About Janice

I love color, in my Southern California garden and the world around me. My passions are gardening, knitting, and ceramics, and taking photographs of it all. My goal is to make Plum Bird Corner a happy place people want to visit often.

My Orchids Are Blooming

purple orchid flower
My Orchids are blooming and they are beautiful. I have four orchids, and two are actually blooming, and two are almost ready to flower. The photo below shows the buds on one of those two plants.
orchid budding
purple orchid flower
This last photo is an orchid that was given to me by our neighbors when they moved to Utah. I previously wrote about the Corn Plant that they also gave me. I hope they see my two posts, so they can see their plants are being well cared for, and that we are enjoying having them in our home.

The Corn Plant a Beautiful Air Purifier

Corn Plant
The Corn Plant, Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’ is a beautiful natural, indoor air purifier. Yesterday I wondered which were the most popular plants, so I did some online research. While looking, I came across the Corn Plant. It makes an ideal house plant because it is easy to take care of and naturally cleans the air.

Unfortunately I also learned that Corn plant is toxic to dogs and cats.  If the plant is ingested, vomiting and increased salivation can occur.

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A Foggy and Damp California Morning


Foggy and damp definitely described the view out of the front window this morning. We  could barely see any of the neighborhood houses. I went into our family room and turned on the electric fireplace. You can see it below. I love the way it cozies up the room.

Next I went to the kitchen to make my morning cup of coffee, in my snowman mug.
Before long, the sun broke through and I  was out in the garden,  checking on my plants. Not long ago I showed you my flowering Thanksgiving cactus. Well, now it’s the day before Christmas, and my Christmas Cactus is very close to blooming. You can see it below.

It always amazes me to see how these plants know exactly what to do. I ‘m keeping the Christmas Cactus inside for a few days, so we can enjoy the beautiful color up close.