugh at that. It makes me think of the friendship batter I don't take anymore, because I never get anything made with it. The baby plants are formed along the edge of the leaves. They drop and grow wherever they land. I forgot to do an update of this plant, which had been heavily munched on by rabbits this summer. After being moved out of their reach, it filled out nicely.
Here is what is in the dirt below the mother plant. These will need to be thinned.
This rabbit's foot fern is Larry's. I think this is its 3rd winter. He takes it to the basement and waters it in the shower.
You can see how it got its name.
There is a trailing, and I think, a prostrate rosemary in this pot. They are getting leggy, so I've been cutting them to cook with in hopes they will fill out.
Our daughter gave this to Larry for Father's Day. The short round cactus had a bloom on it that we thought was a dried strawflower, but when we took it off, realized it really was a dried bloom from the plant.
Here is a close up of the red oxalis. I thought it looked like a butterfly when I took the photo.
I have a few angel wing begonias in the kitchen. I did a couple posts last year about things I collect. One of these days, I'll post about my colanders. Do you see the photo of my sister and me? I am on the right.
Someone told me last year what this plant is that I got from an estate sale. I'm thinking it is a type of Wandering Jew. I put it outside this summer for the first time, in the shade, and it took to it well.
My in-laws raised 5 kids in this house, and we used to bring our kids over for supper. We all ate in the kitchen, and I don't know how we did it. We turned a bedroom into a dining room, and put in an east facing garden window. The angel wing begonia on the chair needs to be cut back, because it dried out at some point, and the lower leaves shriveled. I'm hoping it will grow new leaves and fill out.
The scented geraniums get leggy in the winter, but after a good "haircut" and some outdoor sun, they thicken up.
I don't remember if this taller variety of angel wing begonia has bloomed before. It didn't last summer. It keeps getting tall, and I cut it back, hoping it will bush out more, and bloom.