Macro Monday: January Blooms

In this neck of the woods, winter is still holding its grip on everything outdoors. It will be March before anything is flowering out there. Even so, there’s still a nice variety of flowers to photograph inside.

This Pink Star Christmas cactus plant is not very big yet, but its later blooming habit makes it a welcome addition to my collection. Perhaps we should call it the After Christmas cactus?

Pink Star Christmas Cactus

Pink Star Christmas Cactus

Another late-bloomer is this Red Pearl Amaryllis. The first blooms are just past their peak as the second flower stalk is now starting to open. Amaryllis are also fairly variable as to blooming time, which make them a great plant for extending indoor color.

Red Pearl amaryllis

Red Pearl amaryllis

And finally, we have a plant that in my opinion smells better than it looks – not that it looks all that bad, mind you. This is my third pot of paperwhite Narcissus to bloom this winter, and even though they are in my basement light garden the aroma is wafting up nicely into the first floor living area. I think they are challenging to photograph, given the mostly white blooms and lack of contrast. Of course I’m growing them for the powerful scent, which can’t be captured anyway!

Ziva Paperwhite Narcissus

Ziva Paperwhite Narcissus

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7 Responses to Macro Monday: January Blooms

  1. Kim says:

    So lovely colors and great macro shots! Can’t wait for Spring to come ^_^ Happy Monday!

    MM:CenterpieceFalls

  2. Helena says:

    These are beautiful! I’ve always loved narcissus flowers. I didn’t know you could grow them inside. Might have to try that. 🙂

  3. Three very different blooms and all so beautiful. Especially the pink of the (After) Christmas Cactus.

  4. Kiki says:

    Super-gorgeous..stunning photos! Very uplifting!

  5. A nice looking trio. I like those white flowers. The lack of color lends an elegance. I had a huge Christmas cactus once…until the propped open window crashed down and chopped it in two.

  6. Colleen says:

    I think you did a very nice job of capturing the paperwhites. I wish there was a way for you to send the scent over the computer!

  7. Thomas says:

    These are great photos! I particularly like the narcissus. I camera is permanently set on auto…I feel like I need to branch out and learn how to properly use it.

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