This is my 300th post. Yeah, that went hella fast! My first-ever post was on 9 February 2009--that's an average of one post every other day or so. Well, averages are a whole lotta bull, because two-thirds of my posts were all in 2009, so I was clearly more active then, but still, that's a lot of writing, a lot of time, a lot of my life committed to the Internet and plants. I imagine all the posts that were going to happen but never did due to time constraints or just plain old timeliness issues. It's a bit whelming.
But as I sit here baking homemade jalapeno poppers and reeling from the implications of the Halloween scare I received, I would like to think of the positives and successes. It's nothing I really plan, but it seems that for both my 100th-post anniversary and my 200th-post anniversary, I thought along the same lines. When important dates or events happen, I like to remember them for the good that comes out of them, what inspiration I can glean from them, what happiness they bring me. And there's plenty here at The Indoor Garden(er) to be happy about, inspired by, and all feel-goody toward/with/etc.!
The dwarf lime tree I bought via mail order wasn't doing amazingly on my windowsill, so it spent a few months outside at Mr. Yogato, where it proceeded not to do amazingly because of drought and people's butts. I recently brought it back home, and now it's sprouting a great deal of new growth!
Have I seriously never, ever, EVER posted a picture of my little purple-flowering Phalaenopsis? I purchased this last winter sometime (December? January?). Well, heck. Anyway--dude had a flower spike on him when I bought him a little less than a year ago, I got him home, and the almost-opened buds withered and fell off. A few months later, the remaining four or five matured and flowered, which was nice, and I can't believe I didn't post that occurrence, but it may have coincided with my multiply-broken collarbone or my niece's death, so whatever. Anyway! My miniature Phalaenopsis is growing well, has a crazy root system, and is now sending out a flower spike! That means it likes me! It really likes me!
These have had some frequent coverage here on The Indoor Garden(er), and on Twitter, where I post photos every two weeks or so (for example), but...it's November, and I have tomatoes ripening on the vine on my windowsill. Despite only having about eight or nine small tomatoes from this one plant (not a high-yield baby at all, what with it being grown in the living room), they are some of the tastiest and most rewarding I have ever known! Yeah, maybe I'd get more and tastier ones from a garden out-of-doors, but then I wouldn't be able to tell people "I grow tomatoes on my windowsill. Suck it, landowners!"
This is a complete unknown! It's in my trailing-succulent mullet planter. It started popping up last week, and I have no idea what it is or even what it could be. I don't remember planting anything in this pot other than the succulent and the Sempervivum. For scale, the leaves are about half of an inch long.
My Aloe "Firebird" that I acquired in August started sending up an inflorescence! The focus was difficult, but the blooms haven't opened yet, so I didn't try all that hard. I always take flowering as a sign of a happy plant--but it could also be an "I think I'm going to die so I better procreate now!" sign. But, regardless--flowering! Yay!
And, speaking of flowering, I can't seem to get a better picture of this Tricyrtis formosana "Samurai" than the one I posted on Twitter. That photo is the background of my phone right now. The one above I find to be cool, however, because if you click on it, you can see little individual trichomes on the underside of the flower petals. I think that's wicked-cool!
Also, I bought this a few weeks ago at Gingko Gardens here in DC. I bought other plants, too, but that's a post for another day, and one of the last in my series of recent plant-acquisition posts. This one gets on here 'cause it's prettier than the rest at the moment (but don't tell them I said that, or I'll have a riot on my hands...!).