Thursday, February 27, 2014

Flowers. One Must Have Flowers.

While the cold outside is unabating, with temperatures most days remaining well below freezing, quite a few things are coming into bloom inside. The freesias in the sun room began flowering yesterday, the crown-of-thorns (Euphorbia milii) is in bloom as always, there is a little yellow primrose my mom bought me, the sweet osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) is producing a second flush of deliciously fragrant little flowers, and a few stray seedling of bush basil (Ocimum basilicum var. minimum) in the pot of a banana plants have lately been covered in little white flowers as well.

The first freesia bloom

 The osmanthus with its second flush of blossoms

Euphorbia milii, in bloom as always

Baby bush basil, flowering away

Outside of the sun room, a balsam plant (Impatiens balsamina) has begun flowering in the dining room window. I have grown balsam inside before, and this year I actually had quite a few plants going from a mid-fall sowing. The seeds had been a few years old and I had assumed few, if any would germinate. Contrary to my expectations I wound up with dozens of seedlings, but most of them eventually succumbed to a nasty spider mite infestation. Only the ones in the dining room have remained healthy, perhaps because it is quite a bit warmer than the sun room.

Balsam (Impatiens balsamina)

In addition to these things already blooming, it looks as though my two Christmas cacti (Schlumbergera cv.) are setting buds again as well, and then of course there are the hyacinth and tulip bulbs I am forcing. So even if spring is taking his sweet time outside, at least inside there will be lots of flowers.

4 comments:

  1. Lovely flowers you have there, and yes even though the floral display are all indoors it does give you a taster of spring!

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  2. Quite a few gorgeous flowers! Hooray for things that will bloom inside. I can smell the freesia and osmanthus through the interweb!

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  3. Thanks for "warming" up my cold winter day. The flowers, all of them, are really looking good. Nice to see them. Jack

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  4. Lovely flowers! It's wonderful to have blooms indoors at the end of winter when we need them most.

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