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.