Hazels in Bloom

It’s mid-January and our hazel nut trees are in full bloom. The dangling catkins of male flowers glow bright yellow when lit up by sunbreaks. The tiny female flowers that will become the nuts are barely visible at this stage.

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Dwarf Banana

Even though dwarf banana is quite small, for a banana, it makes a pretty big houseplant to about 3 feet wide. It adds instant tropical ambiance to any decor and even produces tasty bananas given abundant sunlight and heat.

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Peacock Plant

Peacock plants, Calathea species, are valued as houseplants for their intricately patterned variegated foliage. Give them ample fluoride-free water and high humidity and they’ll reward you handsomely.  

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Ponytail Palm

Ponytail palm, Beaucarnea recurvata, isn’t a palm at all. It’s an interesting houseplant though, like a Dr. Seuss tree with long, flowing, grass-like leaves on top of a stick on a bowling ball.

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Chinese evergreen

Chinese evergreen, Aglaonema, is one of those nearly foolproof houseplants widely used in interiorscaping of shopping malls, hospitals, and other public spaces. It’s a gorgeous addition to any home as well. Keep it away from pets and kids, it’s an aroid.  

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Aluminum Plant

Aluminum plant is a handsome little houseplant with metallic silvery blotches on the leaves. Ours is now about one foot tall and wide. It sits on an east windowsill in quiet elegance.

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