It's been about 50 degrees every day the last couple of weeks. I think it has to do with the return of the sun! Remember that the 42x12 foot space is not heated. It is warmed by the waste heat out of the house that we lose out of the windows as well as the sun. The sun beams warm the gravel and the water inside the solarium and the majority of the heat is from that thermal mass.
So I thought I'd share the things that are blooming and growing despite all the snow outside.
Looks like maybe I should put it in another pot.
It serves the dual purpose of repelling aphids. So I have several types of mint around the solarium.
This is a begonia that was chewed on last summer by aphids. I moved it outside to see if the aphids would leave it alone. By fall it was almost completely dead. But I started watering it and low and behold when I brought it in the solarium for the winter, and the aphids had all been frosted off of it, it decided it was spring. So all winter this begonia has been growing and now is producing little blooms. I attribute a lot of the success to the pot it's in----a recessed water space at the bottom, so it can draw water when it needs it.
I really hope they bloom this year. Last year they didn't. They just got really really tall. I attributed it to a moderate climate in the solarium. I MAY have to move them outside to the garden to see their yellow blooms.
Last fall Curt and I went up and hiked around the Matanuska glacier and dug up some blueberry bushes. We planted them in my berry patch, but I took some of the branches that had come loose and just stuck them in the mud around the pond in the solarium. Last fall they bloomed and I didn't know what to do. Now they are leafing and I have a plan. If I see blooms, I'm going to get a tiny paint brush and try to pollinate them. Wouldn't it be cool to have blueberries growing in the solarium???
These primroses have been so hardy. They keep blooming at about 3 month intervals all year long!
In the back of that pot you can barely see the nasturtium hanging on to life. The aphids didn't like nasturtiums either, so maybe that's what's helped this primrose??
Today is seed planting day, so I'd better get with it. I hope to add new little germinated plant pictures soon! :-)