Today is another ridiculously cold day - the predicted low this morning was -5 degrees Fahrenheit/-21 degrees Celsius, and it is only a teensy bit warmer now - but according to the ten-day forecast temperatures above freezing are finally on the horizon. In the meantime, here are a few more indoor blooms that help me stay cheerful in the face of this frosty weather:
Freesias (Freesia cv.)
Pelargonium zonale cv.
The freesias are from bulbs carried over from last year's batch. While they flowered abundantly, their foliage was infected by some sort of disease. I was going to throw them out and start with new bulbs this winter but then I tipped out the pots in spring and some of the bulbs were so nice and plump and healthy-looking that I could not bear to throw them out. They spent the summer completely dry in some potting soil in a pot in a corner of the back landing and I repotted them in the fall. The flowers are beautiful and fragrant once again but the disease problems on the foliage appear to be returning as well. Maybe next year I really will buy new bulbs...