Repotting the Lime Tree and Corn Plant

With the cooler weather comes the time to do things outdoors.  My winter is like a northern summer.  I’ve been waiting for months for the heat to go away so the days will feel more normal.  It’s just like suffering through a long, frozen winter and waiting for the warmth of Spring.  Except in reverse.

January has brought cool breezes, lots fewer bugs, and breathable air.  It rains less, but the plants are not burning under the sun, so watering is occasional.  I still check on my plants and vegetable garden.  The Lime tree seemed to be in need of help, and the pot it was in needed an upgrade.  I bought a couple pots at Home Depot, but then decided to use one of my larger fabric bags.  The Lemon tree is doing great in a fabric pot.

Lime tree in fabric pot
Lime tree in fabric pot

The Italian Oregano plant was in need of attention and got a new home in a deeper pot. I also added some bone meal for root growth.

Italian oregano
A new pot for the Italian oregano plant
White flower buds on lime tree
Little white buds on the Persian Lime tree!
new growth
New growth beginning on the lime tree in January

The Meyer Lemon has some pink flower buds, and the Persian Lime has little white buds and greenery popping out along the branches.  Although freezing temperatures could hit, both my citrus trees can be brought indoors for the cold weather.

Pink flower buds on the lemon tree
Lemon tree buds

One other plant that was in need of attention was my corn plant. This one came with me down from New Hampshire. I had purchased some houseplants to decorate when my house was up for sale. The corn plant (this is what I call it, but I’m not sure what the real name is) is meant to be an indoor plant in the north, but here in Florida it does fine outside as long as it’s in the shade. The front of my house doesn’t get direct sunlight, so the corn plant is generally happy by the front door. But the pot was ugly and too small, so now it is in a bigger one.   I think it is happy.

corn plant
The corn plant in a new pot

Turning the Corner on Winter

sepia photography hydrangeasOnce January is here don’t we all begin to look forward to the end of winter? It’s funny, because winter is just getting started really. At least where I live in New Hampshire. January and February are the coldest with the greatest possibility of snowstorms. Yet, we know that the month brings us closer to the Spring months. We’ve turned the corner and begun a new year with new hope for things to come.

It’s got me writing about flowers again! First I went through my hydrangea photos and got them organized. Then I found more free photos to use as I write. (Check out Morguefile if you need free pictures to use for anything.)  Today I wrote a page about the types of hydrangeas.  It was fun to finish it up with lots of colorful hydrangea photos.

Although the world is gray and white with snow on the ground and the daylight gone at 4:00PM, beneath the snow my hydrangeas are waiting. This next year will give them the chance to shine in my yard. Last year was the planting and babying. This summer they can show what they’ve really got. I am excited. Color is coming.