Jemma's Tales

Winter Windowsill Garden

December 26, 2012
I am so fortunate to have a window above my kitchen sink-with an 

added bonus of a generous sized windowsill.

This windowsill provides an ideal environment for some of my 

house plants! 

 I really love plants of all shapes, sizes, colors, textures and the 

more the merrier!

This happy plant is an Asparagus Fern has dense bright green 


I keep the soil moist, and the Southern exposure is heaven for these 


Moon Valley is quite striking with it's chartreuse and saw-toothed 

edged leaves.

 The texture of the deep craters and valleys on the leaves adds 


 Moon Valley can grow up to 12 inches, I trim the leaves every few 



Asparagus Fern  and Moon Valley thrive harmoniously on my 


African Violets have an interesting history-they were first collected 

from Eastern Africa. 

They have a velvety compact foliage and can be over-watered 

very easily.

Adding water to the saucer, rather than on the soil helps to 

prevent this as the plant absorbs what it needs.


Such a merry plant-the Kalanchoe enjoys a bright location-a 

sunny windowsill or little nook.

Maintain soil on the dry side- a thorough watering, draining any 

excess water and allowing to dry between watering's  will keep this 

plant happy and blooming.

 As blooms fade, clip them off, and it will re-bloom again.

Gardening inside in the winter is such a pleasant way to lift the 

winter doldrums-any special plants that brighten up your spirits 

and home?


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  1. First of all - LOVE your name! About the fern, however, I think it's an asparagus fern, not a foxtail. I may be wrong, but am pretty sure an asparagus fern is what's pictured. Lovely blog!

  2. Wendy, thank you for joining me!

  3. So bright and cheerful in the winter! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  4. I agree that indoor plants and flowers really help to brighten a dull or winter day. The plants look so pretty in your bright window.

  5. Yes, the fern is NOT a foxtail. Foxtails grow foxtail like ferns immediately. However, it is beautiful, just prickly! Happy Indoor Gardening! Pamie G.


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